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You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

University Campus Oldham Lifelong Learning (Pre-Service) (X372)

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).

Age range
14 to 19
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.uco.oldham.ac.uk/

Contents

Course summary

Academic credit is gained by undertaking assignments and providing evidence of achievement. This allows you to explore topics that are of interest to you, relevant to your working environment, and to your career development. As part of the course, you will complete a subject specialist module. This requires attendance at the University of Huddersfield campus. You will be informed of the exact dates during the course.

Research Informed Teaching Learning and Assessment This module develops an understanding of how people learn in post-compulsory education and training and of the role of assessment. You will be assessed on an assignment in two parts (coursework together worth 100% of the module).

Becoming a Subject Specialist Teacher This module is designed to help you learn how to identify and respond to learners’ needs with suitable teaching, learning and assessment strategies. You will engage in personal and professional development planning and, through two pieces of coursework, together worth 100% of the module marks, develop your practice. Key learning activities of the module are practical teaching experience and the engagement with other specialists through collaborative practice.

Being a Subject Specialist Teacher This module builds on previous generic and subject specialist development in two ways. Firstly, it contributes to the development of more advanced strategies and methods for promoting learning and, secondly, it involves a sharper focus on specific specialist areas and the critical analysis of their pedagogy. The module achieves these purposes by enhancing the ability to reflect critically on, and to evaluate, teaching and learning; by recognising particular curriculum and professional challenges; and by developing critical responses to these concerns in sophisticated, innovative and creative ways. Key learning activities of the module are practical teaching experience and the engagement with other specialists through collaborative practice.

Policy and Professional Issues This module will develop your understanding of the concept of policy, professionalism and the influences that shape it. Through two pieces of coursework, together worth 100% of the module marks, you will discuss theories and relate them to your own context and professional role.

Teaching placements

Much of the course is focused on the experience of practical teaching. You gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals with support from tutors at UCO and a placement mentor, as a vehicle for your professional development. We help you to find a suitable placement (100 hours required).

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.

Other requirements

Enhanced DBS required (£40 cost to student)

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £7,500.

Additional cost per year: DBS £40

About the training provider

University Campus Oldham opened in May 2005 bringing higher education courses to the people of Oldham. This has allowed thousands of students to access Higher Education close to home. Courses have always been aligned to employers` needs in Oldham and Greater Manchester so our graduates have the best opportunities to start their careers of choice. Since August 2012, University Campus Oldham, has been part of the Oldham College family. Our courses are of the highest quality as they are validated by leading United Kingdom universities who have the highest quality standards, approved by QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education).

Like many other college Higher Education campuses, University Campus Oldham does not validate its own degree programmes. The degrees that we offer are validated by Higher Education Institutions that have degree awarding powers – usually a university. This ensures that all our programmes are academically rigorous and meet the stringent requirement laid down by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Your PGCE Pre-service in Teacher Training (Lifelong Learning) is validated by University of Huddersfield

Interview process

One half hour interview (one-on-one) with senior lecturer, no test required.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

At UCO we will make reasonable adjustments to support you to overcome difficulties your disability presents you with. Examples of the support that may be available, but not limited to, are: Extensions on assignment dates Exam concessions Extra time on library book loans Library assistance Additional tutorials with your course tutors Dyslexia assessments Counselling Active monitoring sessions Advice and guidance Health and Wellbeing Assessments 1:1 sessions Learning support plans

Contact this training provider

Email
jill.taylor@oldham.ac.uk
Telephone
0161 344 8817
Website
http://www.uco.oldham.ac.uk/
Address
Oldham Business Centre, University Way
Oldham
Lancs
OL1 1BB

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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Apply

Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022