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  • Start Date(s) 4 September 2020
  • Award PGCE
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (1 year)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Education

Why choose this course?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE, Post Compulsory Education) offers initial teacher education for those who wish to be employed in a variety of post-14 educational and training establishments.

This could include FE colleges, adult education providers, academies, UTCs and training providers and will eventually enable the holder to submit evidence for Professional Formation and Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) post graduation status once registered with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). This course is designed to meet the ETF Professional standards and has at its heart a model of Critical Reflective Practice that facilitates an ongoing professional dialogue between student, mentor and tutor. The course received a Grade 2: Good in the Ofsted Inspection March 2013.

We are currently looking for applicants who have relevant degrees and would like to teach any of the following subjects:

Accounting, Animal Behaviour/Animal Science, Art and Design, Art & Design - Graphics, Art & Design - Fashion & Textile Design, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science/Programming and IT, Construction, Early Childhood Studies, Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Equine Studies, Forensic Science, General Science (Biology AND Physics or Chemistry), Government and Politics, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Mathematics, Media Production (Creative Digital or TV and Film), Music Technology, Performing Arts (Dance, Drama or Musical Theatre), Photography, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Special Needs/Supported Learning, Sports, Travel and Tourism and Uniformed Public Services.

If your degree subject does not appear here you may still be able to apply.

*Please note some subjects have small numbers and can fill up quickly, therefore if you are successful at interview, you may be placed on a waiting list with an offer for the next intake.

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits* that can be used towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education (for those in a position to self-fund the course).

This is NOT an appropriate course for applicants who wish to teach in primary or secondary schools. It does not confer qualified teacher status (QTS) for schools and does not provide the participant with a DfE number.

What happens on the course?

Our PCE teacher training programmes seek to prepare student teachers to develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities required of a professional teacher in the post compulsory sector. 

You'll also be placed in a lifelong learning setting for two days per week and two days will be based at the University. You'll also go on two block placements during the year – where you are supported and supervised by college teacher mentors, as well as by a University Personal Tutor whom you meet on a weekly basis.

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Everything you need to know about this course!

‘ASPIRATION, ATTITUDE, ACHIEVEMENT’

  • The University of Wolverhampton is one of the West Midlands’ largest providers of teacher education, with many of our graduates going on to work within the conurbation. Our tutors are all experienced teachers who have worked with partnership organisations for many years.
  • We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training teachers of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory Education.
  • High quality learning facilities, including well equipped teaching rooms, cutting edge learning spaces, lecture theatres and a social learning environment.
  • A clear progression to Master’s degree study, with opportunities to use PGCE credits* to embark upon further study following successful completion of the course (for those in a position to self-fund the course).
  • Access to leading research in the field of Education that enables trainees to develop as reflective practitioners.

What do Ofsted say?

The University of Wolverhampton provision is particularly effective in developing highly professional teachers with the skills to reflect critically on the quality of their teaching in order to improve it. They are valued highly by the schools, colleges and other settings where they secure employment in the region. The university has an excellent reputation that enables it to build strong partnerships across the region to support high-quality teacher training and educational improvement. Employment rates in all phases are high, with many former trainees working in the region.

Ofsted (2013), Initial Teacher Education Inspection Report, London: Ofsted

Looking for 1-1 advice? OPEN EVENTS - FIND OUT MORE

Did you know about our teaching specific 'Choose to Teach' open events we host at our Wolverhampton Campus twice a year? 'Choose to Teach' offers a brilliant opportunity for you to meet university staff and schools and get one-to-one advice about your journey to becoming a teacher!

Alternatively why not attend one of our Postgraduate Open Evenings, where you will have the opportunity to talk to staff and students who are currently studying and find out more about the course and our facilities. We have Open Evenings taking place at our Wolverhampton Campus.

The course learning outcomes are: 
 
1. Theoretical knowledge and application
2. Practical, professional and research skills 
 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year 2020-21

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/20. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

  • To hold a honours degree (normally 2:2 or above) of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification  in a subject related to the area you wish to teachwith vocational / professional experience considered carefully in each individual circumstance.
  • To have achieved grade C/4 or above in GCSEs English and Mathematics, or equivalent qualifications.

Please note we do not accept:

  • GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations and be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted.
  • GCSE Short Courses in any subject do not meet the GCSE requirement

Please see equivalent GCSE qualifications we do accept. If you unsure please contact our Admissions Department admissions@wlv.ac.uk for clarification.

We do offer computer-based Key Skills Level 2 Numeracy and Literacy equivalency tests at the University Walsall Campus. A charge will be introduced as follows: £40 for one test or £60 for two tests.

You will be required to provide evidence of your original qualifications.

You must be sure that you wish to embark on a career of teaching in Post-Compulsory Education before applying for this course. In order to achieve this we recommend that you gain some experience within the post compulsory sector. We expect you to research your subject area within the post-compulsory context, and to visit a further education establishment to make an informed decision about how your subject specialism fits into the national vocational framework.

All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to an interview. This will include a presentation and a panel-based interview. Please view information regarding interview preparation.

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need an Occupational Health Check prior to starting the course.

POST COMPULSORY EDUCATION Frequently Asked Questions

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.ukwww.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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