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The Course

If you’re already working as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment within the education and training sector (former post-14 sector) and looking to progress your career, then this programme may be ideal for you.

On this programme you will have the opportunity to develop the skills to play a full part in teaching and curriculum development. The programme allows you to focus on your particular subject specialist area, alongside general teaching in the lifelong learning sector and a significant amount of your learning happens in your place of work – allowing you to put theory into practice.

View the policies and procedures that students registering on this programme would be agreeing to comply with.

Financial Information

Find the full details on the fees associated with this programme and the financial support available here.

  • What You Study

    You will study the following modules:

    • Research Informed Teaching, Learning and Assessment
    • Becoming a Subject Specialist Teacher
    • Being a Subject Specialist Teacher
    • Policy and Professional Issues
  • Entry Requirements

    You should normally be in employment as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment for a minimum of 100 hours (at least 50 hours in any one year). Voluntary teaching/training may be acceptable in some circumstances.

    Applicants should have:

    • UK first degree (normally 2:2 or above) or equivalent related to your specialist area
    • Relevant work experience in some specialist subject areas

    In addition you must also:

    • Provide confirmation of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
    • Provide one satisfactory reference
    • Complete a satisfactory interview
    • Identify a work-based mentor who can support you in your subject specialism

    If you already hold a teaching qualification at level 4 or above or have substantial knowledge and experience of teaching you may be able to make a claim for accreditation of prior learning.

    If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

  • Duration

    Part time (2 years)

    The programme is taught one evening per week and requires 100 placement hours to be satisfactorily completed.

    Attendance at a two-day conference at the University of Huddersfield is required in the second year of the programme.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches.

    For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically.

    The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student-centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom.

  • Progression

    During the PGCE programme you will complete 60 credits at Masters level which creates an opportunity to continue your Master’s level study onto a full Education MA course at a Higher Education Institution.

  • Careers

    Upon successful completion of this programme you could gain employment in post-16 education in e.g. Further Education institutions, some institutions offering Higher Education provision, the prison service, and voluntary sector community organisations.

  • Equipment Required/Additional Costs

    The location of your placement may require you to travel so please be aware of any associated travel costs.

    A suitable electronic device, e.g. a laptop or tablet, with internet connectivity is required for accessing online learning and completing assignments.

    On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.

    If you decide to apply for QTLS status this will be an additional cost. You can find out more on the Society for Education and Training website.

  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form.

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