Professional Certificate in Post-Compulsory Education and Training PCET In-service // Undergraduate
The Professional Certificate in Education (PCET) is a teacher education programme that will qualify you to teach in the Education and Skills sector.
Are you employed or working in a voluntary capacity in the post-compulsory education and training sector in FE Colleges, Training Agencies or the Public Sector? This course also prepares you to register 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.
The course equips you to educate learners over the age of 14 including adults, sharing your knowledge and helping others fulfil their potential. You may be teaching apprentices, trainees or students in further education and sixth form colleges. This is a valuable opportunity to gain a recognised University qualification as you improve your teaching skills. You will be supported by a mentor in your subject specialist area.
QTLS is relevant to vocational training, adult education and teaching in further education and sixth form colleges.
The course mixes taught elements with practical teaching and professional development.
Modules on this course include:
Compulsory Core 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)
- Practical Teaching and Professional Development (total of 40 Credits)
Standard entry requirements include a professional qualification equivalent to NVQ 3 or above, Advanced Craft Qualification, or a Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/HND) in the subject you teach. Also, you must have evidence of achieving a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths before starting 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 also need a subject mentor to support you by carrying out observations and you must have DBS clearance. An interview is required.
Teaching and assessment
We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include classroom seminars, tutorials, directed learning and group work, as well as teaching practice workshops.
Assessment methods include assignments, seminars, presentations and observed teaching practice.
Progression and careers
By the end of the course you will have a Professional Certificate in Education (PCET) which is also equivalent to the Diploma in Education and Training. Your new qualifications will open employment prospects throughout the post-compulsory sector.
Many of our successful trainees have moved from part-time to full-time positions and temporary to permanent contracts whilst also gaining more senior posts with leadership responsibilities in the institutions in which they are employed.
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.
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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