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PGCE (Incorporating the Diploma in Education and Training)

Course Description

Do you see yourself teaching in the further education and skills sector? With options to work in FE Colleges, adult and community education, work-based training, offender learning and public sector organisations, our nationally-endorsed qualification helps you develop the required skills, knowledge and professional values. With a large proportion of your time spent on placement, you’ll have the chance to gain a wealth of real world experience preparing you for a fulfilling and rewarding career.

Key features

Receive "excellent support from tutors and mentors and make good progress in developing the skills and attributes to become accomplished teachers"*.

Put your new knowledge into practice, whilst building your confidence and experience, with a significant proportion of the programme devoted to your placement. You will spend two days a week (one day for part-time students) on placement in a further education and skills setting.

Benefit from highly qualified tutors with many years’ experience in the further education and skills sector.

Take the opportunity to learn flexibly, take the option of studying full time (one year) or part time (two years).

Demonstrate innovation, creativity and enterprise throughout your time on the course and benefit from the way education for sustainable development is embedded in the programme. There is a strong research base across the partnership which underpins these and other developments in the programme.

Work closely with your fellow trainees, learning together and from one another, with peer-support is an important part of the programme’s philosophy and organisation.

Take advantage of opportunities to network with potential employers. Follow in the footsteps of many of our trainees and possibly go on to find employment within the organisations you work with during your placement.

Tailored for applicants who hold a bachelors or masters degree. The Certificate in Education is available to those who do not hold one of these qualifications.

Take your qualifications to the next level - after completing this course you'll have the option to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status

Choose a specialist maths pathway which may enable you to apply for a bursary.

*Ofsted (2014)

Course details

You can choose to study the PGCE full time (one year) or part time (two years). Whichever study option you select, you’ll be expected to complete four 30-credit modules and eight teaching observations. As a full-time trainee you’ll be committed to a Monday to Friday week of academic and professional study, consisting of two full days per week of on-campus study, two days per week of professional practice placement (arranged by the University) and one day per week of independent study and research.

As a part-time trainee your commitments per week will be halved (one day of on- campus study, one day of placement, and half a day of study, per week). You’ll work closely with your colleagues on the programme, learning together and from one another, with peer-support an important part of the programme organisation and learning. Your teaching observations will be carried out by University tutors and subject specialist mentors in an atmosphere of professional evaluation and support.


Non-academic Requirements:

You’ll be required to complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and complete a criminal convictions self-declaration form. You must be deemed fit to teach. All appropriately qualified candidates will be given equal consideration during the selection process. The University does not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, colour, disability, religion, nationality, age, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.

Entry onto these programmes is conditional on the University identifying a suitable placement and mentor.

Applications for this programme are made via the UCAS Teacher Training site.

There is a two-stage interview process for this course. The first is conducted by a member of the teaching team, which includes a short presentation that you prepare and deliver and follows the format described below. If successful there will be a second interview with a subject specialist tutor from the placement college. This interview is to ascertain your level of subject knowledge in the areas that you might reasonably be expected to teach whilst on your teaching placement. Find more information about interviews in the Institute's interview pages.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you require:

IELTS at level 7 with 7 in all four components or GCSE in English language at grade C or above.
IELTS at level 6 and an undergraduate degree in the UK or IELTS at level 6.5 and a postgraduate degree in the UK.
You’ll normally be pre-service and your entry onto the programme will be conditional upon the University identifying a suitable placement and mentor in the subject specialism.

Visit the PGCE (Incorporating the Diploma in Education and Training) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Bachelors or masters degree in a relevant subject, GCSE English at grade C or above or a Level 2 equivalent, GCSE Maths Grade G or above, or a Level 1 equivalent, Good information and communications technology (ICT) skills. Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

Course Fees

UK/EU: £9000, International: £12,250, Islands: £9000

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