University of Wolverhampton

University of Wolverhampton

Post-Compulsory Education

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education) offers initial teacher education for those who wish to be employed in a variety of post-14 educational and training establishments (this could include FE colleges, adult education providers, academies, UTCs and training providers) and will eventually enable the holder to submit evidence for Professional Formation and Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status once registered with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). This course is designed to meet the ETF Professional standards and has at its heart a model of Critical Reflective Practice that facilitates an ongoing professional dialogue between student, mentor and tutor. The course received a Grade 2: Good in the Ofsted Inspection March 2013.

There is a generic route designed for a wide range of post-compulsory subjects, or an integrated route, which offers qualification for aspiring teachers of English (Literacy).

We are currently looking for applicants who have relevant degrees and would like to teach any of the following subjects:

Accounting, Animal Behaviour/Animal Science, Art and Design (Fine Art, Graphics, Fashion & Textile Design, Product Design, Ceramics or Animation), Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science/Programming and IT, Construction, Early Childhood Studies, Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Equine (Land Based), Forensic Science, General Science (Biology AND Physics or Chemistry), Government and Politics, Health and Social Care, History, Hospitality, Law, Leisure and Tourism, Mathematics, Media Production (Creative Digital or TV and Film), Motor Vehicle, Music Technology, Performing Arts (Dance, Drama or Musical Theatre), Photography, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Special Needs/Supported Learning, Sports Exercise Science, Sports Studies, Uniformed Public Services.

If you're degree subject does not appear here you may still be able to apply.

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education.

This is NOT an appropriate course for applicants who wish to teach in primary or secondary schools. It does not confer qualified teacher status (QTS) for schools and does not provide the participant with a DfE number.

Entry requirements

You must be sure that you wish to embark on a career of teaching in Post-Compulsory Education before applying for this course. In order to achieve this we recommend that you gain some experience within the post compulsory sector.

  • Preferably a 2:1 degree (or equivalent qualification) in a subject related to the area you wish to teach.
  • GCSE Maths and English grade 4/C or above, or equivalent. 

We expect you to research your subject area within the post-compulsory context, and to visit a further education establishment to make an informed decision about how your subject specialism fits into the national vocational framework.

All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to an interview. This will include a presentation and a panel-based interview. 

Course modules

Our PCE teacher training programmes seek to prepare student teachers to develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities required of a professional teacher in the post compulsory sector.

You will study:

  • Working in the Post Compulsory Sector
  • Constructing Self and Identity
  • Contextualised Study
  • Reflecting on Self and Identity
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Politics, Policy and Practice

You'll also be placed in a lifelong learning setting for two days per week and two days will be based at the University. You'll also go on two block placements during the year – where you are supported and supervised by college teacher mentors, as well as by a University Personal Tutor whom you meet on a weekly basis.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

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Campus or study location: 
Walsall Campus
Contact: 
Course Enquiry Unit
Telephone number: 
01902 321000