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.
You are passionate, patient and eager to inspire a generation. You never settle for simply meeting expectations, you exceed them, and you are ready to take the first step towards a lifelong career in education.
In education, you can make a lasting impression on people’s lives. Every day you will get the chance to inspire students and colleagues, and use your unique skills to give something back. Careers in the sector vary, from teaching in a diverse range of settings, including schools, sixth forms, colleges, prisons and hospitals, to becoming part of the next generation of managers and leaders.
Whichever course you choose, you will develop the knowledge, understanding and expertise to ensure you have a successful career in the field of education. Your course will provide you with an understanding of the scope within the sector, while preparing you for a sustainable career. Modules reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of education and offer you valuable insight into the sector. Placements on some programmes will allow you invaluable practical experience and enable you to apply theory to real-life situations. You will learn from academics with extensive experience as practitioners and benefit from guest speakers across a range of educational organisations to broaden your understanding of current issues, along with teaching and management practices.
You will graduate as a confident and skilled advocate for education. As a newly qualified professional in the education sector, you could progress into a middle or senior management role in a school, college or university. You could also benefit from a career in administration, careers guidance, special needs, a role in an education authority or other associated organisations. Upon completion of an initial teacher training qualification, you will be eligible to follow a process of professional growth through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.
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 2023.
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 2021-22 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.