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PGCE Further Education and Training


Course Description

The most recent Ofsted inspection (June 2014) judged Edge Hill University’s initial teacher education for further education to be Outstanding. The report commended “the exceptionally high-quality training in further education” which “develops deeply reflective trainees, guided by expert mentors who help them to attain outstanding outcomes.”

This programme carries eligibility for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. Since April 2012, QLTS has been approved by the Department for Education as being equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for schools and therefore there is the possibility of teaching in a school if your specialist subject is part of the curriculum for the given age range.

A PGCE in Further Education and Training will provide you with an endorsed qualification that can be used to teach or train in the Further Education / Lifelong Learning sector. It is suitable for those who are looking to enter teaching in the sector for the first time, as well as those who are already working in further education, a work-based learning setting, the voluntary sector or in public sector training such as the Police, Fire Service, Health Service and Prison Service. The programme will provide you with a wide range of practical skills and the insights to support you in becoming a confident and credible teacher or trainer of the highest quality.

What will I study?

This is a practice-focused programme which will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to become an outstanding teacher and trainer in the Further Education and Training sector.

The programme will develop your professionalism, consider what makes highly effective teachers and trainers, and explore current issues in the Lifelong Learning sector. You will gain a detailed understanding of the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training through a combination of self-evaluation, action planning and reflection.

Selecting an optional module in English/Literacy, Maths/Numeracy or Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), you will enhance your knowledge of effective curriculum design and development, examine the impact of resources and learning technologies, and evaluate innovative and creative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment in your chosen subject area.

How will I study?

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, as well as professional practice.

Attendance is typically two days per week on campus, with three days per week dedicated to professional practice. Please note, your professional practice requires a minimum of 100 hours teaching.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through coursework and observations of teaching and training. The assessment strategies are varied but place a significant focus on developing knowledge and skills that will be useful in practice. Portfolios of evidence, drawn from the trainee’s practice, encourage the development of innovation in teaching and learning activities.

During the programme each trainee will be observed eight times. These observations will be shared between tutors and work-based mentors. This approach offers you feedback not only on generic aspects of teaching but also the teaching of your subject specialism.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by experienced tutors and work-based mentor trainers who are specialists in their subject area.

What are my career prospects?

Successfully completing this PGCE will give you a distinct advantage as you seek employment as a teacher in further education and training.

The programme is specifically designed to allow you to demonstrate achievement of the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training. These Professional Standards, published in May 2014, stipulate the minimum professional requirement in terms of knowledge, skills and professional values. Once you have completed this programme and are active as a teacher, trainer or tutor in the sector, you will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Status Learning and Skills (QTLS) as part of the professional formation process.

For those candidates who may be experienced, and even qualified, within their professional sector, e.g. police and NHS trainers, undertaking a nationally recognised qualification may offer wider employment opportunities.

Entry Requirements

To join this PGCE you should have a first or second class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification) in a subject that forms part of the Further Education and Training curriculum. GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or equivalent, are required. Additional criteria apply depending on your chosen specialism. If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’.

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