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

Course Overview

The professional and post graduate courses are offered as either a full time intensive one year course, or a part time two year course which can be accessed on a pre-service or in-service basis. The course is a combination of practical teaching skills and academic assessment equipping trainees with the skills to enable them to teach across a range of sectors. All of these courses are validated by the University of Hull.

**Please note: This qualification is not suitable for primary or secondary school teaching.

Delivery

The course is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. The teacher education team also provide a range of guest speakers to broaden the experiences of trainees through a CPD programme. Delivery is complemented by the use of  G-Suite for education applications including Google Classroom, Google Drive, Google Docs and Google Hangouts. Part time students are expected to spend at least one to two hours per week supplementing their studies via resources on our Virtual Learning Environment Google Classroom.

Students are expected to attend both the University Centre and their teaching placement each week. For full-time students, there is a one week block study period to cover key training for teaching in the post 16 sector and a four-week block placement in January.

Placement / Workplace

Pre-service students are currently expected to arrange their own teaching placement in a lifelong learning sector organisation but we are developing an internal programme of placements at our Hub Campus so if you are having trouble finding a placement then please let us know. Placements may include further education colleges, sixth form colleges, external higher education, adult and community learning, offender learning or private training. Your placement/workplace will be discussed at interview to ensure suitability.

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

A total of four modules will be covered over the duration of the post 16 teacher training programme. These are currently:

  • Principles and Practice within Post Compulsory Education (20 credits).
  • Practical Teaching and Learning (40 credits)
  • Advanced Professional Practice in Context (20 credits)
  • Exploring Specialist Teaching (40 credits)

Throughout each module there is an emphasis on national priority areas such as behaviour management, embedding Math’s and English, transferable skills and employability, equality and diversity issues, inclusion and SEN and new and emerging technologies.

Assessment

Module Assessment

We currently assess modules through a wide range of assessments including a microteach, essays, presentations, video presentations and essays, seminar papers, critical reviews and reflective accounts.

Mentor in the Placement / Workplace

The Cert Ed/PGCE course requires you to have a subject specialist mentor in your placement/workplace. They will be expected to have regular meetings with you, carry out lesson observations and provide you with areas for development during your placement.

Lesson Observations

Alongside the lesson observations carried out by your mentor, your Cert Ed/PGCE tutor will also carry out formal observations of your teaching during the year to support and develop your teaching practice.

Portfolio of Work

Over the course of your studies, you are expected to compile a portfolio of work through the G-suite for education platform with support from the course team. This Practical Teaching File forms part of your final Ofsted grade awarded to you at the end of the course.

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

For the Professional or Postgraduate courses, a degree is required (or equivalent) from a recognised university, usually in the subject specialist field.

A placement is required with a guarantee of 100 hours teaching/training within the Lifelong Learning Sector, for the one year course. For the part time course, the requirement is 50 hours per year.

Candidates will be required to undergo an initial core competencies assessment.

Pre-service Applicants are expected to have some relevant experience of working with people in an educational setting. This is generally done on a voluntary basis before applying for the course.

For pre-service students, an enhanced DBS check will be carried out before the trainee enters their placement. For in-service students a copy of a workplace DBS is required.

Please note applicants will also be required to produce a personal statement in addition to completing an application form.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

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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Debbie Pulleyblank

Debbie Pulleyblank

Programme Leader Teacher Education

I have been working in Education for since 1994 both in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands, teaching from Level 2 to Level 7 in the Further Education and Skills sector. I have also been involved in designing curriculum for Undergraduate, Post Graduate and Professional Programmes.

My industry background lies in Fashion and Textiles, but after moving into teaching I have worked closely with trainee teachers and acted in a mentor role to numerous new employees. I am also a qualified assessor, and have acted as an internal verifier and external verifier both in Further Education and Higher Education.

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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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.

Carmen PGCE Pre-Service

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You'll need to have:

For the Professional or Postgraduate courses, a degree is required (or equivalent) from a recognised university, usually in the subject specialist field.

A placement is required with a guarantee of 100 hours teaching/training within the Lifelong Learning Sector, for the one year course. For the part time course, the requirement is 50 hours per year.

Candidates will be required to undergo an initial core competencies assessment.

Pre-service Applicants are expected to have some relevant experience of working with people in an educational setting. This is generally done on a voluntary basis before applying for the course.

For pre-service students, an enhanced DBS check will be carried out before the trainee enters their placement. For in-service students a copy of a workplace DBS is required.

Please note applicants will also be required to produce a personal statement in addition to completing an application form.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

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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