Teaching in the learning and skills sector, or ‘post-compulsory sector’, is demanding but also very rewarding. The sector is continually evolving for all stakeholders, and this is an interesting and exciting time for all who are active in the sector, trainees or experienced educational professionals. As teacher educators our aim is to help you to meet the challenges presented. The programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills you will need to teach diverse learners, who may be young adults aged 16-19, mature learners returning to study or 14+ learners. We will help you to facilitate the learning of others in pursuit of their educational and vocational goals. We will encourage you to become confident teachers who are committed to raising the achievements of your students. You will learn how to improve your own teaching through reflection and self-evaluation. We expect that as teachers in training you will maintain high professional standards in all areas of your work. Since the nature of the full-time provision is pre-service you will currently be on placement alongside undertaking this training programme. On completion of the programme, you will be able to meet and evidence the professional standards as well as to teach effectively in the lifelong learning sector, while demonstrating secure subject and/or vocational knowledge in teaching.
A one-year full-time programme over 32 weeks per year. There are four compulsory modules, totalling 120 credits. All trainees will have a placement or employment, either paid or on a voluntary basis as teachers in post-compulsory settings providing a minimum of 100 hours teaching practice over the programme duration. PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training • Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment in subject specialism (20 credits) • Supporting learners in the lifelong learning sector (20 credits) • Portfolio of Practice (40 credits) • Practitioner Research (40 credits)
All of our teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field of education. The sessions consist of student-centred activities that support the development of knowledge and understanding. You are given the opportunity to work in conjunction with your peers and engage with a range of theoretical and practical ideas. All teaching materials are available on the VLE. You are allocated a personal tutor who will be your first point of communication should you have any queries or concerns. You will have individual tutorials and receive feedback to support you in your assessment tasks. Assessment is carried out in a variety of ways: • Reflective Account • Case studies • Essay • Proposal and Ethics Application • Portfolio • Reports • Presentation
Applicants will need to: • Hold an honours degree or equivalent. • Have GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent Level 2 qualifications. • Demonstrate professional suitability in motivation and enthusiasm for the subject and their career. • Attend an interview and complete a successful entry assessment with the programme team. • Enhanced DBS
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