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Level 5 PGCE (Pre-service)

This programme is designed for those intending to teach in further, higher and adult education and training. It assumes no previous teaching experience. If you are interested in teaching young people (14 - 19 year olds) or adults this course enables you to develop teaching skills, reflect on current ideas about education and training and to explore the professional educational and training opportunities open to you.

These courses offer a Pre-Service (i.e. for those not already teaching) programme to develop the appropriate skills for designing and delivering learning, assessing student progress and evaluating course quality.

These courses lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for those teaching in appropriate contexts. They do not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for those intending to teach in schools. However, since 1 April 2012, further education teachers who have been awarded QTLS by the Institute for Learning (IfL) and are members of the IfL are recognised as qualified teachers in schools. This will allow them to be appointed to permanent posts in state maintained schools in England and they will be paid on the qualified teachers' pay scale. It will for the schools and local authorities to decide whether a teacher with QTLS is suited for a post and to teach a particular subject (Dept for Education, 2012).

Students will develop academic knowledge and its application to teaching practice in a variety of contexts. The course aims to produce teachers who are flexible and innovative and who can work as members of interdisciplinary teams and who have a deep interest in the academic and pastoral well being of their students.
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Duration of Course:

1 Year

Entry requirements:

The minimum qualification you need to gain entry to the course is at Level 3 or 4 in the subject(s) that you intend to teach. Normally, the qualification you need to teach your subjects would meet these requirements. Those wishing to enter the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education route must hold a UK first degree (or equivalent). All applicants will need a work placement to gain practical teaching experience; the course team will endeavour to find an appropriate placement for applicants subject to availability.

In total you will be required to log a minimum of 100 hours of teaching experience during the course. You will also need to have completed an appropriate Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. Successful applicants will be required to complete the CRB Disclosure Application form prior to the commencement of the course.

International Students also require an IELTS score of 6.0 in all areas or a B2 equivalent English Language qualification

What you will learn:

*These courses are not subject to UCAS application
  • Planning to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (15 credits at Level 4*)
  • Theories and Principles of Learning & Teaching (15 credits at Level 4*)
  • Developing Specialist Skills (15 credits at Level 4*)
  • Assessment for Learning (15 credits at Level 5*)
  • Wider Professional Practice (15 credits at Level 5*)
  • Continuing Personal and Professional Development (15 credits at Level 5*)
  • Developing Specialist Professional Skills (15 credits at Level 5*)
  • Curriculum Development for Inclusive Practice (15 credits at Level 5*)
* PGCE students will undertake all modules at Level 6

Learning and teaching methods

Methods of learning and teaching are designed to support students in becoming active members of a learning community.

Students will be expected to work together in an informal environment as well as in formal classes where a culture of dignity, courtesy and mutual respect with staff and their peers is essential. A variety of methods will be used such as lectures, seminars and practical sessions.


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Equal Opportunities

The Grimsby Instutute Group guarantees that it will deal fairly and effectively with all students, staff and visitors and offer equality of opportunity on the basis of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

Students have the right to expect that this will apply to them without prejudice or discrimination and that they also have the obligation to deal fairly and effectively with other students and staff regardless of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

The Grimsby Institute Group will endeavour to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and additional duties, which requires public bodies to make every effort to support persons with disability.

Course was last updated on 6/11/2013