Birmingham City University PCET (with specialism in Science and Technology) (2V85)

PGCE full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) is an academic qualification in education.

It’s recognised internationally, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

This course does not lead to qualified teacher status (QTS).

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education

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About the course

Our PGCE PCET will allow you to gain a nationally recognised teaching qualification in post-compulsory education and training (PCET). You’ll benefit from our strong partnerships with organisations and colleges outside of the University as well as workshops and the superb support offered by tutors and mentors.

You can train to teach any subject that is taught at post-compulsory level. To do this we match your degree subject (in any subject area) to one of the PCET specialisms that we offer:

  • Arts, Media and Performance

  • English, Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Mathematics and Numeracy

  • Science and Technology

The means you could have a degree in any subject to apply for this course and we will place you in one of the umbrella categories above. For example, if you have a degree in Health and Social Care you’ll fit into Science and Technology, or with a degree in Construction you might fit into Science or Mathematics.

If you’re unsure how your degree fits into one of the categories, please contact the course director, Stuart Mitchell via email on Stuart.Mitchell@bcu.ac.uk who will be able to help guide you.

You’ll study a wide range of modules alongside completing at least 150 hours of teaching in your main subject area. Your coursework, assignments and teaching practice will continually be assessed as you progress through the programme.

Further details about this course are available on our website

Teaching placements

Placements form a part of all our courses, giving you the opportunity to get hands on experience and apply and grow your skills in appropriate settings, ensuring you’re ready for employment when you graduate.

You will spend three days each week, between November and May, on placement and you will be supported by your tutor/mentor. Your placement might be within a local school teaching 14-plus students, a local sixth-form teaching post-16 learners or teaching adults in an offender learning department within a prison.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Details of acceptable and unacceptable equivalencies are available on the course page on our website. We also offer our own in-house equivalency tests for applicants holding an offer for one of our courses.

Find out more on our website

Other requirements

Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit, successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfying any other safeguarding checks required for this course.

While not essential, you may wish to gain some experience in an educational setting before attending interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

At Birmingham City University’s School of Education and Social Work, we never give up in our aspirations for tomorrow’s teachers. Our student teachers will be ‘the village’ it takes ‘to raise a child’. Training more teachers than anyone else in the region (HESA, 2016), we educate Birmingham, teaching generations of professionals to teach generations of young people.

We’re top 20 in the UK for our undergraduate education courses (Guardian League Tables 2021). Our courses are taught by staff who are experienced professionals and maintain links with their sector to ensure you get the most up-to-date learning during your course. Many are research active, contributing to scholarship in education, childhood and youth.

Placements form two-thirds of our PGCE courses, giving you the opportunity to get hands-on and apply and grow your skills in some of our many partnership schools, ensuring you gain experience in a variety of educational settings so that you’re ready for employment when you graduate. We’re located at our City South Campus in Edgbaston, which has recently had a £41 million extension giving us excellent specialist facilities.

Our aim for when you graduate is that you can think for yourself, critically and reflectively determining what’s best, not what’s easiest. Our graduates are very employable, with many taking jobs in the West Midlands.

Join us and let us empower you to inspire future generations.

Interview process

You will be required to attend one online interview via Microsoft Teams. Interviews include:

  • exploration of curriculum knowledge

  • discussions about relevant experiences

  • a presentation or small teaching exercise

  • written task

We also look for:

  • good communication skills

  • potential / suitability to be a good teacher

  • robustness to cope with the demands of the course

Please note, we are currently conducting interviews online via Microsoft Teams, further details on how/when will be communicated in due course.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University aims to provide an accessible environment and a range of support services to enable disabled students to participate fully in all activities of the University. We believe a person is only disabled when confronted by negative attitudes and environmental barriers. We are working towards creating a positive, supportive and inclusive learning environment across all the University’s sites and faculties.

Our Student Affairs team offers support and advice for prospective and current students with physical or sensory disabilities, specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia), autism or chronic medical conditions. They also provide information about additional funding such as Disabled Students’ Allowances, run a Personal Assistance Scheme and offer a dyslexia screening and diagnostic service.

Our campus is fully accessible with accessible toilets (having hoists), hearing loops in lecture theatres and networked assistive technology including Claro Read and Inspiration. In addition, we have PCs at our City South Campus which are designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

For further information and advice, please visit: www.bcu.ac.uk/student-affairs

Contact this training provider

Email
courseenquiries@bcu.ac.uk
Telephone
0121 331 5595
Website
https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education
Address
15 Bartholomew Row
City Centre
Birmingham
West Midlands
B5 5JU

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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