University of Wolverhampton Further education (U488)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) without qualified teacher status (QTS)

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.wlv.ac.uk/teaching

Contents

Course summary

This course places the student at the centre. Each student has a dedicated personal tutor who will aid their development as a reflective practitioner and support each student teacher as they develop their individual professional identity. On successful completion of this course students may choose to pursue the completion of Professional Formation through the Society of Education and Training. It is a separate application (not conducted during the course but after the qualification and by the individual themselves). This endows the status of Qualified Teaching, Learning and Skills (QTLS), a status equivalent to Qualified Teaching Status (QTS). QTLS is not mandatory when teaching in a Post Compulsory Education setting.

This pathway aims to develop the knowledge, skills and qualities required by new entrants to teaching in the Lifelong Learning (PCE) sector. The programme will develop you as reflective practitioners who are capable of critically reviewing your own performance. You should also be able to provide learning opportunities for your students using underpinning criteria of equality of access to opportunity, recognising and valuing cultural and linguistic diversity. In addition, you will be able to use a range of technologies for learning and teaching, and work effectively with others in a professional environment..

Teaching placements

Within Post Compulsory Education at the University of Wolverhampton there are a range of teaching and learning activities to help you achieve your programme successfully. The teaching activities employed will have formative learning and assessment opportunities which will enable you to prepare for any final (summative) submissions, as well as your teaching practice observations and portfolio of evidence and can include:

Active contributions to lectures, group activities, including critical reflections and peer discussion seminars. Directed and self-directed reading that will inform practice developments. Individual and group research activities using a range of sources, reading of literature relating to issues raised in lectures and through independent research. Participation in online tasks and discussions. Action learning sets and developing communities of practice within subject specialisms and with peers of the programme. Individual and group tutorials.

Mentoring and coaching will be available through a variety of mechanisms, through your university personal tutor, university observer, your subject mentor as well as wider colleagues.

There are also a variety of assessment types used to support and stimulate your learning and progression towards developing your teaching capabilities, that are valued in your contextual settings whilst underpinning your own continuing personal and professional development.

Your course will include a variety of assessment activities, which may include: Coursework, e.g. reflective synopsis essays, reports, project proposals, small-scale research analysis, poster presentations, journaling and action planning. Practical, e.g. the compilation of a teacher development portfolio, planning and organising teaching activities and evaluating their effectiveness, self-assessment and self-analysis activities, case study scenarios, oral and video presentations.

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.

We will only consider the University of Wolverhampton equivalency test/s.

Personal qualities

You will have to possess a real interest and aptitude for computing and an ability to think creatively about presenting the subject to others. Candidates will be expected to teach computing topics such as programming, computer architecture, algorithms, data transmission and representation, number conversion and abstraction. Above all, you will need a real commitment to the education of young people.

Other requirements

Those successful in the audits and at interview will be subsequently required to meet enhanced DBS checks, fitness to teach and medical check and prohibition order check requirements. You will be expected to complete these forms once you have been successful and have a Conditional Offer. If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,250

About the training provider

‘Be Informed, Be Inspiring, Be Influential’

The University of Wolverhampton is one of the West Midlands’ largest providers of teacher education, with many of our graduates going on to work within the region. Our tutors are all experienced teachers who have worked with our partnership and family schools for many years.

We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training teachers of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Further Education / Post Compulsory Education.

OFSTED RATED GOOD

Access to high quality, bespoke subject knowledge enhancement courses.

Access to free Professional Skills Test Support.

High quality learning facilities, including well equipped teaching rooms, cutting edge learning spaces, lecture theatres and a social learning environment.

A clear progression to the Early Careers Framework and Master’s degree study, with opportunities to use PGCE credits to embark upon further study following successful completion of the course.

Access to leading research in the field of Education that enables trainees to develop as reflective practitioners.

OFSTED May 2021 said: “The partnership provides effective training, both in the university and partner settings, that prepares trainees well to teach their subjects. Trainees learn how to apply relevant research to their teaching. They become reflective practitioners, committed to ongoing professional development. Trainees are also well prepared for the realities of teaching.”

“Staff provide excellent support. University tutors provide effective help with issues such as managing workload and maintaining good mental health and well-being. In partner settings, mentors help to develop trainees’ teaching skills while providing strong professional role models.”

Interview process

First Stage: All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to complete a set of short professional scenarios involving reading, writing and numerical tasks. These will provide us with an audit of your existing strengths as well as indicate any areas where you need to develop your knowledge and understanding during your course. If you are offered a place following interview, you will be required to demonstrate your professional readiness through successful completion of all of the tasks as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts. This may mean that you are asked to attend support sessions in English and mathematics during your course to enable you to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency by the completion of your course.

Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills before being recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.

Second Stage: You will engage in individual face to face interview.

We will be assessing your ability to be able to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the completion of your course.

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

We have a dedicated Student Support and Wellbeing department within the university offering support services in:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing: Staff are equipped in supporting students who have mental health needs, or students with an Autism Spectrum Condition. Often, these difficulties overlap and therefore we are here to support you with your overall wellbeing whilst at university.

  • Disabilities and Specific Learning Difficulties: Including Specific learning difficulties: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Mental Health conditions, Autism Spectrum Conditions including Asperger syndrome, Sensory disabilities including those affecting sight or hearing and Long term medical conditions

  • Counselling: Help is offered in developing your strengths, making decisions and developing the skills and resources to cope. As counsellors, we help you to find the answers.

  • Chaplaincy : Whether you are a person of faith, someone who is searching, someone with questions and doubts, or of no faith, you are welcome in our Chaplaincy building and to receive the support of the Chaplaincy team. We are a team of multi-faith Chaplains and between us we cover all of the University sites.

Find out more at www.wlv.ac.uk/ssw

Contact this training provider

Email
enquiries@wlv.ac.uk
Telephone
01902 321000
Website
http://www.wlv.ac.uk/teaching
Address
Gorway Road
Walsall
United Kingdom
WS1 3BD

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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