This course is a Certificate in Education as well as a PGCE and offers the recognised teaching qualification that will enable you to pursue a career as a teacher in the Further Education and training sector, which is predominantly students aged 16 and above.
On this course, you will develop your skills as a teacher through practical activity and the study of theories and contemporary issues within Further Education. You will join fellow professionals from a range of subject backgrounds for lectures and seminars, creating an effective peer network where a variety of teaching practice can be shared. You will attend the College one evening a week. You are expected to have secured your own teaching placement where you will teach at least 50 hours per year and have an identified subject mentor.
Cost: £2,495 per year.
You will require:
– A good honours degree or equivalent in your subject delivery area coupled with sufficient experience to establish professional competence
– GCSE English language and Mathematics at grade 4 or above, or equivalent
– All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
In addition, part time students are required to have secured their own teaching placement where you will teach at least 50 hours per year and have an identified subject mentor.
The College offers several English and Mathematics courses at various levels for potential students.
The course is split into four units that are studied over two years (part time) with each teaching block covering one academic year.
Teaching Block 1 focuses on developing you as a teaching practitioner. This involves learning about teaching concepts and developing practical skills in planning and delivering lessons to a high standard, as well as assessing students. This will be delivered and assessed via the following two units:
Unit 1.1 Planning, Assessing and Evaluating Teaching and Learning Programmes
This unit encourages you to understand how to organise and plan your teaching and learning sessions and use different assessment methods, as well as start developing your own personal and professional skills.
Unit 1.2 Theories and Principles for Planning and Enabling Learning in a Specialist Subject Area
In this unit, you will examine a range of teaching and learning theories, learn how to plan and develop inclusive learning into your lessons and understand how to use a range of communication and classroom management skills.
Teaching Block 2 is designed to enable you to establish a wider knowledge of the Further Education sector. You will research contemporary issues which are affecting Further Education as well as continuing to hone your teaching practice. This will be delivered and assessed via the following two units:
Unit 2.1 Professional Practice
This unit encourages you to review the development of your personal and professional skills, develop a career management file and research into a specific area of your teaching.
Unit 2.2 Curriculum Design in a Specialist Subject Area
In this unit, you will learn about the range of contexts in which education and training are offered, analyse theories and models of curriculum design and understand how to promote equality within practice.
Teaching aims to demonstrate good practice and therefore employs a range of styles which include seminars, workshops, lectures and active group participation. Your time in class will develop your skills and knowledge to inform your own teaching practice and help to develop your own teaching style. The emphasis throughout the course is on inclusive learning and teaching combined with reflective practice within a teacher’s own specialist subject area. This PGCE provides the skills and knowledge to take up teaching roles in Further Education environments, including, Further Education Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges, private training providers, public services and voluntary organisations.
For each teaching block, you will complete two units of study. Each unit has varying approaches to assessment. Examples include research-based essays, teaching practice files, lesson observations and logging personal development which will be supported by reflective accounts.
On completion of the course, students go on to teach in Further Education organisations, however, those wishing to undertake further academic study may wish to top-up to a BA (Hons) Education and Training at the University of Portsmouth. In addition, PGCE graduates may apply for membership to the Society for Education & Training (SET).
The course is taught by a team of specialist lecturers, highly experienced in the field of education.
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