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Teacher Training PGDE In-Service

Teacher Training PGDE In-Service

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Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code:Apply direct to UCO

Duration:2 years

Course type: Part Time

Fees per year:£3750

Additional costs per year:DBS Check - £44 (2022-23) / £50 (2023-24)

Delivery Method:Face-to-face via Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials


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This course leads to a professional qualification if you are already teaching in further education colleges, adult education, higher education and a wide range of other training and educational settings. If you are appropriately employed in the learning and skills sector, it provides a route to the status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). Please note that the course does not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for those working or intending to work in schools, although currently it is possible for people with QTLS to obtain work in maintained schools as a qualified teacher.

Course Content

The Certificate in Education (lifelong learning), Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning), Postgraduate Certificate in Education (lifelong learning) and Post Graduate Diploma in Education (lifelong learning) are structured around modules which are based on different aspects of teachers’ work such as designing learning materials, assessing students, and evaluating learning and teaching.

Academic credit is gained by undertaking assignments and providing evidence of achievement. This allows you to explore topics that are of interest to you, relevant to your working environment, and to your career development. As part of the course, you will complete a subject specialist module. This requires attendance at the university. You will be informed of the exact dates during the course.

Research Informed Teaching Learning and Assessment

This module develops an understanding of how people learn in post-compulsory education and training and of the role of assessment. You will be assessed on an assignment in two parts (coursework together worth 100% of the module). For the first part, you will plan, prepare, deliver and reflect on a learning session contextualised within your own role in Education & Training. You will also write a critical account investigating the learning needs of specified learners and discussing how you have planned, enabled and assessed their learning.

Becoming a Subject Specialist Teacher

This module is designed to help you learn how to identify and respond to learners’ needs with suitable teaching, learning and assessment strategies. You will engage in personal and professional development planning and, through two pieces of coursework, together worth 100% of the module marks, develop your practice. The first task, a teaching practitioner file, will include a personal development plan, observations of your teaching and a structured, reflective journal; and the second task, a reflective personal skills presentation, may take the form of your choice.

Being a Subject Specialist Teacher

This module builds on previous generic and subject specialist development in two ways. Firstly, it contributes to the development of more advanced strategies and methods for promoting learning and, secondly, it involves a sharper focus on specific specialist areas and the critical analysis of their pedagogy. The module achieves these purposes by enhancing the ability to reflect critically on, and to evaluate, teaching and learning; by recognising particular curriculum and professional challenges; and by developing critical responses to these concerns in sophisticated, innovative and creative ways. Key learning activities of the module are practical teaching experience and the engagement with other specialists through collaborative practice.

Policy and Professional Issues

This module will develop your understanding of the concept of policy, professionalism and the influences that shape it. Through two pieces of coursework, together worth 100% of the module marks, you will discuss theories and relate them to your own context and professional role. This module encourages critical thinking and informed discussion in relation to the education sector.

Placements and Work Experience

In-service trainees will normally have a placement when they apply, as they are already working in a teaching role; however, it is possible to join the course with a volunteer placement and this should be arranged by the applicant prior to starting the course.​

Career Opportunities

The growth of lifelong learning should enhance your career opportunities. The awards are currently registered with the Education Training Foundation (ETF) and are accredited by the Higher Education Academy, the relevant professional bodies for further and higher education teaching.​​

Teaching and Assessment

Much of the course is focused on practical teaching. Through your employment or voluntary teaching, you gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals, with support from tutors and your mentor, as a vehicle for your development. Practical experience allows you to gain competence in planning, teaching and learning, and in working with learners both in formal classrooms and in student centred learning situations, such as drop in study centres.

During the course you undertake project work, such as developing new course materials. Academic work includes critically examining creativity in teaching, subject specialist related studies, quality assurance and professional issues. Modules also allow you to explore particular areas of interest.

Other Information
  • UCO is a member of the Education and Training Consortium

The Education and Training Consortium (ETC) was formally constituted in 2001 , a pioneering collaborative partnership between FE and the University of Huddersfield focusing on teacher education awards for the ‘Lifelong Learning Sector’. Geographically, ETC members are dispersed across the north of England from Hull to Liverpool, but there are member institutions as far afield as Northumberland, Norfolk and Essex. The colleges partners are the key sites of practice and offer a huge store of knowledge and expertise. The University of Huddersfield retains responsibility for academic standards and quality assurance; Key beneficiaries are the students who, in this case, are both in-service and pre-service trainee teachers – beyond whom are the thousands of FE learners they teach.

Entry Requirements

You should normally be in paid employment, as a teacher or trainer, for a minimum of 100 hours (at least 50 hours in any one year) at a recognized training or educational establishment. Voluntary teaching/training may be acceptable in some circumstances. You should also have relevant work experience (where appropriate to the subject field).

For the Postgraduate Diploma (Advanced PGCE) in Education:

  • UK first degree or equivalent, normally at 2.2 or above
  • Qualifications at a minimum of NVQ level 3 in the subject area you teach (if this is different from that of your degree)
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly Criminal Records Bureau) clearance checks; date and associated reference number.
  • In paid or voluntary employment.
  • Evidence of qualifications.

If you hold a basic teaching qualification (such as DTLLS Part One) or have substantial knowledge and experience of teaching you may be able to make a claim for accreditation of prior learning.

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