• Course
    Overview
  • Units and
    Structure
  • Entry
    Requirements
  • Tutors and
    Support

Course Overview

This is a part-time (normally two years) in-service (whilst teaching) post-compulsory teacher training course leading to a professional qualification in further, higher and adult education and training. For those employed in the learning and adult skills sector, it leads to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. The course is awarded by the University of Huddersfield and is also accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Level
Level 5 Level 6 Level 7
Duration
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Awarding Body
University of Huddersfield
Course Fees
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Units and Structure

Year 1 (Level 4)
– Research Informed Teaching Learning and Assessment (30 credits)
– Becoming a Subject Specialist (30 credits)

Year 2 (Level 6 or 7)
– Being a Subject Specialist (30 credits)
– Policy and Professional Issues (30 credits)

The course is structured around modules which are based on different aspects of teachers’ work such as designing learning materials, assessing students’ work and evaluating learning and teaching. Academic credit is gained by undertaking assignments and providing evidence of achievement. This allows you to explore topics that are of interest to you, relevant to your working environment and to your career development.

Much of the course is focused on practical teaching. You have the opportunity to gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals, with support from tutors, as a vehicle for your development.

Assessment Methods

A variety of assessment methods are used including written essays, micro-teach, observations of teaching and learning, reflective blogs and oral presentations. All assessments allow students to reflect on practice and make relevant links to theory and to develop key employability skills.

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

You should hold a UK first degree (i.e., a Bachelor degree), or equivalent, and relevant work experience. You must also hold qualifications at Level 3-4 in the subject area you teach, if this is different from that of your degree. Suitable graduates (minimum of 2:2 classification) may transfer to the Postgraduate Certificate for year 2 of the course.

You are normally required to be in paid employment, as a teacher or trainer, for a minimum of 100 hours (at least 50 hours in any one year) at a recognised training or educational establishment. Voluntary teaching practice may also be acceptable.

You are required to identify a work-based mentor who can guide you in your subject specialism and who is willing to undertake a short (1-2 hours) training course.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


EU students: From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

Tutors and Student Support

David Feeney

David Feeney

Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Education and Advancing Professional Practice,​ ​Lecturer on Cert Ed, DET, PGCE

I have industry experience in graphic design and pursued a career in teaching after completing an MA. I have taught across the FE and HE sectors at institutes across Yorkshire in both Creative Industries and Education. I joined University Centre Doncaster in 2014 as a Lecturer in Education and am currently programme leader for the BA (Hons) in Education and Advancing Professional Practice (top up) . I’m particularly interested in learning technologies specifically the G-Suite for education, these have been a particular focus of my CPD activities. I’m working on developing the digital capabilities of staff and trainees in collaboration with colleagues across the college who share my passion for learning technologies aiding in the progression of teaching and learning.

I am currently employed as a Lecturer in Education within the Department of Education, Health and Community Practice working across the suite of teacher training and education programmes.

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Michelle Mahoney

Michelle Mahoney

Lecturer of Education

Prior to teaching, I worked as an adult nurse. I had the privilege of teaching for about 17 years within a variety of settings including infant and nursery schools, junior schools and through primary schools and held senior leadership positions for approximately 9 years.  I am very interested in behaviour and have enjoyed working with children, parents and a variety of outside agencies to enable individuals to achieve what they are capable of and more! I currently teach in HE on a variety of teacher education programmes.

Current Modules Taught

  • Global and national education reform
  • Exploring specialist teaching
  • Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
  • Theories, principles and models in education and training
  • Wider professional practice and development in education and training
  • Action learning to support the development of specific pedagogy

Research/ Scholarly Activity

I am passionate both with respect to my own education and that of others. I have a research interest in leadership and school restructure and am currently undertaking a Doctorate in education.

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Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

Student Comment

After achieving my degree, I knew that I wanted to continue with my studies and embark on a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. After looking at numerous teacher training courses, I knew that the PGCE at Doncaster University Centre would be the best for me. It offered smaller class sizes and both theoretical and practical approaches to teaching which would not only assist with my understanding of teaching but also how to apply it within a classroom setting.

The PGCE has been fantastic; it has also raised my prospects for future employment. I initially began a voluntary placement teaching within Further Education. After completing my placement, I have gained paid employment in both Further Education and Higher Education and I am now paid to do a job I love.

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Progression and Employment

For those employed in the learning and skills sector it can lead to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status after professional formation through the Institute for Learning (ETF) or HEA accreditation. This course does not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for those working, or intending to work, in schools.

 

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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

You should hold a UK first degree (i.e., a Bachelor degree), or equivalent, and relevant work experience. You must also hold qualifications at Level 3-4 in the subject area you teach, if this is different from that of your degree. Suitable graduates (minimum of 2:2 classification) may transfer to the Postgraduate Certificate for year 2 of the course.

You are normally required to be in paid employment, as a teacher or trainer, for a minimum of 100 hours (at least 50 hours in any one year) at a recognised training or educational establishment. Voluntary teaching practice may also be acceptable.

You are required to identify a work-based mentor who can guide you in your subject specialism and who is willing to undertake a short (1-2 hours) training course.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


EU students: From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course, you'll need to fill in our Postgraduate and Professional application form on the page below.

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