University of Derby PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training) (X34X)

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
http://www.derby.ac.uk

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About the course

Prepare for a worthwhile career teaching and training in the Further Education and Skills sector. This postgraduate course paves the way for you to teach post-14 learners in settings ranging from colleges, academies and sixth form to prisons and voluntary organisations.

Improve your career and promotion prospects: we have an excellent track record for helping students progress to employment, more senior roles or masters level study.

Develop your skills through an exciting combination of practical teaching experiences, theoretical learning and discussions.

As well as the core programme, we offer specialist pathways where you can focus on a key subject area: choose from English, Maths, Science, Engineering, Sport or SEND.

Choose a flexible PGCE route to suit you: study on a full-time basis at the University or on a part-time basis at one of our partner colleges in the wider community.

Teaching placements

This is a highly practical hands-on course which gives you the chance to explore the full range of roles undertaken by qualified teaching staff in the Further Education and Skills sector.

Teaching experience will be the cornerstone of your studies. Full-time students will study at our main campus, Kedleston Road, and spend two days a week on teaching placement, as well as undertaking a six-week block placement. We also provide extensive support throughout: you will be allocated a mentor from the University’s teaching team as well as a subject specific mentor to guide you on your placement.

To broaden your outlook, you are also expected to complete an alternative placement in a different educational setting, embedded into a specific week during the year. We will provide full information and advice on this at pre-induction.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

In a subject that is applicable to the Further Education and Skills sector, such as psychology, law, media, sports and music technology

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

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Other requirements

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University.

If you have lived outside of the UK in the past five years, you will need to provide a current Certificate of Good Conduct from the country you were resident in.

Fees and financial support

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

Our postgraduate degrees are competitively priced and all the essential equipment and activities are included.

They vary slightly from course to course depending on what facilities and resources are required. For example, online courses tend to be slightly cheaper because they use fewer facilities.

The most up-to-date fees will be listed on the course page – search for your course on our website and look for the section on fees.

The fees are slightly different depending on whether you normally live in the UK/EU or outside of the EU.

Financial support from the training provider

To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning a good salary.

Sometimes, bursaries and scholarships are also available - it depends on your circumstances and which country you usually live in. These don’t need to be paid back.

Please visit our website for more information or call our helpline on 01332 592000.

About the training provider

You’re on the threshold of making one of the most important decisions of your life - to teach!

Train to teach at Derby and you’re on your way to a worthwhile, rewarding and enjoyable career in Teaching, one where you can truly make a difference. With a rich heritage of teacher training dating back 165 years, we’re a major provider of newly qualified teachers in the East Midlands.

We have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers. Our teaching courses are highly regarded, with Ofsted awarding us an ‘Outstanding’ rating for our Primary and Further Education and Skills provision. We are also currently ranked as a Top 25 institution for our Education courses.

Practical teaching experience lies at the heart of all of our teacher training courses. High-quality placements in different educational settings will build your skills in the classroom and you’ll benefit from the support of expert mentors throughout. We have partnerships with over 400 schools, so we’ll arrange your placements for you.

At Derby, you’ll discover exciting teacher training courses which will prepare you to teach the age group of your choice - primary, secondary and post-14 learners. Whether you’re embarking on your first degree, or you’re ready to study one of our PGCE courses, we offer a choice to suit you.

Interview process

Your interview experience is an exciting opportunity for you to demonstrate your passion for the course you are applying for.

The selection process will last approximately 3 hours and will include:

  • Identification and documentation check
  • A course presentation – see additional information: please read this prior to your interview
  • Individual presentation
  • An interview with one or more members of the teaching team

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our on-site Wellbeing Centre provides information and guidance to help you look after your wellbeing during your time at University.

Here, you can book appointments with our specialist advisers or contact the service through the dedicated helpline available during the week.

There’s also a free counselling service and unique workshops that you can sign up to throughout the year‌.

For general enquiries and appointment booking:

Tel: +44 (0)1332 593000 E: studentwellbeing@derby.ac.uk E: psychologicalwellbeing@derby.ac.uk

Contact this training provider

Email
admissionsadvisor1@derby.ac.uk
Telephone
01332 591167
Website
http://www.derby.ac.uk
Address
University of Derby
Kedleston Road
Derby
Derbyshire
DE22 1GB

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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