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Post-Compulsory Education and Training Cert Ed / PGCE; ProfGCE

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: Two year part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time (evening)
  • Campus: NTU at Mansfield
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Post-Compulsory teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

The Post-Compulsory Education course is suitable for applicants with subject specific experience from a wide variety of areas and industries. This course leads to a teaching qualification in the Post-Compulsory Education sector. The award meets the national professional standards, and allows you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS). QTLS is the badge of professionalism for post-16 education and training and has been recognised as equivalent to QTS, allowing holders to work in secondary schools.

We equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for the demanding role of teacher / lecturer. The course is endorsed within the national framework for the sector and constitutes the University's equivalent of the Diploma in Education and Training.

QTLS is completed post-qualification and within your employing institution through professional formation, which involves you demonstrating your skills and knowledge in your professional practice. Applications are made by you through NTU in the academic year immediately following qualification, free of charge.

What you’ll study

This course is offered at two levels (leading to one of three awards). You apply for either the PGCE or CertEd depending on your qualifications and will be assessed for the ProfGCE whilst on the course:

  • PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education
    You will join this level if you have a good honours degree. You will also be able to study for Masters-level credits, giving you a head start on gaining a postgraduate qualification. You may be able to join this level from the CertEd.
  • ProfGCE - Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
    You will need a good honours degree for entry to this level. You may be able to join this level fom the CertEd.
  • Cert Ed - Certificate in Education
    If you have the equivalent to A-levels or have significant experience in your intended subject specialism, you will join the CertEd.

The aims of the course are to prepare students to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and learning activities in the post-compulsory education sector and to help students to develop appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes. It equips students with an ability to reflect upon and learn from their professional practice and build students' confidence in their ability to perform their professional roles whilst creating a sound foundation for further professional and career development.

All students follow a course of study and research which covers an introduction to post-compulsory education; curriculum issues, particularly around inclusive practice; and quality; principles of learning and the characteristics of the post-14 learner; planning for learning and methods of teaching and assessment. Fully integrated into this course is a structured and supervised practical teaching component in one of our partner institutions.

Placements

The teaching experience in partner colleges / centres is central to the course. You will be supported throughout the experience by a mentor who specialises in your subject area, giving you the confidence to take your industry experience into the classroom.

What will I teach?

This course equips you with the skills required to teach, but not subject-specific knowledge. Schools and colleges have a wide curriculum and as long as we can find you an appropriate placement, we can accept you to train for any subject you have the relevant experience to teach.

Students are assessed on both coursework and their teaching practice. The focus of assessments is determined by the student's own practice and subject specialism.

On the part-time programme, two assessments are completed in Year One and two in Year Two.

Structure

This course has been designed to specifically enable you to develop your academic and teaching skills in a structured and coherent way. The teaching placement underpins the whole course and is linked to all assessments; practical teaching is linked specifically to assessments one, two, and three.

The assessments are linear to enable you to build on and develop your knowledge and experience, with later assessments consolidating and extending earlier learning and skills, particularly in relation to professional practice. This development is both focused and aspirational, taking you from being a ‘Beginning Teacher’ at the start (assessment one), through being a ‘Developing and Professional Teacher’ (assessment two) to becoming an ‘Independent and Innovative Teacher’ with a clear subject-specific focus (assessment three).

Assessment One: Learning and Teaching: in PCET (40 credit points)

There are two parts to this assessment. The first focuses on developing a basic range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies to prepare you for your placement. The second focuses on the sector as a whole and investigates the roles and responsibilities of a teacher in post-compulsory education and training. It includes learning about the different types of students and their needs, and the policies and practices that underpin the teaching role.

This assessment is generic so if you are undertaking the Mathematics and Numeracy Pathway, the English and Literacy Pathway, or the Special and Inclusive Pathway, you will study with others in your full-time or part-time group.

Assessment Two: Learning and Teaching: the Professional Teacher (20 credit points)

This assessment enables you to develop an understanding of how theory and practice are linked. It helps you to identify what good practice in teaching, learning and assessment looks like in practice and supports you to evidence your good practice from placement. It focuses on behaviour, awarding bodies and other areas such as assessment, planning, and professionalism.

If you are undertaking the Mathematics and Numeracy Pathway, the English and Literacy Pathway, or the Special and Inclusive Pathway, some sessions will be subject specialist in order to explore subject knowledge and pedagogy and strengthen your own Mathematics, English or Special and Inclusive skills and knowledge.

