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Education and Training Professional Graduate Certificate level 6 – C6260

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Course Overview

Our two-year, part-time and in-service programme is validated and certificated by De Montfort University. Students joining the course in 2021 will attend College on Wednesdays. The course will introduce you to aspects of teaching, learning and assessment to enable you to develop your work as a teacher, trainer or tutor. This course is for those working or wanting to work with learners who are aged 16 or over, including areas such as sixth form, further education, offender learning and adult and community education. After successfully completing the course, you will be eligible to apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills status).

The level 6 Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is available to candidates who have already achieved an undergraduate degree. This doesn’t have to be in the subject you want to teach so long as you have significant industrial experience or a minimum level 3 qualification in your specialist teaching area.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Over the two years, you will study eight modules which include two teaching practice components and a piece of action research. Assignments vary from essays and presentations to collaboration with peers (lesson study). A strong focus is placed on the practical development of you and your classroom performance.

The course aims to establish underpinning knowledge while developing your practical skills associated with teaching, learning and assessment within the Education and Training sector.

Modules include:
– Planning and Preparing for Teaching, Learning and Assessment – this introductory module will enable you to develop your understanding of the key concepts relating to the planning and preparation of inclusive teaching, learning and assessment.
– Investigation and Applying Theories of Learning for Inclusive Practice – this module will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of theories, principles and models of learning and communication.
– Exploring Principles of Assessment, Evaluation and Feedback – this module provides sound knowledge and understanding of assessment processes and a comparison of techniques to enable learning and progression.
– Wider Professional Development (part one) – the purpose of this module is to provide you with the pedagogical experience to develop knowledge, understanding and skills relating to the planning and delivery of effective teaching, learning and assessment.

Year 2

The second year of the programme encourages you to build on the underpinning knowledge gained during year one and explore a wider range of concepts in greater detail. In particular, a greater emphasis is placed on independent learning, peer collaboration and professional enquiry with regards to teaching, learning and assessment within your own specialist area.

Modules include:
– Developing Practice through Action Research – this module will enable you to conduct action research on a pedagogical issue relating to your own professional development and practice.
– Developing Effective Practice through Lesson Study – the potential benefits of peer collaboration and peer observation are well documented. It is envisioned that this module builds upon and develops the themes originally explored in module one, enabling you to develop your teaching and learning pedagogy by examining factors which contribute to a positive and inclusive learning environment via collaboration with your peers.
– Designing an Inclusive and Innovative Curriculum – this module will enable you to review curriculum design and content within the varied contexts inherent with the Education and Training sector, exploring the impact that curriculum design can and does have upon inclusive teaching, learning and assessment.
– Wider Professional Development, part two – progressing from the understanding and knowledge gained in part one, you are expected to demonstrate further competence in creating and maintaining an inclusive learning environment through the evaluation of your own practice.

Entry Requirements

To enrol onto this course you must have achieved:
– GCSE grade C/4 or Functional Skills level 2 in English and maths (international students may be required to attain an IELTS score of 6.5)
– An undergraduate degree (or higher)
– A minimum level 3 qualification or significant industrial experience in your specialist area if not covered by your degree (if you are unsure, please contact the team)
– Evidence of a minimum of 50 hours per year of independent and practical teaching to groups of learners while studying (these hours can be found after you have been interviewed but you will not be able to start the course without it being in place).

It is essential that you have secured at least 100 hours (minimum 50 hours per year) of independent, practical and group teaching hours before the start of the course. This can be paid or voluntary – we may be able to assist you in finding a suitable placement if you are struggling, depending on your subject specialism.

You will be required to attend an interview where you must evidence that you have the relevant qualifications for the course.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including presentations, written assignments and practical teaching observations.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £2900.00


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

Once you have completed the course you will be a fully qualified teacher in the post-compulsory education and training sector and will be able to apply for QTLS status. You may wish to move on to take a subject specialist qualification in literacy, ESOL or maths, or progress on to an MA in education.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements for the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course of study.

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