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Post-Compulsory Education and Training (with English and Literacy)

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: One year full-time, two years part-time

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Post-Compulsory and English teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

This Post-Compulsory Education degree is suitable for applicants with English or Literacy subject experience from a wide variety of areas and industries. It leads to a teaching qualification in the post-compulsory education sector.

The awards meet the national professional standards, and allows you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) when you have completed your course. QTLS 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.

This course is also offered with subject specialist pathways:

What you'll study

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to out students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

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. You may join this level from the CertEd.
  • 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; 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 English or Literacy, giving you the confidence to take your industry experience into the classroom.

What will I teach?

The increasing demand for English and Literacy teachers and tutors mean this is a great time for enthusiastic English graduates to train to teach.

You could be teaching anything from basic literacy skills to A-level English and beyond.

  • Assessments

    Students are assessed by both coursework and their teaching practice. The focus of assignments 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 degree 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: Teaching and Learning: in PCET (40 credit points)

    This assessment will introduce you to the post compulsory sector, exploring the role, responsibilities and boundaries of a teacher, introducing generic teaching, learning and assessment methods, exploring behaviour management and establishing early inclusive and reflective practice. To align to sector qualifications, the content of this assessment meets the award in Education and Training for the Education and Training Certificate (via LSIS, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, brand).

    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 tutor (20 credit points)

    This assessment will build on assessment one and develop a deeper understanding of inclusive planning, learning, teaching and assessment, particularly in relation to notions of ‘good practice’ in the sector, as drawn from learning, assessment and communication theory. Through activities at the university and within the subject specialist placement, strategies explored in assessment one will be extended to support ongoing personal professional development. It seeks to ensure that you have a comprehensive knowledge of the theory and practice of planning, learning, teaching and assessment so that you can: work confidently and effectively with learners; consider equality and diversity; draw on a range of inclusive and differentiated teaching and assessment methods; devise and deliver vibrant learning experiences in the classroom, and demonstrate high expectations of learners in relation to their learning and progress. The content of this assessment meets the award in Education and Training for the Education and Training Certificate (via LSIS, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, brand).

    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)

    Assessment Three will investigate the key concepts relating to subject specialist education to support you in implementing a pedagogical approach within the classroom. You will identify and reflect upon recent education research and debate to gain an understanding of what might be considered ‘best practice’ within your subject and its delivery in your placement colleges/provider/workplace. You will explore modes of delivery that ensure engagement with and enjoyment of the subject and will develop the range of practical skills associated with this. Upon completing this assessment you will be able to devise and deliver vibrant subject specialist learning experiences in the classroom.

    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)

    This assessment will support you in the development of enquiry skills within the context of your subject specialist placement. You will undertake a small scale project which will contribute, in some way, to your subject department and your own subject specialist development. You will negotiate the focus and aims with your personal tutor and placement mentor and draw on a range of sources to develop and extend your knowledge. In addition, professional discussion will be encouraged so that peer feedback can support project planning and implementation. It is intended that this engagement in a range of professional activities will extend your knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to your subject specialism, professional practice and placement, and allow you to contribute to your subject department or placement centre/workplace.

    Taught sessions for the assessment will use interactive teaching strategies to explore the nature of ‘enquiry’ and research; to support the development of your critical evaluation and critical thinking skills, and provide guidance on how to plan, manage and present your project.

    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.

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

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 host college/centre students are supported by a mentor - a member of staff from that college who is a specialist in English or Literacy. University sessions are held one day a week.

Part-time study
Teaching practice is undertaken one day a week over the duration of the programme. During their time in the host college/centre students are supported by a mentor - a member of staff from that centre who is a specialist in English or Literacy. University sessions are held one day a week, with some directed study days within the year. This pathway is ideal for students who wish to work or have other commitments whilst on the course.

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 English or Literacy 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.

100% of our PGCE PCET postgraduates are employed in graduate level jobs or in further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17, Postgraduate All).

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

For the Prof GCE / PGCE

  • a UK honours degree, at a minimum 2.2 in English Language or a related subject. Third Class graduates require additional A-level English (preferably Language) or equivalent; and
  • relevant work experience will strengthen your application.

For the Cert Ed

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

Other requirements:

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 English Language or a related subject. Third Class graduates require additional A-level English (preferably Language) or equivalent; and
  • relevant work experience will strengthen your application.

For the Cert Ed

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

Other requirements:

  • an interview; and
  • a Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
  • a Prohibition Order check; and
  • a satisfactory health 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

Application dates

To join this course in September 2018, applications must be made before 1 September 2018 (with an agreement of interview for late applications).  Any application made after 1 September 2018 will be considered for entry in September 2019 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.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

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

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.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

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

Fees and funding

Course fee for 2019 entry

CourseHome / EU tuition fee
PGCE PCET£9,250 (full time), £4,625 (part-time)

Please note that these fees are for 2018 entry and may be subject to change.


Bursaries

Bursaries up to £9,000 are available to train to teach English and Literacy.

Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject in which you train and your degree classification, or highest relevant academic qualification. Visit the Get Into Teaching website for more information.

Course fee for 2019 entry

CourseInternational tuition fee
PGCE PCET£13,450 (full time), £6,725 (part-time)

Please note that these fees are for 2018 entry and may be subject to change.

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