University of Central Lancashire
Education and Training (AC21)

PGCE, full time or part 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
The full time course takes one academic year and the part time course takes two academic years
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
https://www.uclan.ac.uk/courses/pi-pgce-education-training.php

Contents

About the course

Applications should be made DIRECTLY TO THE COLLEGE OF YOUR CHOICE and NOT THROUGH UCAS.

This course is delivered at the following partner institution(s):

  • Blackburn College
  • Carlisle College
  • Furness College
  • Hugh Baird College
  • Lakes College West Cumbria
  • Myerscough College
  • Runshaw College
  • Southport College
  • St Helens College
  • Wigan & Leigh College
  • Wirral Metropolitan College

You can study full time at the following colleges: Blackburn, Carlisle, Runshaw, Wigan & Leigh and Wirral Metropolitan. All of the partner colleges, with the exception of Runshaw College, offer the course on a part time basis.

The course is comprised of 6 modules that will prepare you for a career in teaching in the exciting and ever evolving sector. The course will introduce you to planning and principles of learning together with methods of teaching, learning and assessment. You will also learn about the underpinning educational theory to support your teaching practice and professional development as well as looking at wider perspectives in the Further Education and Skills sector and carrying out your own action research project.

Whilst on the course you will be supported by the course tutors and by a subject specialist mentor, both of whom will observe you teaching and work closely with you to develop your practice and skills. Your subject specialist mentor will also provide valuable guidance in the teaching of your curriculum subject.

Your course is assessed through a combination of a professional teaching practice portfolio and assignment work. You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. In addition to these formal assessments, you need to demonstrate professionalism at all times, meeting the Education and Training Foundation Professional Standards.

Comments from our past trainee teachers:

“Great moral support and reassurance from the tutor, who is always approachable.”

“I believe that throughout the course I have made a journey which has definitely helped me develop as a better teacher and has enriched my learning and teaching.”

“My confidence and self-esteem have rocketed.”

Please visit UCLan PGCE for further information.

Interview process

Applications should be made DIRECTLY TO THE COLLEGE OF YOUR CHOICE and NOT THROUGH UCAS.

Please apply directly to the college(s) of your choice, using the special application form they will send you. You will then be interviewed at the partner college. The contact details for each college are as follows:

Blackburn College he-admissions@blackburn.ac.uk Carlisle College info@carlisle.ac.uk Furness College info@furness.ac.uk Hugh Baird College enquiries@hughbaird.ac.uk​ Lakes College West Cumbria info@lcwc.ac.uk Myerscough College enquiries@myerscough.ac.uk Runshaw College justask@runshaw.ac.uk Southport College guidance@southport.ac.uk St Helens College marketing@sthelens.ac.uk Wigan & Leigh College applications@wigan-leigh.ac.uk Wirral Metropolitan College Highereducation@wmc.ac.uk

If you would like to teach English, or would like to teach Maths but do not have either a degree in Maths/A Level maths, you will also be required to complete a pre-interview task together with a task completed at interview in around two hours.

You will be interviewed by the Course Leader at your chosen college. In addition, you will be asked to complete a reading task and a writing task. Pre-service applicants will also have a curriculum interview in order to be accepted for a placement.

How teaching placements work

Applications should be made DIRECTLY TO THE COLLEGE OF YOUR CHOICE and NOT THROUGH UCAS.

Your teaching placement is a central feature of the course. You are required to teach for a minimum of 150 hours of teaching over the period of the course. On the part time course this is split into 75 hours for each of the 2 years.

Whilst on the course you will be supported by the course tutors and by a subject specialist mentor, both of whom will observe you teaching and work closely with you to develop your practice and skills. Your subject specialist mentor will also provide valuable guidance in the teaching of your curriculum subject.

If you are not already employed as a teacher, colleges may be able to help with finding you a placement but this is not always guaranteed. You may need to take responsibility for finding a suitable placement for your teaching experience.

Comments from past trainee teachers about their teaching practice:

“Teaching observations have been the most constructive and useful I’ve ever had.”

“Action planning and creating personal goals after the observations are very helpful.”

“The fact that we are teaching every week is very good, not teaching in blocks.”

“I’m incorporating greater differentiation now, and more inclusion.”

“Through delivering a lesson, my subject knowledge is stronger now. I understand my subject more and I have a wider perspective.”

“Training classes and placement “feed into each other”.

“I’ve learned so much in one year - it physically helps me to do the job – I can pick up the strategy and use it in my lessons.”

“I’ve got lots of new and useful ideas about embedding maths and English skills – from the course, my peers and my mentor.”

“I feel the course is preparing me well to be a teacher.”

Fees

The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £7,500
EU students £7,500

Applications should be made DIRECTLY TO THE COLLEGE OF YOUR CHOICE and NOT THROUGH UCAS.

