Postgraduate study
Education and Training

Education and Training
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

 

Course overview

Our Level 6 Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Education and Training is specifically to train teachers wanting teach in education and training sector educational settings, such as further education colleges, and adult and community settings. It is ideal for graduates wishing to teach their degree subject across a range of settings in the Education and Training sector.

This course is delivered full-time and part-time across a range of colleges in our Teesside University Collaborative Partnership. The full-time course is a pre-service award for those intending to teach in the sector and is offered at Darlington College and Stockton Riverside College. The full-time award, delivered at Stockton Riverside College, is specifically for those wanting to be adult literacy or numeracy specialists. The part-time award is offered at Darlington College, Hartlepool College of Further Education, Redcar & Cleveland College, and Stockton Riverside College. The part-time course is available as an in-service award if you are currently employed in teaching or training in the sector. If you are not in a paid teaching post, a pre-service part-time route is available but you must be able to find your own teaching practice. Due to government changes, if you complete this award you may also be able to gain employment in a secondary school setting, particularly in the post-14 age range - subject to the completion of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).This course has been developed to embed The Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training, and it combines academic study with substantial placement experience and observation of practice.

Both full-time and part-time routes cover a range of topics including planning and assessment, theories and principles for enabling learning, curriculum design and development plus being a professional in the sector. You study specialist modules if you choose to follow the literacy or numeracy subject-specialist programme. Your award title on qualification will also reflect your chosen specialist route rather than the generic award titleTrainees also attend two full day conferences alongside trainees from across the partnership.

 

Course details

You study a range of modules that takes you from preparing to teach through to more advanced practice skills. You also study issues affecting the education and training educational sector, such as educational policy, quality assurance, and your own personal and professional development needs.

If you are studying a subject-specialist award, there are modules that develop your subject knowledge and understanding as well as modules that focus on how you develop this into subject-specialist pedagogy in your teaching practice.

All programmes are mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training – England (The Education and Training Foundation) and are in line with national requirements for Award in Education and Training, Certificate in Education and Training, and Diploma in Education and Training. These are referred to throughout your progression through the programme, as they are the occupational standards used throughout the sector.

Course structure

Core modules (all awards)

Developing Learning and Teaching

Enhancing Learning and Teaching

Evidence Informed Learning and teaching

Thinking in Learning and Teaching

 

Core modules (Adult Literacy Specialist award only)

Learning and Teaching in Literacy

This module provides you with a comprehensive and practical toolkit for approaching teaching literacy and English in creative ways in a range of contexts, and it encourages you to consistently evaluate and reflect on your own practice. You focus on developing approaches to effective learning and teaching of literacy; formative, summative and ongoing assessment of literacy skills; planning for individual students and groups of students to ensure effective progress in literacy; creating and managing effective, inclusive teaching environments; embedding English and maths across the curriculum; and using technology to enhance the teaching of literacy and English. You explore the development of these areas with specific reference to your own experience and practice. You are guided towards developing and organising your subject knowledge to meet the needs of your learners.

 

Core modules (Adult Numeracy Specialist award only)

Learning and Teaching in Numeracy

This module provides you with a comprehensive and practical toolkit for teaching numeracy and mathematics in creative ways in a range of contexts and encourages you to consistently evaluate and reflect on your own practice. It focuses on developing approaches to effective learning and teaching of numeracy; formative, summative and ongoing assessment of numeracy skills; planning for individual students and groups of students to ensure effective progress in numeracy; creating and managing effective, inclusive teaching environments; embedding English and maths across the curriculum; and using technology to enhance the teaching of numeracy and mathematics. You explore the development of these areas with specific reference to your own experience and practice. You are guided towards developing and organising your subject knowledge to meet the needs of your learners.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

Learning and teaching are central to all aspects of this course. Trainees are themselves students completing a higher education qualification but they are also trainee teachers who are expected to apply the knowledge and skills they acquire to their own classrooms. All aspects of this course are therefore designed to support trainees to develop academically whilst also supporting the development of practical, professional expertise across a range of contexts.

This course is built around a clear focus on developing resilient, autonomous, reflective practitioners who will become outstanding teachers within the education and training sector. The learning and teaching strategy of this course supports that goal and aims to ensure that trainees:
- are introduced to a wide variety of innovative, inspiring and creative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment;
- take every opportunity to engage with research informed practice and to feel confident in evaluating educational research;
- experience the active modelling of L&T strategies within their taught sessions and that they consistently engage in the collaborative evaluation of modelled practice;
- develop a wide-ranging, independent and flexible approach to reflection, reflective practice and the linking of theory to practice;
- acquire the skills and knowledge required to meet the professional standards of the sector, understand the changes taking place within the sector and independently pursue their own continued personal and professional development; and,
- are made aware of current issues and changes within the education and training sector and contextualise these within education as a whole.


How you are assessed

Assessment on this course has been designed to assess trainees’ knowledge, their professional skills and their ability to integrate the theoretical and the practical aspects of their experience. Approaches to assessment have been designed to align with professional standards for the sector.
The overall assessment load has been carefully considered to prevent overload or the bunching of assessments whilst also ensuring that all aspects of the course remain fully integrated and the experience of trainees is a fully holistic one. Throughout the course approaches to assessment are actively modelled for, and discussed with, trainees as an essential aspect of the teacher training process

Specific assessment tasks include completing a Professional Standards Portfolio, an academic poster, observations of teaching practice, and written assessments such as writing a critical evaluation and a journal-style article.

 
 

Entry requirements

GCSE (or standard equivalent) in English grade C (4) or above.

A degree in an area suitably linked to subject teaching within the education and skills sector.

Satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

A teaching practice placement of at least 100 hours in an appropriate context (this must be arranged by the student and evidenced via a teaching practice agreement signed by the placement provider).

Successful completion of a formal interview that demonstrates:

• intellectual and academic suitability for the course;
• appropriate attitudes and values expected of a teacher working in the education and training sector;
• ability to communicate clearly and accurately in standard English.

 

Employability

Work placement

Trainees will undertake a significant teaching practice placement that will form an integral part of their training as a teacher. During their placement trainees will receive support from a designated mentor who will provide formative feedback verbally and in writing.

Mentors receive detailed information about the course and their role and are required to undertake mentor training (this is available via face-to-face sessions, on a 1-2-1 basis or via completion of a distance training package). There is regular communication between mentors and the University-based teaching team.

During placement trainees will continue to be supported by tutors.

Career opportunities

Appropriate careers are in the full teaching role in learning and skills sector educational contexts. Graduates go on to work in a variety of professions including further education colleges and training organisations, secondary schools or higher education. Other students have taken the opportunity to further their studies on relevant continuing professional development or masters’ courses at the University.

 

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Full-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£6,150 a year

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  • Length: within 1 year
  • Attendance: University Middlesbrough campus 01642 342824, Darlington College 01325 503035 and Stockton Riverside College 01642 865468
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342824
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Part-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£3,960 a year

  • Length: within 2 years
  • Attendance: Darlington College 01325 503035, Hartlepool College of Further Education 01429 404179, Redcar and Cleveland College 01642 473132 and Stockton Riverside College 01642 865468 - Check with colleges for attendance details
  • Enrolment date: September in Year 1, May in Year 2
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342396
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Skills

Improve your project management, critical thinking, research skills, time management, presentation skills and teamwork.

 

Earnings

The median salary for working-age (16-64) postgraduates in 2018 was £6,000 more than graduates
(DoE Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2018, tees.ac.uk/source)

 

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