Lifelong Learning PGCE in-service (University of Huddersfield) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:26:00 GMT

About the course

If you're already working as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment within the education and training sector (former post-16 sector) and looking to progress your career, then this course may be for you.

Upon successful completion of this course, you'll be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

On this course you'll have the opportunity to develop the skills to play a full part in teaching and curriculum development.The course allows you to focus on your particular subject specialist area and a significant amount of your learning happens in your place of work – allowing you to put theory into practice.

You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teacher educators; in fact we've been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide for Education for the sixth year running.The University of Huddersfield is also one of only nine designated Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training in the Lifelong Learning Sector, which means you'll be able to study at any one of our consortium centres. You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network, which feeds directly into course design and delivery, and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

Please note: You'll be required to confirm your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to undertake this study programme.


Start date:
16 / 09 / 2017

Duration:

2 years part-time

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 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances

• provide two satisfactory references

• 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 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.

If you study at the university centre, you'll normally be offered a place on the Postgraduate Certificate in Education or the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Advanced PGCE in Lifelong Learning).

Alternatively, you may be considered for a place on the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.

Contact:

Course Enquiries


Tel: +44 (0) 1484 478249

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For enquiries at other centres of The Education and Training Consortium please contact individual colleges.

Places available:

This course is available at the University of Huddersfield and through The Education and Training Consortium at approximately 21 centres.

(this number may be subject to change)

Location:
Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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Course content

On this course you'll have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding needed to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, and the ability to identify your ongoing needs for professional development. The course helps to prepare you for playing a full part in the teaching, administrative, and curriculum development activities in colleges and in other education and training organisations.

Depending upon the award you are taking, you'll study the following core modules:

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module helps you to develop an understanding of how people learn and of the role of assessment. You’ll typically be assessed via an assignment where you’ll plan, prepare, deliver and reflect on a learning session and 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 learn how to identify and respond to learners’ needs with suitable teaching, learning and assessment strategies. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in personal and professional development planning and develop your practice. Assessment is typically via coursework.


Studies in Teaching a Specialist Subject

This module gives you the opportunity to build on both generic and subject specialist developments that will enhance teaching for students. The module is supported through practical teaching experience, evaluation and feedback. Assessment is typically via the development of a teaching file and conference paper.


Studies in Curriculum and Professional Issues

This module seeks to develop your understanding of curriculum theory and issues relating to professionalism in the Lifelong Learning Sector. You'll have the opportunity to explore curriculum theory and evaluation processes, draw on evidence and propose possible improvements. Assessment is typically via the development of a study, reflective practice and participation in discussions and debates.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module helps you to develop an understanding of how people learn and of the role of assessment. You’ll typically be assessed via an assignment where you’ll plan, prepare, deliver and reflect on a learning session and 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 learn how to identify and respond to learners’ needs with suitable teaching, learning and assessment strategies. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in personal and professional development planning and develop your practice. Assessment is typically via coursework.


Advanced Studies in Teaching a Specialist Subject

This module builds on previous generic and subject specialist development. You'll have the opportunity to develop more advanced strategies and methods for promoting learning and a sharper focus on specific specialist areas and the critical analysis of their pedagogy. You'll be supported to reflect critically on, and evaluate, teaching and learning; by recognising particular curriculum and professional challenges; and by developing critical responses to these concerns in sophisticated, innovative and creative ways. Key learning activities of the module are practical teaching experience and the engagement with other specialists through collaborative practice.


Advanced Studies in Curriculum and Professional Issues

The module provides an opportunity for you to develop a critical understanding of curriculum concepts, policies and influences and to critically engage with policies and issues relating to professionalism in post-compulsory education and training. You’ll be able to discuss the concept of curriculum and the influences that shape it, including national policies, local needs and organisational requirements. You’ll have the opportunity to consider curriculum theories, development and evaluation, and to examine conceptions of professionalism, professional values and ethics, and codes of conduct. You’ll be able to analyse and debate models of reflective practice and relate them to professionalism, developing critical perspectives on the curriculum and professionalism. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss aspects of quality assurance in the sector and relate them to the wider professional role of teachers and trainers. The module is typically assessed through case studies and written assignments.

