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Education Professional Graduate Certificate

Course Description

The aim of the course is to provide graduates with the opportunity to develop professional knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to become teachers, tutors and/or trainers in the learning sector and skills sector (post-compulsory education and training). They have been developed as a result of major changes in the requirements for teachers within the learning and skills sector.

This new and exciting course offers the prospect of teaching and assessing students across a breadth of curricula and provide an online learning capability that promotes flexibility through a variety of learning opportunities.Training builds upon your previous knowledge and experience and there is a strong emphasis on active learning.

You will gain a qualification enabling you to teach students in further education, sixth form and tertiary colleges, prisons, adult education and work-based learning settings.

Key Course Features

-Teaching in the post-compulsory sector has undergone a period of professionalisation in recent years, and this award is now the nationally-endorsed qualification for the sector
-The quality of training you will receive is paramount to your effective continued development as professionals in the sector, and this is reflected in the support and guidance afforded throughout the period of training with tutorand mentor guidance
-The University has strong links with local further education colleges and training institutions in the region
-A Welsh Government training bursary may be available if you are studying via the full-time route
-The programme is taught through flexible study depending upon the selected route

What Will You Study?

The course is designed in two phases: Phase 1 is designed to support generic skills for teaching and learning in relation to the following:
-Planning lessons
-Strategies for teaching and learning
-Assessment strategies
-Resources for learning
-Reflection and evaluation of teaching and learning
-Subject specific teaching and learning

-Introduction to Teaching
-The Reflective Practitioner
-Teaching to Enable Learning
-Subject Specialist Pedagogy

Phase 2 considers extending your practice through creative and innovative strategies for teaching, learning andassessment and encourages wider reading and scholarly research to inform and underpin your practice.

This phase of the programme examines the role of a teacher in the learning and skills sector and the impact of national policies and strategies on subject-specific and organisational processes and practice. The concept of continuous professional development is explored as an ongoing process that extends beyond the course and into your career as a teacher in the learning and skills sector.

-The Organisation and the Individual
-Teacher as Self-Developer
-Negotiated Study
-Innovation and the Teacher

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

You will undertake practical-based assignments throughout the course. The course team is responsive to creative use of assessment strategies that facilitate and support learners’ styles of learning. Tutor, mentor and peer observations are integral to the programme.

Career Prospects

Post-compulsory education and training is a rapidly developing and expanding area which, through the requirement of an endorsed professional teaching qualification, is establishing clearly defined career progression routes within the sector and opportunities for further advanced study.

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Visit the Education Professional Graduate Certificate page on the Wrexham Glyndwr University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

For the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education you will be expected to hold a bachelors degree in the subject you wish to teach. For entry onto the part-time course you will have to secure 150 hours of teaching for the duration of the course, with an appropriate education or training institute.

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