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PGCE Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Courses starting September. Call 01539 814700 for details.

The Certificate in Education / Post Graduate Certificate in Education PGCE (Education & Training) is available full-time and is one year in duration. It is for people new to teaching in the post compulsory sector (adult, further, community education, leisure and youth workers, training personnel in the public service industries, commerce or voluntary sector).

This course is awarded by the University of Central Lancashire, UCLan. The course will start in September 2019.

Teaching Placement:
In addition to two days in college you will need to undertake a teaching placement outside these times. The placement should be 2 to 2.5 days per week (150 hours).

Student Finance:
Undergraduates and postgraduates can get help with the costs of their teacher training.You can get student finance for the following full time teacher training courses:
- Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
- Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)

You can apply for student finance and you’ll get the same level of student loans, grants and bursaries as other students.

Mum of two, Candice Van Der Merwe, made the decision to enter Higher Education at Kendal College shortly after the birth of her second daughter, Kloe. She completed the PGCE last year and has now secured a job at Kendal College. ‘Before this course, I would never have seen myself lecturing but now I just love it and, where I thought I might have once gone into primary education, I’ve realised that Further Education is for me - it’s just so rewarding to be helping young people achieve. The PGCE is great because you are learning the theory and putting it into practice at the same time - it goes hand in hand’

Modules include:

- Preparation for Education and Training
- Curriculum Design and Assessment
- Teaching Learning and Assessment
- Contemporary Issues in Education:
- Developing Teaching Learning and Assessment
- Action Research: Deconstructing Practice (PGCE Route)
- Practitioner Research: An Action Research Approach (Cert Ed Route)

You must complete a minimum of 150 hours Teaching Practice within the Lifelong Learning Sector.

Assessment uses a variety of methods from observation of your teaching, presentations, academic reports and essays and a research project.

This is a demanding academic course at level 5 (Cert Ed) and level 7 (PGCE) routes.

How will I be assessed?


Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include teaching in colleges, sixth forms, training providers, university technical colleges etc.

Progression Routes:

Both programmes form part of a modular Education Studies framework at the University which presents a convenient opportunity for progression to further study.

- BA (Honours) Education Studies.
Holders of the Certificate in Education receive advanced standing of 180 credits (50% of the award) for the BA (Honours) Education Studies.

- Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice
The programme is available to teachers and trainers with a degree or equivalent who have completed the PGCE modules (60 credits at levels 6 and 7) with UCLan.  It consists of 3 modules (60 credits) at level 7.

- Master’s in Education (MEd)
Successful completion of the PG Diploma allows teachers to progress to the final dissertation stage of the Master’s in Education (MEd) programme.

After successful completion of this course you can apply for QTLS, which further expands your career opportunities into the secondary sector.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The full time awards are open to new applicants to teaching who wish to work as teachers, trainers or tutors in adult, community, work-based and further education and the wider Further Education and Skills Sector, and who, at the time of starting the scheme, meet the following minimum entry requirements:

Certificate in Education (Education & Training)

1. A Level 3 (QCF) qualification in their teaching subject specialism.

2. Five GCSEs at Grade C and above, or equivalent, to include English.

3. The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken
English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent).

4. A voluntary teaching placement for a minimum of 150 hours of teaching during the
academic year.

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Education & Training)

1. An honours degree or equivalent. Normally this is in the teaching subject specialism.

2. A Level 3 (QCF) qualification in their teaching subject specialism, if this is not the
degree subject.

3. Five GCSEs at Grade C and above, or equivalent, to include English.

4. The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken
English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent).

5. A voluntary teaching placement for a minimum of 150 hours of teaching during the
academic year.

Please note that applicants wanting to teach English and applicants wanting to teach Maths without a degree/‘A’ Level in English/ Maths will have to complete an additional entry assessment to demonstrate their content knowledge and skills. This may impact on the acquisition of a suitable teaching practice placement and therefore additional time must be factored for this.

If you do not already hold GCSE Maths at Grade A*- C or a Level 2 Maths qualification, you must also be willing to undertake a Maths National Test at Level 2.

Applicants also need to demonstrate at interview and through references that they have the potential to become a good teacher.

You may qualify for the course if you have other qualifications or relevant life/work experience. The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan’s) Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/ APEL) scheme will apply, to allow for the recognition of alternative or professional qualifications, life experience, motivation and commitment. If you have non-standard qualifications please contact the college course leader to enquire about equivalences.

There may be opportunities for successful applicants to undertake their Certificate in Education or PGCE teaching practice at Kendal College, at the discretion of the head of department in your subject area.

Alternatively please feel free to come to Kendal College and talk to Student Services at Main Site next to Reception.

How to Apply:
Contact Karen Shaw, Student Services Team Leader, for an application form, either by email karen.shaw@kendal.ac.uk or by phone 01539 814748.

Additional Costs:
- For students undertaking a dissertation as part of their course 2 UCLAN dissertation cover sheets will need to be purchased at 1.90 per sheet.
- Printing is 1p per sheet for black and white copying and 4p per sheet for colour.
- DBS Check 44 pounds approx.

To enrol on this course you must hold a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (DBS) for your placement setting.

Adult fees


Tuition fees displayed are payable per year. The fees displayed are for UK and EU students and are reviewed each academic year.

Tuition fee loans are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start repayments until you are earning more than £21,000 per year.

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