University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Education and Training

The course is a nationally recognised qualification for teachers, trainers and tutors in the further education and skills sector. The UCLan Teacher Education Partnership offers you the exciting opportunity to study in one of 14 colleges across the North West region. In addition to the excellent support from college teams you are also supported on the programme by a subject specialist mentor who will work with you to develop your subject specialism teaching and your overall teaching practice performance. Offering a diverse range of teaching placements in both academic and vocational subject areas, our college-based programmes are designed to provide you with real-life teaching experience working in the further education (FE) and skills sector.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree or equivalent. A Level 3 (QCF) qualification in your teaching subject specialism. (Under exceptional circumstances some entrants may hold a relevant vocational qualification of at least the level above that of their learners.) 5 GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, to include English; applicants who do not have English as a GCSE will be required to successfully achieve the University�s diagnostic test prior to entry to the course. The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent). Part-time: A teaching or training contract for a minimum of 150 hours of teaching over the period of the course, which is split into 75 hours for each of the 2 years. A voluntary teaching placement may be acceptable for part-time applicants. Full-time: On the full-time course you will undertake an appropriate teaching placement for 150 hours over the year. Placements are arranged in consultation with the college teams.

Course modules

Modules include: Preparation for education and training; teaching, learning and assessment (including 75 hours of teaching practice placement within a subject specialism and four hours of observed practice); curriculum design and assessment; practitioner research: an action research approach; contemporary issues in education and training; developing teaching, learning and assessment (including 75 hours of teaching practice placement within a subject specialism and four hours of observed practice).

Assessment methods

There are 4 central components of assessment: Your teaching practice portfolio will showcase your teaching knowledge and skills and your reflective practice, and demonstrate how you meet the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers; 4 1-hour observations of your teaching in each year of the part-time course or 8 in the single year of the full time course; assignments include a range of essays, case studies, reflective journals, traditional and multi-media presentations, a research project, a poster presentation and observations of other teachers; your professionalism and professional conduct. Satisfactory completion depends on subject assignments, contribution to sessions, attendance, punctuality and all aspects of professional conduct.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Part-time - 2 years

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