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University of Sunderland Post-Compulsory Education and Training (X341)

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.sunderland.ac.uk

Contents

About the course

This course has two intakes throughout the year:

  • January 2021 start available at Northumberland College.

  • September 2021 start available at University of Sunderland and Durham Sixth Form.

When applying to study on this course please ensure you state which start date and location you are applying for.

The Post Graduate Certificate in PCET is a professional teacher education programme that will qualify you to teach in the postcompulsory education and training sector.

This course is designed to equip you with the necessary tools to teach adults and young people and give you the opportunity to share your knowledge in a way that helps others to fulfil their potential. The course benefits from its direct link to the University of Sunderland’s Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (SUNCETT).

The course is directly informed by both the national and international educational research and development work of the team.

This pre-service course is for people who have not necessarily had any previous experience as a teacher, but who want to make a positive difference in the Further, Adult and Vocational Education sector.

For more information please visit; https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/study/education/postgraduate-pcet/

Teaching placements

Placements are an essential part of this degree. We will help to arrange a minimum of 100-hours teaching practice placement in the Learning and Skills sector, over the course of your one year of study.

Your Teaching Practice Placement will provide you with valuable opportunities to work alongside experienced teachers and to learn how to design, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning in the sector. You will be supported and guided by a Subject Specialist Mentor who will be allocated to you through the University of Sunderland’s Placement Office.

Please note that you will be expected to pay for your own travel to and from placement. When you’re ready to start searching for a teaching job, you will already have a wide network of professional contacts who can help you find the right opportunities.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Durham Sixth Form Centre
The Sands, Durham, DH1 1SG
Yes
Sir Tom Cowie Campus
St Peter’s, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR6 0DD
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You will usually need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.

You should hold a GCSE grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English.

Applicants with a foundation degree will need to supplement this with at least 60 credits at level 6 (HE level 3) in order to attain an equivalent single qualification.

Personal qualities

We do not look for a one size fits all model of a trainee teacher – quite the opposite. We are looking for people who demonstrate a passion for developing the learning experiences of adult learners. We do look for trainee teachers who are willing to have a go; eager to engage, and up for a challenge. We create confident, competent teachers and a willingness to take on board feedback and use it to develop is something we look for.

Other requirements

You must also have:

  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • A completed medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The University of Sunderland is an ambitious university with a global reach. We have 20,000 students at our four campuses worldwide – two in Sunderland on the North East coast, one in London and our newest in Hong Kong. The University has been awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework which demonstrates our high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

The School of Education have been voted 2nd in the U.K (1st in England) for it’s Undergraduate Education courses according to the Guardian University League Tables, 2020. We are extremely proud of this accolade, but it doesn’t stop there! Recently, the University of Sunderland has been named University of the Year for Social Inclusion by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

According to our most recent Ofsted report, some key strengths of our provisions are strong communication and positive relationships between the University and its partner schools, and the commitment of trainers in partnership schools to the all-round development of the trainees. Our comprehensive courses will give you the skills needed to make a real difference in educating the next generation, as well as thrive on a personal level with a rewarding career.

With 110 years-worth of experience of training teachers we are highly regarded in the local area, with links to 230 schools and colleges.

  • All our Primary and Secondary ITT courses are accredited by the Teacher Regulation Agency (TRA ) for QTS (Post Compulsory Education and Training does not award QTS)

Interview process

If your application has been successfully shortlisted for a September 2021 start you will be invited to attend an online interview, this will take place on Microsoft Teams. Applicants will be able to choose from a selection of dates and times and will only need to attend interview once.

Essential details of the day will be sent to you via email prior to the interview so you will be very well prepared for the day.

Online interviews will be led by the academics on the course, and will consist of individual and group tasks.

If you live outside of the UK we will be able to perform Skype interviews when required.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability.

Please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries:

Email: disability.support@sunderland.ac.uk Tel: 0191 515 2952

Contact this training provider

Email
student.helpline@sunderland.ac.uk
Telephone
0191 515 3000
Website
http://www.sunderland.ac.uk
Address
Edinburgh Building
City Campus
Chester Road
Sunderland
SR1 3SD

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).

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