PGCE Further Education and Training

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Overview

UCAS Code:X341
Course Length:1 Year Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2020
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Join a programme rated as ‘Outstanding’ in a 2014 Ofsted inspection;
  • Gain eligibility for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status;
  • Demonstrate achievement of the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training.

The most recent Ofsted inspection (June 2014) judged Edge Hill University’s initial teacher education for further education to be Outstanding. The report commended “the exceptionally high-quality training in further education” which “develops deeply reflective trainees, guided by expert mentors who help them to attain outstanding outcomes.”

This programme carries eligibility for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. Since April 2012, QLTS has been approved by the Department for Education as being equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for schools and therefore there is the possibility of teaching in a school if your specialist subject is part of the curriculum for the given age range.

A PGCE in Further Education and Training will provide you with an endorsed qualification that can be used to teach or train in the Further Education / Lifelong Learning sector. It is suitable for those who are looking to enter teaching in the sector for the first time, as well as those who are already working in further education, a work-based learning setting, the voluntary sector or in public sector training such as the Police, Fire Service, Health Service and Prison Service. The programme will provide you with a wide range of practical skills and the insights to support you in becoming a confident and credible teacher or trainer of the highest quality.

Student and Alumni Profiles

  • Neil Fitzgerald

    PGCE Further Education and Training
    Being new to higher education, I had some worries that the course might be too advanced, but with the support that I've been given, especially in the second year, I've successfully completed and achieved the PGCE.
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  • Laura Went

    PGCE Further Education and Training
    I’ve now secured a job teaching Sport at Lancaster and Morecambe College and have this course to thank for that.
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  • Lee Royle

    PGCE Further Education and Training
    All throughout the course it is obvious that Edge Hill want you to succeed and they provide all the necessary support to help you get to where you want to be.
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  • Hannah Healing

    PGCE Further Education and Training
    By opting for Edge Hill, you are demonstrating to prospective employers that you are dedicated to the profession, are willing to take it seriously and that you are of a high calibre.
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In Depth

What will I study?

This is a practice-focused programme which will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to become an outstanding teacher and trainer in the Further Education and Training sector.

The programme will develop your professionalism, consider what makes highly effective teachers and trainers, and explore current issues in the Lifelong Learning sector. You will gain a detailed understanding of the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training through a combination of self-evaluation, action planning and reflection. The programme will enhance and strengthen your knowledge of effective curriculum design and development, examine the impact of resources and learning technologies, and evaluate innovative and creative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.

You will also have the opportunity to select an optional module in English/Literacy, Maths/Numeracy or Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in order to enhance your employability further.

How will I study?

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, as well as professional practice.

Attendance is typically two days per week on campus, with three days per week dedicated to professional practice. Your professional practice requires a minimum of 100 hours teaching.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through coursework and observations of teaching and training. The assessment strategies are varied but place a significant focus on developing knowledge and skills that will be useful in practice. Portfolios of evidence, drawn from the trainee’s practice, encourage the development of innovation in teaching and learning activities.

During the programme each trainee will be observed eight times. These observations will be shared between tutors and work-based mentors. This approach offers you feedback not only on generic aspects of teaching but also the teaching of your subject specialism.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by experienced tutors and work-based mentor trainers who are specialists in their subject area.

A Great Study Environment

The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for more than 130 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of Education’s facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology.

The Faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000 schools and colleges, local authorities and professional associations.

Modules

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PET4734The Outstanding Teacher (20 credits)

The Outstanding Teacher focuses on what makes outstanding teachers and trainers. You will examine the wider role of the teacher within the Lifelong Learning Sector, consider internal and external influences in education and training and assess how these impact on practice. Investigating and examining current issues in the sector, the module provides ideal preparation for you to graduate as an outstanding practitioner.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PET4735The Research Informed Teacher (20 credits)

The Research Informed Teacher focuses on developing your professionalism through enhancing your understanding of your own professional identity, role and responsibilities. The module provides the theoretical underpinning of teaching, learning and assessment in preparation for effective planning and delivery. It will enable you to consider the wider professional role of the teaching in addressing behaviour for learning, meeting learning support needs, and creating an inclusive and safe environment. There is a particular focus on integrating research-informed theory into practice.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

PET4731The Employable Teacher (Maths/Numeracy) (20 credits)

The Employable Teacher (Maths/Numeracy) enhances your expertise and knowledge of curriculum design and development in the delivery of Mathematics/Numeracy. In particular, the module will enable you to become skilled in the provision of contextualised and embedded teaching, learning and assessment of numeracy.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PET4732The Employable Teacher (English/Literacy) (20 credits)

The Employable Teacher (English/Literacy) enhances your expertise and knowledge of curriculum design and development in the delivery of English/Literacy. In particular, the module will enable you to become skilled in the provision of contextualised and embedded teaching, learning and assessment of literacy.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PET4733The Employable Teacher (SEND) (20 credits)

The Employable Teacher (SEND) enhances your expertise and knowledge of curriculum design and development in the delivery of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). In particular, the module will enable you to become skilled in the provision of contextualised teaching, learning and assessment that supports learners within the SEND curriculum.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

In addition to the above modules, the course features a range of non-modular activities centred around professional practice. These activities will prepare you for professional practice and enable you to gain a thorough grounding in the essentials of teaching, learning, assessment and communication in the Further Education and Training sector. You will also develop the essential skills of self-evaluation, action planning and reflection.

Timetables

Timetables for your induction week are normally available in August prior to enrolment. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your induction week. While we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this PGCE you should have a first or second class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification) in a subject that is clearly part of the Further Education and Training curriculum. For applicants with a degree in a subject not related to the Further Education curriculum, other suitable Level 3 qualifications may be considered if these are supplemented by appropriate professional experience.

GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or equivalent, are required.

If you wish to select English / Literacy as your specialism, you will require GCSE English at Grade A or Grade 7 or above, or equivalent, together with an A Level, or equivalent, in a Humanities subject, such as English, Law or History.

If you wish to select Mathematics/Numeracy as your specialism, you will require GCSE Mathematics at Grade A or Grade 7 or above, or equivalent, together with an A Level, or equivalent, in a related subject, such as Mathematics, Physics, Statistics or Accounting.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

An interview forms part of the selection process.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Successfully completing this PGCE will give you a distinct advantage as you seek employment as a teacher in further education and training.

The programme is specifically designed to allow you to demonstrate achievement of the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training. These Professional Standards, published in May 2014, stipulate the minimum professional requirement in terms of knowledge, skills and professional values. Once you have completed this programme and are active as a teacher, trainer or tutor in the sector, you will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Status Learning and Skills (QTLS) as part of the professional formation process.

For those candidates who may be experienced, and even qualified, within their professional sector, e.g. police and NHS trainers, undertaking a nationally recognised qualification may offer wider employment opportunities.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this PGCE in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £9,250. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 are £13,000.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this PGCE in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £13,250.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this PGCE can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended academic year of entry.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE students.

These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS Teacher Training at www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucasteachertraining to find out more about the application process.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of PGCEs before you apply, you can order a PGCE prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/pgceprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

If you would like to talk to the programme leaders about the course in more detail, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

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