Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Further Education and Skills Sector) (Full-time)

PGCECourse ContentWhat our Graduates doEntry Requirements

The full-time Professional Graduate 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 Institute for Learning (IfL). From 1 April 2012 IfL members with QTLS status are recognised as qualified to teach in schools.

The full-time PGCE route is a one year, pre-service teacher training programme. This qualification does not cover primary school teaching.

My tutors are very supportive and I am receiving lots of constructive advice and feedback to help me become a better teacher.

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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 Masters’ level study. There are other opportunities to work in teaching and/or management in any post-compulsory educational setting.

Satisfactory attendance of an interview day during which you will conduct a micro-teach session, conduct literacy and numeracy assessments, 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, minimum 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

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  • Higher Education (Degree Level)
  • Colchester

1 year
Course Code: ZT6PREDF01
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Start Date September 2017
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  • University of Essex
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