Assessment Three: Learning and Teaching: the Subject Specialist and Wider Context (20 credit points)

You’ll explore your subject in depth through the preparation, delivery and reflection of your teaching, learning, and assessment within placement. You will evidence your practice from placement in your ePortfolio, and will include eight formal observations and three pieces of evidence that demonstrate your ability to meet each of the twenty Professional Standards for the sector. You’ll also carry out a mini case study to support your understanding of curriculum design and development.

If you are undertaking the Mathematics and Numeracy Pathway, the English and Literacy Pathway, or the Special and Inclusive Pathway, some sessions will be subject specialist in order to explore subject knowledge and pedagogy and strengthen your own Mathematics, English or Special and Inclusive skills and knowledge.

Assessment Four: PCET: Independent Study (40 credit points)

You’ll carry out a professional enquiry into your own practice in order to support your development. You will conduct a literature search around your chosen topic in order to inform your understanding. The theory researched will be used to develop / change your practice. You will describe the changes you have made and analyse their impact on your learners, making recommendations for further development to your practice

This assessment is generic so if you are undertaking the Mathematics and Numeracy Pathway, the English and Literacy Pathway, or the Special and Inclusive Pathway, you will study with others in your full-time or part-time group.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Jennifer Hunter

I wanted to take the next step in my career and now I can!

Rachael Bednall

I will be coming back to NTU to gain any further qualifications. I would not want to go anywhere else.

How you’re taught

Teaching experience

We will only accept students if we believe we can provide a relevant placement opportunity, or if you have an appropriate agreed placement arranged prior to applying.

Part-time study
Teaching practice is undertaken one day a week (a minimum of 150 hours teaching) over the duration of the programme. During their time in the host college / centre students are supported by a mentor - a member of staff who is a specialist in the student’s subject area. University sessions are held one day a week, with some directed study days within the year. This pathway is ideal for those who wish to work or have other commitments whilst on the course.

Covid-19 Planning

We will be adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques including online and face-to-face (where practical) to ensure that students can meet their learning outcomes in full. We will respond proactively to any national or local policy changes (including lock down) to ensure student safety as our primary concern whilst continuing to focus on offering a comprehensive student academic experience and will work flexibly with our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged by Covid-19.

Staff Profiles

Angela Schofield

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Angela Schofield is the Course Leader for the CertEd/PGCE Post-Compulsory Education and Training.

Careers and employability

The post-compulsory education sector covers a multitude of different educational environments including:

  • colleges of further education
  • community learning and development centres
  • places of work
  • adult education centres
  • libraries, archives and information services
  • private training organisations
  • sixth form colleges
  • prisons and young offender institutions
  • voluntary and charity organisations
  • universities.

On gaining the award, students typically pursue a career in one of these areas teaching as lecturers or tutors within their specialist field. QTLS is completed post-qualification and within your employing institution through professional formation, which involves you demonstrating your skills and knowledge in your professional practice. Applications are made by you through NTU in the academic year immediately following qualification, free of charge.

The CertEd offers a foundation for professional development. For those who wish to progress to graduate status they can undertake the BA (Hons) Education award. Graduates who successfully complete the PGCE or ProfGCE course can progress to the MA Education.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

For the Prof GCE / PGCE:

  • a UK honours degree, at a minimum Third Class in the intended subject specialism; and
  • relevant work experience will strengthen your application.

For the Cert Ed:

  • A-level at grade C or equivalent; or
  • substantial industrial / commercial experience in the intended subject specialism.

Other requirements:

  • an interview
  • an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, and any other safeguarding checks that may be necessary; and
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at minimum grade C / 4 or equivalent; and
  • one academic or vocational reference.

Basic knowledge of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is an advantage.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Fees and funding

2022 course fees

CourseHome (UK students)
PGCE PCET£9,250 (full time), £4,625 (part-time)  

Home students can apply for a student loan for tuition and maintenance fees. In addition students may be eligible for maintenance or special support grants.

2022 course fees

CourseInternational/ EU students
PGCE PCET£15,600 (full time), £7,800 (part-time)

How to apply

Application dates

To join this course in September 2022, applications must be made before 1 September 2022 (with an agreement of interview for late applications). Any application made after 1 September 2022 will be considered for entry in September 2023 only. To ensure you have a place on the course we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

How to apply

This course is offered at three award levels. You apply for either the PGCE or CertEd depending on your qualifications and will be assessed for the ProfGCE whilst on the course. You do not need to make multiple applications if you'd like to complete more than one pathway. Please apply to your preferred pathway and mention within the personal statement the pathways you'd like to complete.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application

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Keeping up to date

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Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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