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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (Lifelong Learning) - In-Service

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Teacher Training


Level 7

Study Mode



2 years

Start Date

September 2024

The course

If youre 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 is ideal for you.

You will have the opportunity to develop the skills to play a full part in teaching and curriculum development. The course 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.

Course Information

  • To provide you with initial teacher education for the Lifelong Learning sector, which develops excellent practical skills underpinned by an understanding of the theoretical basis for practice.
  • Challenge you to become an autonomous, self-regulating professional with a comprehensive, critical understanding of developments in the sector.
  • Give you the opportunity to meet relevant professional standards, for example the standards for teachers in the Lifelong Learning sector and the UK Professional Standards Framework for Higher Education.
  • Provide you with the knowledge and understanding required to plan, implement, assess and evaluate learning in own specialist area.
  • Develop your practical skills in supporting and enabling learning, plus interpersonal skills associated with your intended or actual role.
  • Take an inclusive approach to teaching and learning, addressing issues of social justice.
  • Show commitment to, and critical understanding of, professional values, knowledge and skills.

Year 1

  • Research Informed Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Becoming a Subject Specialist Teacher

Year 2

  • Being a Subject Specialist Teacher
  • Policy and Professional Issues

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.

You 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.

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, you will 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.

The programme is taught one evening per week. Attendance at a two-day conference at the University of Huddersfield is required in the second year of the programme.

This course requires 50 placement hours to be satisfactorily completed.
The programme will incorporate a variety of assessment methods across each academic year. The mix of assessments will seek to challenge and evaluate your knowledge, understanding and skills. Assessments for this programme may include written assignments, portfolios, practical assessments (observation of teaching) and a research project to present to conference in year two.
  • A suitable electronic device, e.g. a laptop or tablet, with internet connectivity is required for accessing online learning and completing assignments.
  • The location of your placement may require you to travel so please be aware of any associated travel costs.
  • On successful completion of the programme, you will 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.
During the PGCE programme you will complete 60 credits at masters level, which creates an opportunity to continue your masters level study on a full MA course in Education. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training. Your QTLS is full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning sector.
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.

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