University of Worcester Further Education (WR38)

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
https://www.worcester.ac.uk/about/academic-schools/school-of-education/get-into-teaching-at-worcester/home.aspx

Contents

About the course

The PGCE in Further Education at Worcester is a teaching qualification. It provides access to excellent learning and training opportunities across the FE sector: further education colleges, schools (14-19), work based learning and adult and community settings. The course is designed to provide generic core content on teaching, learning and assessment. This is complemented by subject specialism content which is delivered in smaller subject groups.

Collaborative working features across all aspects of course teaching and teaching practice; this approach is key to making the course successful, stimulating and enjoyable.

The course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training (2014) which are sector standards promoted by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).

The course offers subject clusters with specific support for the following subjects

  • PE and Sports Science
  • English, Literacy and ESOL
  • Health and Social Care
  • SEND
  • Maths
  • Performing Arts
  • Art and Design
  • Computing Science

Teaching placements

We work very closely with our partner institutions, to provide you with high quality teacher training to prepare you for your first teaching job and beyond. Our partner institutions provide a range of settings from rural to inner city. Most are within a 30 mile radius of the University. You will practise teaching in one main placement.

The course is designed with time on placement running alongside time at University. This gives you the opportunity to reflect on experience and your future development. You will have 100+ days on placement - an average of 3 days a week.

On placement you will be supported by a Professional Mentor, as well as your Subject Mentor. Their job is to see that you get as much out of your teaching placements as possible, and provide you with support and guidance. At interview you may meet teachers from our partnership institutions as they take part in the selection process alongside University tutors.

You will be observed 8 times by your Subject Mentor and Personal Academic Tutor/University Subject Specialist.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Degree or equivalent:

Honours degree (2:2 or above) from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject area. Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.

GCSEs:

Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry onto the course. University of Worcester equivalency tests are available. Please contact admissions@worc.ac.uk for further information.

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainees who are:

  • confident and reflective practitioners
  • effective communicators who can work in partnership
  • informed intellectuals who promote a love of learning
  • resilient professionals able to demonstrate high standards of personal conduct

Sector experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior experience or opportunities you have had to work with young people and adults. At this point, we will discuss with you whether additional sector experience would support you in deciding that teaching is right for you.

Other requirements

Health and Physical Capacity to Teach: The DfE requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach. People with disabilities or chronic illnesses may have the capacity to teach, just as those without disabilities or medical conditions may be unsuitable to teach.

DBS: All entrants to ITE programmes will be subject to appropriate pre-selection checks, including an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service), criminal records checks and children’s barred list information.

Fees and financial support

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

Other costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

If you are in receipt of a bursary, you would be responsible for your own travel costs.

We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations or other relevant subject organisations.

About the training provider

The University of Worcester has a long-standing reputation for training excellent, highly employable teachers. Personalised academic and professional tutoring, from a range of experienced tutors and mentors, ensures that you will be supported throughout your course and in transition from trainee to teacher. With extensive research profiles, your learning is shaped by those helping to shape education itself.

You will benefit from our excellent partnerships with schools, in a wide range of geographical locations. With excellent support and dedicated school experience tutors, you will have the opportunity to flourish as an effective teacher, as part of your training.

Our PGCE courses offer Master’s-level credits as well as Qualified Teacher Status, and provide excellent opportunities.

Our Primary courses include a high quality tailored programme of training in all National Curriculum subjects, in addition to SEND and RE.

Trainee teachers at Secondary level can choose to add depth to their qualifications by involvement in additional enhancement programmes in key areas such as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; working with learners who have English as an Additional Language; developing expertise in Citizenship; developing skills in a second STEM subject; preparing to be Education Leaders, or developing skills in Technology Enhanced Learning.

At Secondary level we also offer pre-training Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses in a range of subjects for those who need them.

Our inclusive courses attract applicants from a range of career and study backgrounds, including career changers and we welcome applications from all who meet our entry requirements.

Interview process

The selection process:

Trainees are recruited through a rigorous selection process. The team consider the personal statement and reference to decide whether to offer an interview.

At interview, you will be asked to complete:

  • A timed written task
  • A short presentation (details sent out with the interview invite)
  • A group task
  • An interview with two people, usually 2 university tutors

References:

For your application, you will need two references which are submitted online.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Worcester offers a wide range of support and advice to disabled students and also to parents, staff and those external agencies supporting disabled students.

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service offers support, advice and guidance to students who have a disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). This support lasts throughout a student’s studies at the University of Worcester. We also work with and offer support and advice to University staff on how to meet the needs of disabled students.

We can provide assistance through:

  • Supporting disabled students with general enquiries
  • Implementing special arrangements for lectures, exams and field trips. This might include notes in advance or special arrangements in exams.
  • Where appropriate, we can arrange note takers, academic support tutors, library assistance, interpreters and transcribers.
  • Help with applying for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which is there to fund these types of support in higher education.
  • Limited loans of equipment
  • Confidential advice and support for students and staff
  • Training and awareness raising workshops
  • Assistive technology

Contact this training provider

Email
admissionsb@worc.ac.uk
Telephone
01905 855111
Website
https://www.worcester.ac.uk/about/academic-schools/school-of-education/get-into-teaching-at-worcester/home.aspx
Address
Henwick Grove
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR2 6AJ

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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