PGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training In-service // Undergraduate

Course overview

Are you employed or working in a voluntary capacity in the post-compulsory education and training sector? This course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, which is a key qualification for teaching in further education and can be gained in the year after you finish the programme.

QTLS is relevant to vocational training, adult education and teaching in sixth form colleges. Since 2012, QTLS also allows you to teach in state-maintained schools in England, which further extends your career options.

Course content

Modules on this course include:

Theory-based modules

  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (20 Credits)
  • Developing Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment (20 Credits)
  • Contextualising Policy and Curriculum (20 Credits)
  • Enhancing Learning through Innovation and Change (20 Credits)

Practice-based modules

  • Practical Teaching and Professional Development (total of 40 Credits)

Additional options
In year 1 you will also have the option to complete the Assessor's qualification (TAQA) at no additional cost.

In year 2 you will also have the option to complete a Level 2 Award in Mentoring at no additional cost.

Entry requirements

Standard entry qualifications include: a Degree in the subject you teach and all students must have evidence of achieving a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths at the start of the course.

This is an in-service course and we require a minimum of 100 hours teaching in a PCET teaching context on a regular and planned basis.

You will also need a subject mentor, who is a subject specialist with a teaching qualification, to assist with observations (two per year). All students will need to have DBS clearance and an interview is required.

Teaching and assessment

You will be observed teaching eight times, two in each year by your tutor and two by your mentor. You will produce written assignments, participate in practical activities (including a two-day block module at the University of Sunderland at the end of your second year).

Progression and careers

By the end of the course you will have a PGCE (PCET) and the licences for teaching in the post-compulsory education and training sector: PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Sector) and DTLLS (Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector). Your new qualifications will open employment prospects throughout the post-compulsory sector.

Previous graduates of this course have been employed in the following areas:

  • Further Education colleges
  • Sixth Form colleges
  • Training organisations
  • Prison education
  • Commercial and voluntary sector training

Awarding body

This programme is run in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The qualification you will receive is awarded by the University of Sunderland.

TyneMet College working in partnership with the University of Sunderland.

Student numbers

In order to help ensure that the student experience is maintained at a high level across the life of partnership programmes, there is a minimum of 12 students required to enrol in year 1 of each programme offered by TyneMet College in partnership with the University of Sunderland in order for it to run. In the event that this minimum is not reached, the University reserves the right to either close this programme and withdraw offers made on it or, if appropriate to the programme, apply conditions to the programme in order to allow it to run with reduced student numbers. If the programme is closed, the University will use reasonable endeavours to help affected students switch to a suitable alternative programme or alternative HE provider if they wish to do so. If a decision is taken to apply conditions to the programme in order to allow it to run with reduced student numbers, consultation will take place with affected students. Conditions may include things like studying some of the programme at a different venue or merging study with other similar programmes where there is overlap. If these conditions are not acceptable to all students, the programme will close.

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Course detail
Classification Certificate
Course Mode Part-time
Level Undergraduate
Duration Two years
Location Coast Road Campus
Annual fee £2440.00
Start September
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