Level 5 Cert Ed in Post-Compulsory Education and Training
|Mode of study||HE Part-time|
|Campus||London Road Campus|
|Start date||14 September 2023 Please note that day of week is just an indication at this stage and could be subject to change|
|Tuition Fee||£4,500 Tuition fees stated are the annual cost|
|Course code||PLR5CET001 (2325)|
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Who is it for?
Please note: the cutoff date for applications is 8 September 2022.
This course is designed for those who want to teach in a Further Education College, a Sixth Form College, a work-based learning setting, adult and community education sector or in public sector training such as Police, Fire Service, Health Service or Prison Service. The equivalence of QTLS and QTS also offers a route into teaching in the secondary sector, particularly the 14-18 curriculum.
You should have Level Three in a subject that is clearly part of the further education training curriculum. You should have GCSE in English at a minimum Grade C or a Level 2 equivalent. It is expected that if you do not already hold a Grade C or level 2 equivalent for maths, then throughout the course you aim to be operating at level 2 by the end of the programme. You do not take the Professional Skills Tests in English and Maths for this course. It is not required that you have accessed a placement or voluntary work in a Further Education College, before starting the programme, however such experience would be welcome. What is required is a clear awareness of the sector so think about your experience and use that in your application.
All applicants will be required to attend an interview to determine eligibility.
What does the course involve?
The course provides a variety of content and experience which will give you a range of skills and knowledge in the Further Education and Training sector. The course has been validated against the Professional Standards introduced by the Education and Training Foundation in 2014 and updated in 2022. The course will be delivered in the first year on Wednesday mornings and in the second year on Wednesday afternoons. In addition, you will need to undertake 2-3 hours teaching per week (100 hours a year), this can be paid or voluntary and the College may be able to support you in finding a placement within its curriculum areas. The course consists of the following modules:
- Teaching Learning and Assessment in PCET – 40 Credits at Level 4
- Curriculum Design for Inclusive Practice - 20 Credits at Level 5
- Action Research into Subject Specialist Pedagogy - 20 Credits at Level 5
- Develop Own Professional Competence and Knowledge - 40 Credits at Level 5
The course is delivered through a number of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. All tuition is face to face with tutors, although online resources and use of a virtual learning environment is part of the course. You will be allocated a personal tutor to support you.
How is the course assessed?
There are no exams. Assessment consists of coursework e.g. reports, presentations, reflective accounts as well as observations of professional practice supported by portfolios of evidence. You will be assessed at Levels 4 and 5. You must pass all modules to achieve the award.
How much does it cost?
£9,000 for UK and EU applicants, £12,250 for International students. Financial support is available through student loans. www.gov.uk/teacher-training-funding.
How do I apply?
Complete an online application form. You will only be selected for interview if you fully complete the online application form to include details of your qualifications, personal statement and provide two referees. Please apply early, this is a popular course.
Please note that the Level 5 Certificate in Education programme has been revised for delivery from September 2022.
What do I do next?
This course is awarded by Staffordshire University
I decided to do the PGCE, partly because my employer wanted me to and partly to increase my skills and qualifications. Teaching is a way of giving something back and sharing my knowledge with the next generation.
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