The University of Wolverhampton

PGCEPost Compulsory Education

Why choose this course?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education) offers initial teacher education for those who wish to be employed in a variety of post-16 educational and training establishments 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, Forensic Science, General Science (Biology AND Physics or Chemistry), Government and Politics, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Law, Leisure and Tourism, Mathematics, Media Production (Creative Digital or TV and Film), 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.

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

POST COMPULSORY EDUCATION Frequently Asked Questions

What happens on the course?

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

20 credits

Constructing Self and Identity

20 credits

Contextualised Study

20 credits

Reflecting on Self and Identity

20 credits

Personal and Professional Development

20 credits

Politics, Policy and Practice

20 credits

You'll 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.

Why Wolverhampton?

Why become a student in the Institute of Education?

?You will be taught in our state-of-the-art teaching buildings at Walsall Campus, just a short walk from the heart of the town. Our Education and Teaching buildings are fitted with interactive whiteboards, three lecture theatres, science classrooms, as well as social learning areas and a coffee shop.

We are committed to student support, from enrolment to graduation. You will have a personal tutor to support your progression through your award.

We have strong partnerships with regional and national education organisations.

Who will teach you on this course?
All of the staff that teach you on this course have experience within the feild having worked in Further Education and now work in teacher education. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, as they all actively engage in research.

The Institute of Education at the University of Wolverhampton has a strong focus on research and the part it plays in your study experience. All our lecturers are research active (see our profiles on the University web pages) and working on latest developments.

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What our students think

Career path

The PGCE Teachers of English/Literacy provides a clear pathway towards a full teaching qualification. Many of our participants go on to successful careers in colleges, sixth forms and adult education colleges. Our qualifications are also widely accepted in adult education centres, the prison service and commercial training organisations throughout the private sector of the economy.

  • A current shortage of qualified lecturers points towards jobs for suitable candidates nationally.
  • Further Education teaching ranges from Skills for Life to Higher National Diplomas and Foundation Degrees

Qualifying as a Post Compulsory Teacher allows you to teach in areas such as:

  • Sixth Forms
  • Further Education (e.g. Colleges)
  • Adult and Community Learning institutions (e.g. Local Council provision)
  • Adult Training and Education in industry and commerce
  • Higher Education
  • Adult Training in public sector services such as the NHS, the police, and social services.
  • Academies.

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

Find out more about further research study that can be taken after completing this Masters award.

What skills will you gain?

The course learning outcomes are:

1. Knowledge and understanding
2. Practical, professional and research skills
3. Intellectual skills
4. Postgraduate generic skills

Who accredits this course?

All of the University’s Post Compulsory Education awards adhere to the current standards and assessment criteria and provide you with the qualifications required to teach in post compulsory education.

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 the subject you wish to teach.
  • GCSE Maths and English grade 4/C or above, or equivalent. Or you could take a computer-based Key Skills Level 2 Numeracy and Literacy equivalency test at the University Walsall Campus. A charge will be introduced as follows: £40 for one test or £60 for two tests. Candidates should bring cash with them on the day of the test.

You will be required to provide evidence of your original qualifications.

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. Please view information regarding interview preparation.

POST COMPULSORY EDUCATION Frequently Asked Questions

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Fees at Partner Colleges are not yet available.

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