Please contact the partner institution for information about fees. Fees do vary between the colleges. £7,500 is the minimum.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • An honours degree or equivalent.

  • You must be qualified to teach in a subject that is part of the FE sector or Sixth Form curriculum. Therefore, if some/all of the teaching is to be undertaken in a subject different to your honours degree you will need a Level 3 (QCF) qualification in the subject you will be teaching.

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C (or equivalent) to include English.

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

Personal qualities

Knowledge related:

  • Good communicator
  • Enthusiasm for sharing knowledge
  • Strong knowledge
  • Keen to continue learning

People related:

  • ‘People person’
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Patience
  • Sense of humour

Personal qualities:

  • Good time management
  • Fair-minded
  • Enjoy a challenge
  • ‘Keep your cool’ under pressure
  • Cope well with change/be flexible
  • Resilience

Other requirements

Applications should be made DIRECTLY TO THE COLLEGE OF YOUR CHOICE and NOT THROUGH UCAS.

Your placement will require you to have an up to date DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate. The current cost of this is £46 for an enhanced check. If you are already employed as a teacher this will already have been done by your employer.

The Further Education and Skills sector offers a broad range of subjects. Your degree must be in the subject that you want to teach, and you must be willing to develop your subject specialist skills and knowledge.

About the training provider

This qualification will equip you to teach in the post 14 Further Education (FE) and Skills sector, which includes FE colleges, sixth forms, adult and community learning, the NHS, offender learning, the Police service and in private sector training organisations.

The UCLan Teacher Education Partnership offers you the exciting opportunity to study at one of a range of Colleges across the North West region. This will give you the opportunity to specialise in your chosen field as you train to be a teacher. This PGCE will not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) , however, there are opportunities to work in secondary schools, including academies and free schools after completing this PGCE, especially so if you complete professional formation and gain Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This qualification is suitable for those who are already teaching (in-service) as well as those who are new to teaching.

You will be introduced to classroom fundamentals and important theories about teaching and learning. Your tutors will model inspirational teaching practice that you can use in your own teaching.

You will learn about teaching and learning strategies, with a focus on developing your practical and academic skills through reflective practice. Your teaching placement is an essential feature of the programme and you will work closely with your course tutor and subject specialist mentor both of whom will observe you teaching and help you to develop your practice and skills.

Please visit UCLan PGCE for further information.

Training with disabilities and other needs

If you have a disability that may affect your studies, please contact Student Services in the college where you are studying or let the course team know as soon as possible. You may also contact the Disability Advisory Service at UCLan - disability@uclan.ac.uk . You have the right not to disclose your disability or to request that the existence or nature of your disability be treated as strictly confidential and therefore not shared with relevant staff across the college. However if your disability impacts upon professional fitness to train or fitness to practise standards you are personally responsible for disclosing relevant information about your disability in line with professional accreditation requirements. Regardless of disability, you are required to sign and comply with the Trainee Conduct & Professionalism Agreement throughout the course.

The college and the University are committed to making reasonable adjustments to accommodate your needs and providing appropriate support for you to complete your studies successfully. This is most effective when the college is informed of any disabilities prior to enrolment, particularly where it is anticipated that because of your disability/ies, you may face difficulties meeting competence standards and/or professional requirements of the course.

Assessment arrangements for students with a disability: Arrangements are made for students who have a disability/learning difficulty for which valid supporting evidence can be made available. Contact the Disability Adviser for advice and information, disability@uclan.ac.uk

Contact details

Email
abrzeski@uclan.ac.uk
Telephone
01772 892714
Website
https://www.uclan.ac.uk/courses/pi-pgce-education-training.php
Address
Fylde Road
Preston
England - North West
PR1 2HE

Apply

Apply for this course

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Blackburn College
University Close, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 1LH
Yes N
Carlisle College
Victoria Place, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1HS
Yes 2
Furness College
Channelside, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, LA14 2PJ
Yes D
Hugh Baird College
Balliol Road, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 7EW
Yes T
Lakes College West Cumbria
Hallwood Road, Lillyhall Business Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 4JN
Yes R
Myerscough College
St Michael’s Road, Bilsborrow, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 0RY
Yes L
Preston
Fylde Road, Preston, England - North West, PR1 2HE
Yes Z
Runshaw College Chorley Campus
Euxton Lane, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 6AD
Yes 4
Southport College
Mornington Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0TT
Yes U
St Helens College
Water Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1PP
Yes H
Wigan and Leigh College
Parsons Walk, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN1 1RS
Yes Y
Wirral Metropolitan College
Europa Boulevard, Conway Park, Birkenhead, Wirral Peninsula, CH41 4NT
Yes 7

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