I chose to do my PGCE in post compulsory with Christ Church as a full time one-year course. It was an intensive year, but the course allowed me to bring my own skills and update them for my new role.

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    Overview

    Our PGCE Further Education course prepares you for a career in the lifelong learning sector, equipping you with the appropriate skills and knowledge, as well as making you eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS).

    We accommodate all subject specialisms through our PGCE, and deliver them alongside partner colleges which offers both flexibility and that you are being taught by the best subject experts. Generic skills are also covered, meaning that on completion you could work in a number of settings - from sixth form colleges through to prison education.

    The PGCE Further Education is a professional course that will qualify you to teach in the lifelong learning sector. This sector offers you a breadth of potential employment routes including further education colleges, sixth form colleges, adult and community learning, work-based learning and prison education.

    Initial Teacher Education placements statement

    We are keeping our approach to Initial Teacher Education placements under constant review. At present we are planning to run all our Initial Teacher Education Courses as advertised.

      All about the course

      One year Full Time at Canterbury Christ Church University

      Modules:

      Over the year you will be studying the following six modules:

      • Introduction to Teaching and Learning
      • Enhancing Teaching and Learning
      • Developing English, Maths and ILT
      • Reflection and Research for Teaching and Learning
      • Curriculum Design for Inclusive Practice
      • Developing Practice

      Each of the modules includes a written, and a teaching practice element. Modules 1,2 and 3 are assessed at level 6. Modules 4,5 and 6 are assessed at either level 6 or 7. To obtain the Post Graduate Certificate in Education you will need to pass at least two modules at level 7. By passing at level 6 you will obtain the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.

      Placement:

      We will do our best to secure teaching at a placement college within the Kent area, however this cannot be guaranteed. You will be assigned a mentor to support you during your placement at the placement college as well as a Canterbury Christ Church University tutor. Your place at the placement college will depend upon a successful mini-placement, which lasts 4 days and happens during module one. This will give them a chance to assess your suitability for main placement.

      You will be required to record a minimum of 100 hours of teaching over your course. This includes a minimum of 75 hours solo teaching and 25 hours of dual/team teaching. You will also be required to successfully complete 8 formal observations over the time of your course.

      • Reflection and Research for Teaching and Learning
      • Curriculum Design for Inclusive Practice
      • Developing Practice

      Two year Part Time at College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London

      Modules (Year 1):

      • Introduction to Teaching and Learning
      • Enhancing Teaching and Learning
      • Developing English, Maths and ILT

      Modules (Year 2)

      • Reflection and Research for Teaching and Learning
      • Curriculum Design for Inclusive Practice
      • Developing Practice

      Placement:

      Following successful interview, you will secure a placement at College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London in your subject specialist area. This will follow an informal interview with the appropriate Head of School in your subject area as well as the Programme Coordinator. You will also be supported by a subject specialist mentor throughout the duration of the course. You will be expected to commit to a minimum of one full day a week in your placement as well as the compulsory Wednesday attendance for the taught sessions.

      You will be required to record a minimum of 100 hours of teaching over your course. This includes a minimum of 75 hours solo teaching and 25 hours of dual/team teaching. You will also be required to successfully complete 8 formal observations over the time of your course.

      Note when applying

      When you press apply, you will be taken to the government 'Apply for teacher training' website where you can select and apply for the subject area of your choice at Canterbury Christ Church University. It's very straightforward, but it's also worth noting the course code, which is: 3CR6.

      Entry requirements

      You should have a good honours degree at 2.2 or above and demonstrate competence regarding communication. In your application you will need to indicate sound reasons for wanting to teach in post compulsory education and have a clear awareness and experience of the sector. Academic and/or industrial and commercial experience to demonstrate involvement with young people or adults in the community would be advantageous.

