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Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) - In-Service Option

Teacher Training

Key Facts

Level:
Level 4
Location:
Wakefield City Campus, ASIC Building
Start Date:
September, 2021
Duration:
2 Years
Mode of Study:
Part-time
Awarding Body:
How to Apply:

You can apply directly to us for a part-time course, please download our Higher Education Application Form, complete the application form and return it to:-

Higher Education Office,
Wakefield College,
Margaret Street,
Wakefield WF1 2DH

Or you can email it to a.cawtheray@wakefield.ac.uk.

Overview

The Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) are professional qualifications for people teaching in further education colleges, adult education and a wide range of other training and educational settings in the lifelong learning sector. If you are currently teaching young people or adults these courses help you to develop your teaching skills, reflect on current ideas about education and training, and to explore creatively the professional opportunities open to you.

There are two awards available:

  • Graduates normally work towards a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), or, if appropriate a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma with some modules at Master level. 
  • Those with other appropriate qualifications may work towards a Certificate in Education (CertEd). The structure of the programme is the same for both routes and participants on each work together for much of the course.
Course Features

Course Structure

Both qualifications are structured around four 30 credit modules (two in each year) which are based on different aspects of teachers’ work such as designing learning materials, assessing students, and evaluating learning and teaching. You will study four modules as part of this course. These are: 

  • Research
  • Informed Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.
  • Becoming a subject specialist tutor 
  • Being a subject specialist tutor

Both qualifications are structured around four 30 credit modules (two in each year) which are based on different aspects of teachers’ work such as designing learning materials, assessing students, and evaluating learning and teaching. You will study four modules as part of this course. These are:

  • Research
  • Informed Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
  • Becoming a subject specialist tutor 
  • Being a subject specialist tutor

Entry Requirements

You should normally be in employment as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment for a minimum of 100 hours (at least 50 hours in any one year). 

Voluntary teaching/training may be acceptable in some circumstances (please check with your local centre).

  • UK first degree or equivalent related to your specialist area • Relevant work experience in some specialist subject areas. In addition, you must also: 
  • Provide confirmation of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Provide one satisfactory reference
  • Complete a satisfactory interview
  • Identify a work-based mentor who can support you in your subject specialism If you already hold a teaching qualification at level 4 or above or have substantial knowledge and experience of teaching, you may be able to make a claim for accreditation of prior learning. The course is particularly suitable if you have work experience and/or qualifications in the industry, including business and administration, hair and beauty, health and social care, public services or construction, engineering, and many other vocational areas. We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups.

Fees & Funding

£3,680

Course Costs Included in the fees

 

Course Costs Not Included in the Fees

 

The everyday costs of studying at University Centre at Wakefield College that apply to all students include:

  • Travel: costs associated with travelling to and from campus. This could be bus or train fares, costs associated with running a car including car parking charges.
  • Consumables: folders, pads, pens.
  • Printing/photocopying: most written assignments are submitted via Turnitin but there are occasions where you may be required to submit work in a printed format e.g. dissertation. There are on campus printing/photocopy facilities across college and binding and additional services in the college library.
  • Subsistence: the campus has food outlets where students can purchase meals, drinks and snacks. Water dispensers are available around the campus for students to refill reusable bottles at no cost.
Bursaries and scholarships

 

Other Financial Support

 

Careers

Within the education sector there are plenty of alternatives to teaching - no matter where your talents and preferences lie, there are opportunities for everyone

Jobs in Education

The PCET course was essential for a career in teaching bricklaying. It was a daunting prospect at the start, having come from the Construction industry into teaching, but the course tutors put me at ease and nurtured me in theory and practice. I have gained my knowledge through both theory and practice lessons.

Ian Day
Cert Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) - In-Service Option