The University of Wolverhampton

PGCEPost Compulsory Education

Why choose this course?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education) is a one year course that is undertaken by pre-service teachers, wishing to enter the profession. 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).

The 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.

Generally we would be looking for applicants who have relevant degrees and would like to teach:

Applied Science, Art and Design, Business Studies, Construction, Chemistry, Design, English, ESOL, Engineering, Early Childhood Studies, Forensic Science, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, ICT, Law, Mathematics, Manufacturing, Media Production, Media Studies, Music Technology, Multimedia, Performing Arts, Photography, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Sports Exercise Science, Sports Studies, Travel and Tourism and Uniformed and Public Services.

The course 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 QTLS status once registered with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). It is not therefore 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.

What happens on the course?

  • Academic underpinning knowledge regarding teaching and learning.
  • Exploration of education theories and current policy contexts.
  • 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?

The PGCE Post Compulsory Education 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.

We have a state of the art Education and Teaching Building with teaching rooms fitted with interactive whiteboards, three lecture theatres, science classrooms, as well as social learning areas and a coffee shop.

Career path

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

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.

You should normally possess a 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification in the subject you wish to teach. Vocational experience within the subject area is highly valued and taken into consideration during the selection process.

We also 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.

We also require GCSE Maths and English Grade C or equivalent - or you could take a computer-based Key Skills Level 2 Numeracy and Literacy equivalency test. A charge will be introduced as follows:

  • £40 for one test
  • £60 for two tests
  • £80 for three tests
  • £40 per re-sit.

Candidates should bring cash with them on the day of the test.

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Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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