Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Post-Compulsory Education and Training

Post-Compulsory teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

This Post-Compulsory Education degree is suitable for applicants with subject experience from a wide variety of areas and industries. It leads to a teaching qualification in the post-compulsory education sector. The awards meet the national professional standards, and allows you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) when you have completed your course. QTLS has been recognised as equivalent to QTS allowing holders to work in secondary schools.

We equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for the demanding role of teacher / lecturer. The course is endorsed within the national framework for the sector and constitutes the University's equivalent of the Diploma in Education and Training.

This course is also offered with subject specialist pathways:

  • English and Literacy
  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Special and Inclusive Practice

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

For the Prof GCE / PGCE:

  • a UK honours degree, at a minimum Third Class in the intended subject specialism; and
  • relevant work experience will strengthen your application.

For the Cert Ed:

  • A-level at grade C or equivalent; or
  • substantial industrial / commercial experience in the intended subject specialism.

Other requirements:

  • an interview
  • a Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
  • a Prohibition Order check; and
  • a satisfactory health check; and
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at minimum grade C / 4 or equivalent; and
  • one academic or vocational reference.

Basic knowledge of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is an advantage.

Course modules

This degree is offered at three award levels. You apply for either the PGCE or CertEd depending on your qualifications and will be assessed for the ProfGCE whilst on the course:

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education

  • You will join this level if you have a good honours degree. You will also be able to study for 60 Masters-level credits, giving you a head-start on gaining a postgraduate qualification.You may join this level from the CertEd.

ProfGCE - Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

  • You may join this level from the CertEd.

Cert Ed - Certificate in Education

  • If you have the equivalent to A-levels or have significant experience in your intended subject specialism, you will join the Cert Ed.

The aims of the course are to prepare students to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and learning activities in the post-compulsory education sector and to help students to develop appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes. It equips students with an ability to reflect upon and learn from their professional practice and build students' confidence in their ability to perform their professional roles whilst creating a sound foundation for further professional and career development.

All students follow a course of study and research which covers an introduction to post-compulsory education; curriculum issues, particularly around inclusive practice; and quality; principles of learning and the characteristics of the post-14 learner; planning for learning and methods of teaching and assessment. Fully integrated into this course is a structured and supervised practical teaching component in one of our partner institutions.

Placements

The teaching experience in partner colleges / centres is central to the course. You will be supported throughout the experience by a mentor who specialises in your subject area, giving you the confidence to take your industry experience into the classroom.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed on both coursework and their teaching practice. The focus of assessments is determined by the student's own practice and subject specialism.

On the part-time programme, two assessments are completed in Year One and two in Year Two.

Structure

This course has been designed to specifically enable you to develop your academic and teaching skills in a structured and coherent way. The teaching placement underpins the whole course and is linked to all assessments; practical teaching is linked specifically to assessments one, two, and three.

The assessments are linear to enable you to build on and develop your knowledge and experience, with later assessments consolidating and extending earlier learning and skills, particularly in relation to professional practice. This development is both focused and aspirational, taking you from being a ‘Beginning Teacher’ at the start (assessment one), through being a ‘Developing and Professional Teacher’ (assessment two) to becoming an ‘Independent and Innovative Teacher’ with a clear subject-specific focus (assessment three).

Assessment One: Teaching and Learning: in PCET (40 credit points)

This assessment will introduce you to the post compulsory sector, exploring the role, responsibilities and boundaries of a teacher, introducing generic teaching, learning and assessment methods, exploring behaviour management and establishing early inclusive and reflective practice. To align to sector qualifications, the content of this assessment meets the award in Education and Training Foundation requirements for the Education and Training Certificate (via LSIS, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, brand).

This assessment is generic so if you are undertaking the Mathematics and Numeracy Pathway, the English and Literacy Pathway, or the Special and Inclusive Pathway, you will study with others in your full-time or part-time group.

Assessment Two: Learning and Teaching: the professional tutor (20 credit points)

This assessment will build on assessment one and develop a deeper understanding of inclusive planning, learning, teaching and assessment, particularly in relation to notions of ‘good practice’ in the sector, as drawn from learning, assessment and communication theory. Through activities at the university and within the subject specialist placement, strategies explored in assessment one will be extended to support ongoing personal professional development. It seeks to ensure that you have a comprehensive knowledge of the theory and practice of planning, learning, teaching and assessment so that you can: work confidently and effectively with learners; consider equality and diversity; draw on a range of inclusive and differentiated teaching and assessment methods; devise and deliver vibrant learning experiences in the classroom, and demonstrate high expectations of learners in relation to their learning and progress. The content of this assessment meets the award in Education and Training for the Education and Training Certificate (via LSIS, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, brand).

If you are undertaking the Mathematics and Numeracy Pathway, the English and Literacy Pathway, or the Special and Inclusive Pathway, some sessions will be subject specialist in order to explore subject knowledge and pedagogy and strengthen your own Mathematics, English or Special and Inclusive skills and knowledge.

Assessment Three: Learning and Teaching: the subject specialist and wider context (20 credit points)

Assessment Three will investigate the key concepts relating to subject specialist education to support you in implementing a pedagogical approach within the classroom. You will identify and reflect upon recent education research and debate to gain an understanding of what might be considered ‘best practice’ within your subject and its delivery in your placement colleges/provider/workplace. You will explore modes of delivery that ensure engagement with and enjoyment of the subject and will develop the range of practical skills associated with this. Upon completing this assessment you will be able to devise and deliver vibrant subject specialist learning experiences in the classroom.

If you are undertaking the Mathematics and Numeracy Pathway, the English and Literacy Pathway, or the Special and Inclusive Pathway, some sessions will be subject specialist in order to explore subject knowledge and pedagogy and strengthen your own Mathematics, English or Special and Inclusive skills and knowledge.

Assessment Four: PCET: Independent Study (40 credit points)

This assessment will support you in the development of enquiry skills within the context of your subject specialist placement. You will undertake a small scale project which will contribute, in some way, to your subject department and your own subject specialist development. You will negotiate the focus and aims with your personal tutor and placement mentor and draw on a range of sources to develop and extend your knowledge. In addition, professional discussion will be encouraged so that peer feedback can support project planning and implementation. It is intended that this engagement in a range of professional activities will extend your knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to your subject specialism, professional practice and placement, and allow you to contribute to your subject department or placement centre/workplace.

Taught sessions for the assessment will use interactive teaching strategies to explore the nature of ‘enquiry’ and research; to support the development of your critical evaluation and critical thinking skills, and provide guidance on how to plan, manage and present your project.

This assessment is generic so if you are undertaking the Mathematics and Numeracy Pathway, the English and Literacy Pathway, or the Special and Inclusive Pathway, you will study with others in your full-time or part-time group.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2019 £ 13,900 per Academic year (International) 1 Years
PGCE Part-time September 2019 £ 4,625 per Academic year (Home) 2 Years
PGCE Part-time September 2019 £ 6,950 per Academic year (International) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus Nottingham NG11 8NS East Midlands

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