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What makes PGCE in Further Education (FE) at Worcester special?*

The PGCE in Further Education at Worcester is a teaching qualification. It provides access to excellent learning and training opportunities across the FE sector, further education colleges, schools (14-19), work based learning and adult and community settings. The course is designed to provide generic core content on teaching, learning and assessment. This is complemented by subject specialism content which is delivered in smaller subject groups.

Collaborative working features across all aspects of course teaching and teaching practice; this approach is key to making the course successful, stimulating and enjoyable.

*Due to commence September 2020 - subject to approval    

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • Teaching placements in relevant settings to support effective subject specialism development
  • Focus on current Professional Standards throughout the programme
  • Progression route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) (equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Highly skilled and experienced tutors
  • A cohesive programme which successfully links theory and practice through carefully chosen teaching, learning and assessment activities
  • Collaborative, research-informed learning tasks

Accreditation

The course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training which are sector standards promoted by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF)

 

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree (usually 2.2 and above) or equivalent/higher qualification in a relevant subject area
  • Grade C/4 in English Language and Mathematics* (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry

Your qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email

AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk

*The University offers equivalency tests in English Language and mathematics

If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

Other information

  • IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent for international students)
  • Enhanced DBS and other safeguarding checks 

 

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Taster evenings

Our PGCE taster events give you the opportunity to take part in taster sessions, ask questions about the course, explore our facilities and meet a selection of practising teachers. The upcoming dates are:

  • 4 February 2020, 5pm-7pm
  • 17 March 2020, 5pm-7pm
  • 12 May 2020, 5pm-7pm

These events are designed for those considering applying for the course, rather than those who have already applied. To request a place email insiders@worc.ac.uk.

Course content

What will you study?

You will complete core studies which covers an introduction to Further Education, learner characteristics, the curriculum and planning teaching and assessment. You will extend your knowledge and understanding through the study of research informed practice and subject pedagogy in the second module.

Semester 1

Mandatory module

  • Learning Teaching and Assessment in FE and Skills

Semester 2

Mandatory module

  • Curriculum, research-informed practice and professionalism in FE and Skills

Across semesters

Mandatory module

  • Teaching practice module

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Explore subject knowledge from  learning and teaching perspectives
  • Build knowledge and expertise in working effectively and confidently with learners in your subject

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Support to become an active member of your subject community
  • Guidance to create a personal subject specialism knowledge and skills framework

Pedagogy

The FE and Skills sector offers a huge range of teaching subjects, levels, course designs and qualifications. To support your development as a subject expert we offer subject cluster training days  which are tailored to individual aspirations and sector demands. This provides you with opportunities to develop both your subject pedagogy and an understanding of your subject within the sector context.

PE and Sports Science Cluster

This cluster includes a wide range of topics and levels from community dance to BTEC National diploma in Sport to Foundation Degrees in Sports and Exercise Science. Specialist pedagogy within your subject will be explored and examined in depth within your subject cluster group sessions. You will use  and develop your subject specialism teaching skills in your teaching placement alongside your subject mentor and others.

English, Literacy and ESOL Cluster

This cluster includes a wide range of topics and levels from Access to Higher Education study skills to GCSE resits to ESOL learning in community settings. Specialist pedagogy within your subject will be explored and examined in depth within your subject cluster group sessions. You will use  and develop your subject specialism teaching skills  in your teaching placement alongside your subject mentor and others.

Special Educational Needs in FE Cluster

This cluster includes a wide range of topics and levels from vocational pathways to work to entry level skills development. Specialist pedagogy within your subject will be explored and examined in depth within your subject cluster group sessions. You will use  and develop your subject specialism teaching skills  in your teaching placement alongside your subject mentor and others.

Health and Social Care Cluster

This cluster includes a wide range of topics and levels from delivery of new T Levels in Health and Health Science to community well being programmes . Specialist pedagogy within your subject will be explored and examined in depth within your subject cluster group sessions. You will use  and develop your subject specialism teaching skills  in your teaching placement alongside your subject mentor and others.

Professional Studies

  • Understand and apply theory and research on how young people and adults learn and develop
  • Explore a range of learning and teaching styles and learning environments.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning

Teaching Experience

  • Learn and develop with 100+ days placement in our diverse network of post-14 school placement. Experience at least 2 settings
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner   
  • Enjoy great employment prospects; our support takes you from trainee to qualified teacher with opportunities to progress to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) via the Society for Education and Training
  • Prepare for progress with your Masters with 60 credits at Level 7 and experience of a research active culture
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The PGCE in Further Education Programme enables you to become a research-informed, reflective and professionally confident practitioner. The course is designed to support trainees of varying experiences, needs and backgrounds.  Teaching brings together the different strands of collaborative learning with peers, mentors and university tutors to support learning and development in professional studies and subject specialist contexts.

