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University of East London Postgraduate Certificate in Education PCET (3FQ9)

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.uel.ac.uk/teacher-training

Contents

Course summary

This programme enables you to meet the Professional Standards for the lifelong learning sector. It equips you with the knowledge and practical skills you need to teach a diverse range of learners, including those in the 14-19 age bracket as well as more mature students. In addition to developing your professional skills, you will be able to demonstrate secure subject and/or vocational knowledge in teaching.

Theory and practice are interlinked throughout the course; you will have the opportunity to develop your skills through hands-on teaching practice, while completing written assignments to demonstrate your understanding of the principles of teaching. You will also engage in self-reflection and evaluate the teaching of others to develop and enhance your professional teaching skills and subject knowledge.

Why study post-16 Teacher Training at UEL?

High levels of support - Personalised professional support for every trainee, “ensuring that they develop good practice as a result” (Ofsted, 2012)

Further training and development - Continue your professional development by applying for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

Diverse learning - You’ll be become part of a richly diverse group of trainee teachers, with “an unwavering commitment to raising standards and aspirations in the communities in which they work” (Ofsted, 2012)

Teaching placements

We work within a large partnership of post-16 providers across London. We do not wish to disadvantage our trainees by asking them to travel a long distance to their placement colleges. Generally, we look at one hour door to door as being the maximum travel time expected. You will be teaching all year groups in the post-16 age range. You will experience one placement in one further education provider. You will be supported in these placements by a college based mentor as well as your UEL tutor.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Personal qualities

  • Good interpersonal skills with young people and/or adults;
  • Evidence of ability to respond to a challenge and overcome setbacks;
  • Resilience and commitment;
  • Evidence of knowledge of wider education issues and the ability to express and justify opinions and to consider those of others.

Other requirements

DBS check and validation through the university; Fitness to Teach check and validation through the university.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,100

About the training provider

The University of East London is an experienced and successful initial teacher training (ITT) and education provider. Courses are taught and supported by exceptional and dynamic staff, all of whom foster creativity, collaboration, innovation and student engagement at the heart of what they offer. We value the link between the academic and the practice, and this will form a significant part of the ITT programme you undertake.

We offer PGCE routes into teaching as well as School Direct Salaried and Non Salaried, and the Post Graduate Teacher Apprenticeship. We also have two undergraduate courses to consider that lead to QTS - BA Primary Education and BSc Computer Science and Education.

Our end of programme survey outcomes, suggest that over 95% of our teacher trainees rate the quality of their training through UEL as good or higher. Employability is also excellent with most subjects, phases and routes achieving 95-100% employment each year.

UEL is an inclusive university and our teacher training programmes are highly diverse and multicultural. We are very proud of our trainee teachers, new and old, and what they have gone on to achieve in our schools. We are especially proud of the community we serve and how we take people from the local community who then go back into this community to teach - over 50% of our trainees find jobs within our partner schools each year.

We look forward to welcoming you to UEL and the School of Education and Communities.

Interview process

The entire interview process lasts for up to 3 hours. During the interview, you will be asked to complete some literacy tasks, which include summarising an article and producing a piece of free writing, and an error correction exercise. You will do a short 5-minute microteach on a subject of your choice and have a one-to-one interview with a member of the academic team.

Our aim is to find out as much as we can about your attributes, skills, knowledge and understanding in order to shape training opportunities for you, should you be offered a place on the programme.

Your responses to these tasks and activities will be considered alongside all the other evidence to assess your suitability for the PGCE PCET programme.

During the individual interview, you will be given the chance to talk with a tutor about the programme and any other issues that are relevant.

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

Applications from students with disabilities or other specific needs are welcomed. Initial teacher training programmes are based at our Stratford campus, which is fully accessible to all. UEL operates a very clear inclusivity policy. As a large provider of ITT, we have access to various support mechanisms for students who need this or would benefit from this additional support.

Contact this training provider

Email
study@uel.ac.uk
Telephone
020 8223 3333
Website
https://www.uel.ac.uk/teacher-training
Address
School of Education and Communities
Water Lane
Stratford
London
E15 4LZ

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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