      You will need to demonstrate your ability in writing in English academically through a reading/writing task at interview. You will also be required to plan and deliver a 10 minute microteach session in your subject specialism.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      Module information

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn

      All students at Canterbury will spend the first few weeks full time – Monday to Friday, at the university to complete modules 1 and 2, to develop the generic skills required for teaching and learning. Following this, students will spend three days a week on placement focusing on the practical elements of teaching, developing your skills in the delivery of your subject specialism as well as being thoroughly prepared for employment in the sector. The remaining one day a week (Friday) is spent at University allowing full integration of theory and practice, and an opportunity to reflect and debate upon the diverse range of experiences with which you have engaged.

      Whilst on placement you will be supported by a curriculum mentor as well as a personal tutor from the University. The placement is fully supported by the placement institution and the University – you will be offered guidance, advice and tips to support your professional development and practice.

      Initial Teacher Education placements statement

      We are keeping our approach to Initial Teacher Education placements under constant review. At present we are planning to run all our Initial Teacher Education Courses as advertised.

      Part time students at Canterbury will still need to attend modules 1 and 2 (pre-placement) at the university, Monday to Friday for the first four weeks. In the first year they will complete modules 1,2 and 4. Once placement starts they will be expected to attend this 1 day a week. They will need to attend all sessions for the modules they do in year 1.

      In year 2 they will be expected to do 2 days placement per week and will need to attend all sessions (on Fridays) for their remaining modules: 3, 5 and 6.

      Initial Teacher Education placements statement

      We are keeping our approach to Initial Teacher Education placements under constant review. At present we are planning to run all our Initial Teacher Education Courses as advertised.

      There is a part-time PGCE cohort at College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London. Compulsory taught sessions are held every Wednesday throughout the academic year.

      If you would like to study at the College, you can apply via its website using the link below by simply searching for "PGCE Further Education Level 7". 

      Click here to visit the website.

      I liked the mix of theory and practice. What I learnt in the classroom, I could observe, copy and eventually demonstrate in my work placement. It gave me a safe space to make mistakes and room to reflect on my practice and improve. It offered me coaching opportunities to real life classroom concerns and supported me to finally achieve my qualification.

      EmmaPGCE FE student

      Your future career

      By qualifying as a teacher with the PGCE FE you could be opening a pathway to a rewarding, varied and exciting career in this vibrant and invaluable sector. You will be working with a huge variety of learners, helping them to succeed in qualifications that will make a real difference to their professional lives. The PGCE FE has a long and successful record of high achievement. The course will encourage you to think critically and you will be supported by a dedicated and professional team throughout the programme. The six modules you will cover are designed to complement and enhance your professional practice.

      Upon successful completion of the programme you can teach in a variety of further education settings, including sixth form colleges, adult and community learning settings, work-based learning and prison education.

      The modules and teaching on the PGCE FE course were excellent! And the way the teachers adapted to remote teaching and learning due to the circumstances of 2020 was fantastic. I’m sure it is something they will continue to make the most of!

      SuzyPGCE FE student

      Fees

      Please refer to university website for subject specific fees for 22/23.

      Bursaries

      Generous, tax-free funding is available to graduates on a first come first serve basis in a range of subjects.

      Subject bursaries are available in:

      • Chemistry
      • Physics
      • Biology
      • Maths
      • Computing
      • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
      • English

      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500
      Part-time N/A N/A

      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated. The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding year on year fee increases. Students studying FULL PGCE courses may be eligible to apply to Student Finance for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan. You can find out more on our fees and funding web pages.

      Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

      Further information

      20% PGCE Alumni Discount

      Christ Church Alumni are being offered a 20% Alumni Discount on a range of PGCEs starting in 2022-23, if they are fully self-funding their course and are not in receipt of a Department for Education bursary or professional subject association scholarship.

      Read the Terms and Conditions

      Bursaries
      Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects.

      Subject bursaries are available in:

      • Chemistry
      • Physics
      • Maths
      • Computing
      • Languages
      • Biology

      You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are accepted on to a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria you will receive information on the bursary prior to your enrolment on the course

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      Duration:

      1 year

      Location(s):

      Canterbury
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