Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training (PGCE) level 6

Leicester College

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate of Education

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Course Summary

Course Overview

This is a two year part-time in-service programme which is validated and certificated by De Montfort University. 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, and includes areas such as sixth form, further education, offender learning and adult and community education. Once you have successfully completed 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.

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.

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.

Year 1

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

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.

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.

Tuition Fees

This section explains how much you will need to pay in tuition fees to study this course at this university. Fees vary by country of residence so make sure you select which country of residence applies to you.

£2,900 per year

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These are the tuition fees you pay if you are resident in England

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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.

College information

About this College

Leicester College offers over 100 higher education courses from 3 city-centre campuses and more than 80 community venues. It is a partner college of De Montfort University


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