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Post-Compulsory Education and Training (with Science, Engineering and Technology)

Student
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2017
  • Course duration: One year full-time

The Post-Compulsory Education and Training with SET at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

The Post-Compulsory Education and Training with SET is a ‘closed course’ with entrants limited to those whose applications are supported by their employment in FE colleges/centres in the PCET with SET Hub. The course leads to a teaching qualification in the post-compulsory education and training sector.

The awards meet the national professional standards, set out by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).

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.

What you'll study

What you will study?


This degree 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:

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 60 Masters-level credits, giving you a head-start on gaining a postgraduate qualification.
ProfGCE - Professional Graduate Certificate in Education - You may join this level from 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 Cert Ed.
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; enterprise 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 Science, Engineering and Technology, giving you the confidence to take your industry experience into the classroom.

What will I teach?

The increasing demand for Science, Engineering and Technology teachers and tutors mean this is a great time for enthusiastic graduates to train to teach in these areas. You could be teaching anything from basic science, engineering and technology skills to A-level and beyond.

  • Modules and Assessments

    The course is structured to include both taught sessions and independent study with tutor support in the form of individual and group tutorials.

    Module 1: Learning and Teaching: in PCET 40 credit points

    This module embeds the Award in Education and Training (AET) and the Certificate in Education and Training (CET) and focuses on developing a basic range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies to prepare you for your placement. The content includes managing behaviour, learning about learners and policies and procedures that underpin teaching roles.  You will deliver a short teaching session (microteach) to peers and evaluate it; this provides you with confidence, new skills and specific areas to work on when you go in to your teaching placement;

    Module 2: Learning and Teaching: the professional science, engineering and technology teacher 20 credit points

    In this module, further generic theory is explored and theory relating to your subject pathway is introduced, to allow you to develop an understanding of how theory and practice are linked. You will also identify ways in which you can support your learners in developing their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills whilst studying on your course. This allows you to build on what you learned in Module 1 and extend the range and effectiveness of your skills in developing as a subject teacher. This module introduces the idea of ‘good practice’ which is drawn from a range of theoretical perspectives;

    Module 3: Learning and Teaching: the science, engineering and technology specialist 20 credit points

    This module builds on Module 2 and explores your subject and curricula in depth. You will learn what constitutes ‘subject pedagogy’ and will have the opportunity to review and reflect on your own development as a subject teacher. There will be an ‘Interviews and Applications’ session in this module to support you in looking forward to the end of the course and employment. Your experiences through this module will enhance your employability, including the opportunity to model the use of technology and develop an ePortfolio;

    Module 4: PCET: independent study 40 credit points

    This module builds on your experience in the personal professional development and subject specialist development modules to enable you to investigate and explore a particular issue of interest. Your investigation will allow you to make recommendations to improve learner engagement, participation, achievement or inclusion in support of your own practice. You will be given the opportunity to share the findings of your investigation by presenting them to your peers, as part of the formative assessment, which meets our aim to foster the development of a community of practice within the module, so creating a broader awareness of educational issues and practice.

    In relation to practical teaching, you are required to complete a minimum of 150 teaching hours over the duration of one year (full time course)) and you will have 8 teaching observations. At least 50% of your teaching hours must be carried out in a context appropriate to your subject pathway You must pass the practical element of the course to pass the course.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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 the Society for Education and Training and the time frame for completion is determined by your individual circumstances.

How you’re taught

Teaching experience

We will only accept students who are employed by an FE college/centre which is a member of the PCET with SET Hub and are provided with appropriate agreed placement opportunities.

Full-time study

Teaching practice is undertaken three days a week (a minimum of 150 hours of teaching) over the duration of the course. During their time in the  college/centre students are supported by a mentor - a member of staff who is a specialist in Science, Engineering and Technology. University sessions are held one day a week.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The post-compulsory education and training 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 science, engineering or technology 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 the Society for Education and Training and the time frame for completion is determined by your individual circumstances.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • Enhance your communication skills
  • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • Boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Further information on careers and employability

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.

The QTLS award is now recognised as equivalent to QTS and graduates may also choose to work in schools as a secondary teacher.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

For the Prof GCE / PGCE

  • a UK honours degree, at a minimum 2.2 in SET related subject. Third Class graduates require additional A-level qualifications in a SET related subject at grade B or equivalent; and
  • relevant work experience will strengthen your application.

For the Cert Ed

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

Other requirements:

  • an interview (may include a microteach of the chosen subject area); and
  • a Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
  • a Prohibition Order check; and
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at minimum grade C or equivalent; and
  • one academic or vocational reference.
  • Basic knowledge of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is an advantage.

Getting in touch

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

What are we looking for?

For the Prof GCE / PGCE

  • a UK honours degree, at a minimum 2.2 in  a SET related subject. Third Class graduates require additional A-level qualifications in a SET related subject at grade B, or equivalent; and
  • relevant work experience will strengthen your application.

For the Cert Ed

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

Other requirements:

  • an interview (may include a microteach of the chosen subject area); and
  • a Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
  • a Prohibition Order check; and
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at minimum grade C or equivalent; and
  • one academic or vocational reference.

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

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

How to apply

Post-Compulsory Education and Training (with Science, Engineering and Technology) is a closed course and only open to applicants new to teaching who have an employer supporting the application.

Please complete our student registration form and send it to PCET.partnerships@ntu.ac.uk

Guidance notes to help you complete the student registration form can be found here.

In addition to completing the student registration form, please email copies of the following documents:

  • GCSE English certificate
  • GCSE maths certificate
  • Highest qualification certificate
  • Reference/referral document from employer
  • DBS information (if available).

Questions?

Tel +44 (0)115 848 4460

Email: edu.enquiries@ntu.ac.uk

Application dates

To join this course in September 2017, applications must be made before 1 September 2017. Any application made after 1 September 2017 will be considered for entry in September 2018 only.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

How to apply

Post-Compulsory Education and Training (with Science, Engineering and Technology) is a closed course and only open to applicants new to teaching who have an employer supporting the application.

Please complete our student registration form and send it to PCET.partnerships@ntu.ac.uk

Guidance notes to help you complete the student registration form can be found here.

In addition to completing the student registration form, please email copies of the following documents:

  • GCSE English certificate
  • GCSE maths certificate
  • Highest qualification certificate
  • Reference/referral document from employer
  • DBS information (if available).

Questions?

Tel +44 (0)115 848 4460

Email: edu.enquiries@ntu.ac.uk

Application dates

To join this course in September 2017, applications must be made before 1 September 2017. Any application made after 1 September 20178 will be considered for entry in September 2018 only.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry are £9,250 which will be covered by funding from the Education and Training Foundation.

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details.

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Still need help?

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