The full-time PGCE route is a one year, pre-service teacher training programme. The part-time PGCE initial teacher training programme provides a combination of theoretical and practice-based study and training covering all the essential aspects of a full teacher role for practitioners in the lifelong learning sector. This Postgraduate course does not address primary and secondary school teaching.
Our programmes are extremely well thought of nationally and regionally as evidenced by our exceptionally high employment rates on graduation and, for those that wish it, some quite swift progressions into managerial level positions.
Our Initial Teacher Education programmes are part of the School of Education, which we can trace our origins back to 1949 as the St Osyth College of Teacher Training! We currently offer a range of nationally recognised teaching qualifications through a mixture of theory and practical experience in readiness for a full and enjoyable career within the Education Sector.
University-led programmes providing you with specialist training led by university tutors informed by practical experience in placements include the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Level 7 PGCE), the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Level 6 PGCE), Certificate in Education (Level 5 CertEd). These are awarded by the University of Huddersfield.
In addition the school offers the BTEC Award in Education and Training (Level 3), which serves as an introduction to teaching or progressing onto the level 5, 6 or 7 programmes.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course is designed to encourage students to achieve the aims through engaging in activities which are directly related to their own teaching context. Students are assessed through a mixture of essays, reports, assignments and practical tasks as appropriate for the learning outcomes of each individual module. Holders of these awards may apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status which is conferred by the Society for Education and Training following a period of professional formation. From 1st April 2012 QTLS status has been recognised as equivalent to QTS for the purpose of teaching in secondary schools.
The course operates on a modular basis. All modules count for 30 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours, which includes scheduled teaching, independent study, teaching placement hours and assessment activity.
Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester totaling 120 credits in the academic year to complete the course.
Part-time students take modules worth 30 credits per semester, 60 credits per year for each of the two years of the course.
On both pathways a total of 120 credits are required to pass the course
Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
Satisfactory attendance of an interview day during which you will conduct a micro-teach session, baseline literacy and numeracy assessment, take part in a group discussion and have a one to one interview with a member of the core team. You are also required to hold an honours degree, and it is recommended that you hold level 2 qualifications in English (literacy) and Mathematics (numeracy). Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)* enhanced check. *Please note there is a charge of £44 for a DBS check.
*UCAS Tariff points where shown, are for entry on to higher education programmes starting from September 2021.
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
Additional requirements for International Students:
All of our graduates are practising teachers. Previous trainees have gone on to study further specialist teaching qualifications, for example the level 5 Certificate in Continuing Education Teaching Literacy and ESOL or the level 5 Certificate in Teaching Numeracy) or have progressed to Postgraduate and Masters’ level study. There are other opportunities to work in teaching and/or management in any post-compulsory educational setting.
A mandatory section of Module 3 – Being a Subject Specialist Teacher, is the attendance at a subject specialist conference held at the University of Huddersfield and there are associated costs such as hotel, subsistence and travel which are anticipated to be in the region of £150.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures.
When not attending lectures, seminars and practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-directed study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations
Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
All Fees and prices shown on the website are for courses starting in the 2020-21 academic year and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.
The course information describes programmes offered by University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.
The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.