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An award of the University of Huddersfield.

For the full-time PGCE, applicants should apply via UCAS Teacher Training
For the full-time CertEd, applicants should apply via UCAS Undergraduate

You know that you have precious knowledge; all you need are the skills and qualifications required to make your contribution. This is where we come in. This is a full-time pre-service teacher training course leading to a professional qualification for teaching in Further Education colleges, Sixth Form, adult education and a wide range of other training and educational settings.
This course also provides a route to teaching in schools via Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS), the full professional status for teachers in Lifelong Learning (Education and Training). Since 2012 holders of QTLS have been recognised as qualified to teach in secondary schools. The course is also accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and creates a direct route to Fellowship for candidates teaching at Level 4 or above.

This course will benefit you because:

  • York College and the Education Division are officially Outstanding (Ofsted 2013/2014)
  • You can gain a University accredited qualification and follow this up with a professional award – QTLS or recognition by the Higher Education Academy
  • Employment prospects are excellent
  • Placements are rich and varied and genuinely develop your skills in a range of environments
  • The course is designed and managed in partnership with the University of Huddersfield, second in the Guardian league tables for Education five years running from 2011 to 2015

We aim to equip you with the:

  • Confidence and practical skills necessary to manage a variety of learning situations
  • Knowledge and understanding needed to appreciate the place of your skills in the general context of the lifelong learning sector
  • Ability to identify your present and future needs for professional development
  • Ability to play a full part in the administrative and curriculum development activities of colleges or training organisations

More generally, we aim to produce teachers who are flexible and innovative, who can work as members of interdisciplinary teams and who have a deep interest in the academic and pastoral well-being of their students.

Duration and Attendance

This full-time course is normally completed in one year. You will spend two days per week with the Education and Training team and three days per week on placement within your chosen subject department.

Entry Requirements

  • Certificate in Education applicants

You should have a qualification at National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 3 or above in the area that you teach (for example, A-Levels, HNC, HND, CGLI advanced,
NVQ Level 3-4), and relevant work experience.

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education applicants

You should hold a degree or equivalent and relevant work experience where appropriate to the subject. You should also hold a qualification at NVQ/QCF Level 3 or above in the subject area you teach in if this is different from that of your degree.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education applicants

You should hold a degree equivalent and relevant work experience where appropriate to the subject. You should also hold a qualification at NVQ/QCF Level 3 or above in the subject area you teach in if this is different from that of your degree.

Why Choose York College?

There are a number of reasons for choosing York College to study your teacher-training course. We have a practice based model where the majority of your time is spent with your subject team. Trainees are also fully embedded into the life of the college meaning they can adapt as quickly as possible and learn vital skills. We also offer great opportunities to develop your skills in a second subject area and teaching opportunities are available to work within a large FE college environment, from entry to degree level.

Further information

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly Criminal Records Bureau) clearance checks

Learning and teaching organisations normally include young and vulnerable people and it is therefore important that screening is undertaken to help ensure a safe environment. The college is responsible for ensuring that you are a fit and proper person to undertake this training and as part of the application process you will need to undertake a DBS check. There is a standard fee which must be paid by the applicant (£44 at October 2014). The college may also undertake a health check.

Evidence of qualifications

You must provide evidence of your qualifications. Photocopies are not acceptable. Please bring your original certificates to interview.

Programme Content

Much of the course is focused on practical teaching. Through your placement, you gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals, with support from tutors and your mentor. Practical experience allows you to gain competence in planning teaching and learning, and in working with learners both in formal classrooms and in student-centred learning situations, such as drop-in study centres.

During the course you undertake project work, such as developing new course materials. Academic work includes critically examining creativity in teaching, subject specialist related studies, quality assurance and professional issues. Modules also allow you to explore particular areas of interest.
You will study four modules as part of this course. These are:

  • Teaching Learning and Assessment

This module develops an understanding of how people learn in post-compulsory education and training and of the role of assessment. You will be assessed on an assignment in two parts (coursework together worth 100% of the module). For the first part, you will plan, prepare, deliver and reflect on a learning session contextualised within your own role in the Lifelong Learning sector. You will also write a critical account investigating the learning needs of specified learners and discussing how you have planned, enabled and assessed their learning.

  • Personal and Professional Development

This module is designed to help you to learn how to identify and respond to learners’ needs with suitable teaching, learning and assessment strategies. You will engage in personal and professional development planning and, through two pieces of coursework, together worth 100% of the module marks, develop your practice. The first task, a Teaching Practitioner File, will include a Personal Development Plan, observations of your teaching and a structured, reflective journal; and the second task, a reflective Personal Skills Presentation, may take the form of your choice.

  • Teaching a Specialist Subject

This module is designed to help you to develop more advanced strategies and methods for promoting learning; as well as to sharpen the focus on your specialist area. You will be assessed on coursework in two parts; firstly, through the submission of a Specialist Practitioner File comprising four specified elements. You will also be required to attend the Specialist Conference at the University of Huddersfield. Details of the Conference will be provided once you start the course.

  • Understanding Curriculum and Professional Issues

This module will develop your understanding of the concept of curriculum and the influences that shape it. Through two pieces of written coursework, together worth 100% of the module marks, you will discuss curriculum theories, relating them to your own professional role while evaluating a specific curriculum; and review the debate on professionalism in education and its impact on the teacher or trainer.

  • Assessment Methods

There will be continuous assessment which will include assignments and personal development portfolios. Teaching observations form an essential element in the assessment.

Where the Programme Leads

On successful completion of the full course you will be awarded a Certificate in Education or, if you already have a degree, Professional Graduate or Postgraduate Certificate in Education. As a qualified teacher there are opportunities for teaching your subject area in a wide range of settings nationwide. Credit points for each module may be used in the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme to progress to higher level courses such as a BA in Education and Professional Development or a Master’s Degree.

How much will it cost?

  Fee 2017/18 (starts) Fee 2018/19 (starts)
Full time £6165 £7200

How to Apply

For the full-time PGCE, applicants should apply via UCAS Teacher Training
For the full-time CertEd, applicants should apply via UCAS Undergraduate

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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