Sheffield Hallam University Post-16 and Further Education (XQ33)

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
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.shu.ac.uk

Contents

About the course

  • Develop and apply your knowledge and understanding of educational ideas and theories.
  • Engage with the latest developments in the Post-16 and Further Education context.
  • Complete this course to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for Post-16 and Further Education.
  • Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of Post-16 and Further Education, previously known as Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET).

This course is for anyone who is new to teaching and needs us to find them a placement, or who is already working as a teacher or trainer and wants to become qualified.

We also offer this course with special educational needs to become an effective teacher in Special Educational Needs (SEN) at post-16 level.

Key areas you will learn about include planning and preparing to teach, assessment for learning, teaching strategies and approaches, behaviour for learning, using technology to enhance learning and progression against the Professional Standards. After successfully completing the course, you gain either a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training, or a level 5 Professional Certificate in Education and Training. The level 7 qualification includes 60 credits at level 7 that can be used towards a masters course.

You learn through

  • assessment of practical teaching
  • presentations
  • planning and evaluation exercises
  • preparation of teaching materials
  • written assignments

Find out more on our website

Teaching placements

You’ll spend part of each week in placement with an additional block placement at the end of the course. As placement-based learning is embedded throughout, you’ll be well prepared for the work force you will be joining. You are fully briefed on the expectations of the role of a professional teacher and will experience some of the demands of employment first hand whilst on placement. You’ll be required to reflect on your development against current professional standards and to action a plan to promote further progression ready for employment.

Typical placements take place at

  • further education colleges
  • school sixth forms
  • higher education institutions
  • adult and community learning providers
  • private training companies
  • public services
  • 14-19 educational providers.

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.

Normally GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics, or equivalent. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only, we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.

Personal qualities

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how students learn, where possible within a post-16 setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

Other requirements

In-service students must have evidence that they are already working as a teacher or tutor, will teach a minimum of 60 hours in each year of the course, and that their employer will provide a specialist mentor to support them

You will be required to complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms. For more information, visit the course page under entry requirements

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.

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 £14,895

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting this course in 2021/22 are £9,250 for the course.

Financial support from the training provider

Please visit: https://www.feadvice.org.uk/i-want-work-fe-skills-sector

About the training provider

Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK’s largest universities, based in the heart of Sheffield, one of the UK’s biggest student cities.

Sheffield is the fifth biggest city in the UK with over 60,000 students, it has a mix of culture and green spaces.

We have invested over £100 million in new buildings and facilities over the last five years, providing innovative, flexible and sustainable spaces to enhance student experience.

Sheffield Hallam University has been awarded The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year for Teaching Quality 2020. The award recognises our consistently high student satisfaction scores, as measured by the independent National Student Survey (NSS).

We pride ourselves on the applied nature of our courses. We offer one of the largest and most diverse range of placements in the region. We’ve built up a network of over 600 partner schools, colleges and other educational establishments, and we work together to our mutual advantage.

You will study at our centre of education that is recognised for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. Our academics, researchers and partners in schools work together to ensure you become a committed and professional graduate, with the opportunity to return to us throughout your career to further your professional development.

Find out more on our website

Interview process

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

The selection event is a process which assesses if you’re suitable for a place on the course. It’s a chance to show us your knowledge about the subject and your enthusiasm for the career. Being invited to a selection event doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a place on the course - the point of the day is to help us come to a mutual decision. We need to decide whether to make you an offer and you need to decide whether you like the course and the university.

We aim to make the interview process as rigorous and informative as possible. It’s very much a two-way process, where you can evaluate what we offer while we find out more about you. In order to help us explore your thinking and subject knowledge, and for you to decide if this is the right course for you, we have a number of activities we usually use as part of the interview process.

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International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

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

If you have a disability, including long term medical conditions, specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and A(D)HD) and mental health conditions, you can access additional support for your academic studies whilst at Sheffield Hallam.

Students can receive support for a wide variety of conditions. There is extensive support available, including

  • Learning contracts- reasonable adjustments to your course such as extensions or extra time in exams

  • Support workers - like a mentor to help with organisation, or a personal assistant to help with mobility

  • Equipment/Assistive Technology and software - such as digital recorders or text to speech software

We have an on-site assessment Centre, the Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre, where a range of disability specialists can carry out Study Needs Assessments.

We run daily drop in sessions - come and talk to us, no appointment needed. You can also register for support online.

Contact this training provider

Email
admissions@shu.ac.uk
Telephone
0114 225 5533
Website
http://www.shu.ac.uk
Address
City Campus
Pond Street
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S1 1WB

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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