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Course Type: Higher Education

Professional Certificate/Professional Graduate Certificate in Post Compulsory Education and Training

  • Course Code AAA0162
  • Day TBC
  • Time Evening
  • Start Date 17th September 2018
  • Fee £2,440
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

If you have completed the first year of the Cert Ed/PGCE (L4 with 60 HE Credits) or equivalent, then this 2nd year programme of study for practising teachers with 50 hours of pre-arranged teaching could be the programme for you. This course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, which is a key qualification for teaching in further education and can be gained in the year after you finish the programme.

The course is ideal for graduates who are already working as teachers or trainees or for people who have been offered teaching or training in the post-compulsory education and training sector in FE colleges, training agencies, the public sector or a third sector organisation. This in-service course is offered on a part-time basis and contact time is 4 hours per week at Gateshead College.

The programme benefits from its direct link to the University of Sunderland’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching Training (SUNCETT), one of only 10 Centres for Excellence nationally. The course is led by a highly experienced team of research-active teacher educators whose work is well regarded both nationally and internationally.

 

Ofsted has recognised key strengths of the programme:

  • Retention, completion and achievement rates are consistently high
  • Trainees and NQTs work with confidence and expertise to plan and teach lively, interesting and challenging lessons that enable learners to make progress and achieve
  • Trainees and NQTs ensure that learners recognise the impact of the values of tolerance, respect for the law, democracy and equality on their day-to-day life and work

 

Course Structure and Entry Requirements

  • Entry to Year 2 of the Programme is conditional on satisfactory interview and evidence of relevant prior achievement. The applicant would complete an accreditation of prior learning (APL) processindicating where evidence can be matched to the learning outcomes for year 1 of the programme. This will then usually provide the basis for a professional discussion regarding the nature of the training experience leading to the award. The tutor will advise whether additional evidence or training would be required to enable the applicant to join the Year 2 of the programme. All direct entrants can only be given conditional offer pending their APL being approved by the University of Sunderland, which has to be completed beforeenrolment closes with the University of Sunderland.
  • For the Professional Graduate pathway in Educationyou should hold at least a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject.
  • For the Professional Certificate pathway in Education you should hold a qualification at Level 3 or above (classified according to the National Qualification Framework) in a vocational or another specialist subject area. Relevant qualifications and prior experience will also be considered.
  • You will need at least a GCSE Grade 9-4 (grade C or above) in Mathematics and English Language or equivalent - It is the student’s responsibility to provide evidence of equivalence gained primarily from the Awarding Body if they wish to claim an equivalence between a qualification they have and a maths and English Level 2 qualification.
  • At the start of each academic year, you will be required to provide written confirmation from your current or potential employer that they intend to offer you 50 hours annual Teaching Practice.

 

Additional requirements

  • Satisfactory Enhanced DBS checks must have an issue date that is within the last 3 years at the point of enrolment.
  • Completion of a University of Sunderland Declaration of Health medical pro forma
  • All costs associated with the DBS enhanced disclosure and the Declaration of Health are covered by the applicant.
  • If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

 

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to complete a pre-interview task in the form of a short essay, and a literacy assessment.

 

What will I study?

Modules on the second year of this programme include:

 

Professional Certificate pathway

  • Contextualising policy and curriculum (20 credits)
  • Enhancing learning through innovation and change (20 credits)
  • Advancing practical teaching and professional development (20 credits)

Or

  • Professional Graduate pathway
  • Contextualising policy and curriculum (20 credits)
  • Enhancing learning through innovation and change (20 credits)
  • Advancing practical teaching and professional development (20 credits)

 

What will my course experiencebe like?

Gateshead College welcomes you to their part time programme for initial and continuing teacher training in the lifelong learning sector. The University of Sunderland validates this programme in collaborationwith Gateshead Collegeand othercolleges of further education, which are part of Sunderland Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (SUNCETT) and one of 11 centres for excellence nationally.

In addition to the weekly college-based classes, each year you’ll be expected to attend one Saturday at the University of Sunderland to meet with subject specialists from other colleges and explore the latest classroom management approaches and teaching initiatives. You will also be expected to attend a Summer Conference at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s which brings together full-time pre-service and part-time in-service student teachers. This will be an excellent preparation for your first year as a qualified teacher and an induction to a professional formation year.

The programme is led by a research active team and according to the Ofsted 2015 report “trainees benefit from highly qualified research leaders in further education who enable trainees to focus on academic rigour to improve the practice of teaching.”

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include interactive teaching, classroom seminars, tutorials, directed learning and group work and practical teaching workshops. Assessment methods include assignments, seminars, presentations and formative and summatively assessed observations of teaching.

The programme is practical and will use your experiences in the workplace to relate to issues in teaching, learning, assessment and professional development.Therange ofbackgrounds and teaching subjects of participants on the course isone of thecore strengths harnessed by the programme to enrich your experience.

 

Please read this paragraph carefully. This is an in-service, part-time programme for serving teacher/trainers. It is a condition of entry and a continuing requirement of the programme, that you are able to complete 50 hours of appropriate Teaching Practice Hours each academic year. You should be aware that should the Teaching Practice Hours not materialise, that neither the University of Sunderland nor any of its Partner FE Colleges will be liable for securing Teaching Practice hours on your behalf. For the avoidance of doubt, it is your responsibility to secure the required hours of teaching to allow entry to and successful completion of the programme. In the event you are unable to complete the compulsory Teaching Practice Hours then under no circumstances (other than any negligence on the part of the University or any of its Partner FE Colleges) will the University of Sunderland or any Partner FE College be held liable for any loss you may sustain resulting from a failure to complete the required Teaching Practice Hours. This is an in-service course and we require a minimum of 50 hours of Teaching Practice for each academic year in a PCET teaching context on a regular and planned basis. Neither the University of Sunderland nor any of the Partner FE Colleges will be liable for securing Teaching Practice on your behalf. You will be expected to secure the required hours of teaching to allow entry to and successful completion of the programme. All in-service applicants must provide written confirmation that they have a suitably qualified mentor to support their practical teaching.

An interview is required and a DBS check is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

2 GCSEs grade C (4) or above in English and maths.

Completion of a Universoty of Sunderland Declaration of Health medical proforma

For the Professional Certificate pathway in Education you should hold a qualification at Level 3 or above (classified according to the National Qualification Framework) in a vocational or another specialist subject area. Relevant qualifications and prior experience will also be considered.

For the Professional Graduate pathway in Education you should hold at least a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject.

Hold a DBS which is within 3 years

Secured 50 hours of teaching practice

There are loans available that you can apply for to help cover the costs of course fees and living costs(if studying full time).

For more information or advice, contact our finance support services on 0191 490 4627 or 0191 426 4329. Our support funds team can also be emailed at support.funds@gateshead.ac.uk