You are supported to reflect on your learning within theoretical frameworks and develop assignments and an electronic portfolio of evidence for assessment. This model enables you to effectively acquire the knowledge and skills needed to teach within your subject specialism and meet the sector’s Professional Standards.

Approaches to learning are reflective, experiential and participatory and include university taught and tutorial sessions and teaching practice mentoring and observation activities.

Teaching

University taught sessions include interactive workshops, seminars and lectures.

Seminars enable discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and activities.

Teaching practice is supported by mentoring and observation processes. Mentoring provides one to one discussion and action planning with a focus on subject specialism pedagogy. Observations include formal and informal opportunities for feedback and dialogue to support professional development. As a result of observation processes, targets (mapped to Professional Standards) are set and monitored. This supports your development of practice.

Throughout the course, the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), Blackboard, and e-portfolio system, Pebblepad, are used to provide the following:

Access to tasks and resources; support teaching practice, progress tracking; personal critical reflection and facilitate peer discussion throughout the course.

Contact time

Contact time is based on the Education and Training Foundation guidance of 1200 hours of course learning. This guideline is followed by all HEI providers offering this course.

Your time will be spent on average 3 days a week on teaching placement. University learning time is scheduled for 2 days a week on average and you will be either attending taught subjects or completing self-directed study during this time.

Independent self-study

In addition to contact time, you are expected to undertake around 8 hours  of personal self-study per week. Typically this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on teaching preparation and evaluation of teaching practice, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments, presentations and collaborative tasks.

Duration

1 year full time – on average 2 days at university and 3 days at placement and additional self-study

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team who have expertise and knowledge of teaching and learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector. All tutors are experienced teachers and many have worked in research and management roles within the sector and hold Fellowship of the HEA. The expertise of university tutors is extensive, and informed by recent and relevant pedagogical research. Many tutors have academic writing profiles having engaged in published research. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of formative tasks. Formative tasks will generate content that can be used in formal, end of module assessment.

Assessment methods include presentations, observation and critically reflective writing tasks which reference reading. 

Formal course assessment comprises 2 assignments and a professional portfolio 

The programme aims to train you to meet the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in FE and Skills. Two assignments provide the opportunity to gain 60 credits at Master’s level. The course is an holistic model with frequent re-visiting of themes, topics and skills. 

The modules are: 

Module 1: Learning Teaching and Assessment in Further Education and Skills 

This module covers taught sessions in Semester 1 and culminates in Assignment 1 which is submitted towards the end of Semester 1 and is assessed at Master’s Level 

Module 2: Curriculum, research-informed practice and professionalism in FE and Skills 

This module focuses on practice, research and professional experience in the later part of the course and develops skills you will need to be a research- informed practitioner. The module culminates in the submission of Assignment 2 which is submitted in the later part of Semester 2 and is assessed at Master’s level.

Professional Portfolio to evidence progress against the Professional Standards

This portfolio focuses on evidence of your teaching practice.

The course is assessed as pass or fail and you need to pass all three components to successfully complete the course. You need to pass all three components to successfully complete the course.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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Jane Sisk

Jane is a Senior Lecturer in Education with a focus on Post Compulsory Education. Most recently she has worked in a large FE college in the role of Teaching and Learning Coordinator with a focus on the development and delivery of the new Diploma in Education and Training (DET) qualifications, delivering CPD and coaching programmes and coordinating the Colleges VLE development.

Prior to this Jane led an FE/HE consortium project after a successful bid for funding through the JISC Exchange for Learning Programme (2002- 2006). The project resulted in the digital learning content in a range of curriculum areas which are available to the FE/HE community on the Jorum website.

She was the winner of the 2003 TES sponsored BECTa ICT in Practice Post 16 Teaching Award.

Most recently, Jane focused on development of e-portfolios for trainee teachers in the Post-compulsory sector.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Career planning is a key focus of the course and is supported through tutorial activity, individual career planning, networking events and generic career sessions.

Course qualifications provides opportunities to gain teaching employment in a wide variety of settings, depending on your teaching subject and level. Additionally, you will be able to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status through the Education and Training Foundation’s. The model for this mirrors our course assessment model.

You will be able to progress to further Level 7 qualifications depending on you aspirations. Employment levels for recently qualified Education and Trainee teachers are above 90% (UW, 17-18).

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £13,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of placements and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.

You will also need to pay for an enhanced DBS check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Teacher training funding

You may be able to get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled.

How to apply