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Advanced PGCE)

Principles of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module helps you to develop a critical understanding of how people learn in post-compulsory education and training and of the role of assessment in enabling learning and achievement. It allows you to examine theories and principles of learning and assessment and develops the ability to apply theory to design effective learning and assessment strategies and materials. It helps develop positive approaches to group and individual learner management and promotes an inclusive approach to teaching, learning and assessment. It introduces the role of key transferable skills and the ways in which people learn language, literacy and numeracy skills.


Teaching and Researching in Lifelong Learning

The module provides an opportunity for students to develop their ability to enable learning, supported by development of wider professional knowledge and academic skills in a professional context. You’ll be supported to develop an understanding of research methods in education and critically evaluate knowledge gained through educational research. You’ll have the opportunity to synthesise a range of theoretical perspectives and research findings to identify and respond to learners’ needs, selecting and evaluating suitable teaching, learning and assessment strategies. You’ll also be supported to engage in personal and professional development planning, including targets for teaching skills, professional knowledge and academic development.


Advanced Studies in Teaching a Specialist Subject

This module builds on previous generic and subject specialist development. You'll have the opportunity to develop more advanced strategies and methods for promoting learning and a sharper focus on specific specialist areas and the critical analysis of their pedagogy. You'll be supported to reflect critically on, and evaluate, teaching and learning; by recognising particular curriculum and professional challenges; and by developing critical responses to these concerns in sophisticated, innovative and creative ways. Key learning activities of the module are practical teaching experience and the engagement with other specialists through collaborative practice.


Advanced Studies in Curriculum and Professional Issues

The module provides an opportunity for you to develop a critical understanding of curriculum concepts, policies and influences and to critically engage with policies and issues relating to professionalism in post-compulsory education and training. You’ll be able to discuss the concept of curriculum and the influences that shape it, including national policies, local needs and organisational requirements. You’ll have the opportunity to consider curriculum theories, development and evaluation, and to examine conceptions of professionalism, professional values and ethics, and codes of conduct. You’ll be able to analyse and debate models of reflective practice and relate them to professionalism, developing critical perspectives on the curriculum and professionalism. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss aspects of quality assurance in the sector and relate them to the wider professional role of teachers and trainers. The module is typically assessed through case studies and written assignments.

As part of the course, you'll complete a subject specialist module. This currently requires two days of attendance at the University in year two. You'll be informed of the exact dates during the first year of the course.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This course seeks to prepare you for your teaching role in the Lifelong Learning Sector, which may be as a lecturer in a college of further education.Former trainees have also successfully progressed into a wide range of training and teaching roles within the sector.*

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Professional links and accreditations

Upon successful completion of this course, you'll be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

Teaching and assessment

The focus of this course is on practical teaching. You'll have the opportunity to gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals with support from tutors and work-based mentors. You'll be supported to develop the necessary skills to become an outstanding teacher. You'll be taught through a wide range of teaching and learning methods and you'll have a personal tutor who'll be assigned to you throughout your studies to support your ongoing development. There's a wide range of assessment activity including the creation of resources to support learning, seminars, lectures and presentations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy*.

  • permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Who will teach me?

Some of our teaching staff who may teach you on this course at the University of Huddersfield include:

Dr Martyn Walker, Course Leader

Debs Philip

Cheryl Reynolds

Dr Ian Rushton

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield for this course will be £3,475. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Please note:

•  Fees and finance may vary if you're studying at one of at other centres of The Education and Training Consortium. Please contact individual colleges for further details.

•  The Subject Specialist Conference is a compulsory module delivered at the University of Huddersfield.If you are studying at one of our Consortium Centres then you will be required to cover the cost of travel to complete this module.

Other information

Study Fairs For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at one of our Postgraduate Study Fairs

Further study

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Advanced PGCE in Lifelong Learning) may lead to direct progression to the Teaching in Lifelong Learning (Top-up) MA, which requires you to complete a 60 credit dissertation module to gain a full master's qualification.

Other master's programmes which may be of interest include:

Early Childhood Studies MA

Education MA Leadership in Education and Public Services MA

Learning and Development Management MA

Action Research for Education MA

Accreditation of prior learning based on the master's level credit acquired in the PGCE may be possible for these routes.

Upon successful completion of masters level study, previous students have continued onto doctoral level study. We offer a professional doctorate, the Doctor of Education EdD which includes a first taught year in research methods and the more traditional PhD.

International

If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen and want to join us.

You can apply online.

If you have any problems with this, please e-mail sepd@hud.ac.uk or phone 01484 478249.

It doesn't matter which college you wish to study with, you can apply using the link above.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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