The course is offered as a full-time programme and intended for those interested in working in the Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) sector.
The aim of the course is to equip teachers with the skills and attributes necessary for them to deliver high quality training to their learners.
The course is designed primarily for those who teach post-16 learners and is designed around a framework of Professional Standards for teaching and supporting learning in the PCET sector.
This practical work-based course provides opportunities to develop professional understanding and knowledge through academic study, practice and critical reflection on your experiences. Trainees will need to be self-motivated and self-organised and to engage in online lecturers, work-based tasks and tutorials. Trainees will also need to work with peers and develop their practice through teaching observations. Assessment is therefore a blend of critically evaluated professional practice informed by formal academic tasks. This focus on creativity and innovation in the workplace supported by research and reflection is aimed at developing trainees' careers as well as equipping them with the skills and attributes to develop high quality teaching and learning to their learners.
The course consists of one 30 level 4 credit module, one 30 level 5 credit module and two 30 level 7 credit modules. Each of these modules is delivered by using a variety of learning approaches.
Teaching, learning and assessment in PCET 30 credits (level 4)
Theories, principles and models in PCET 30 credits (level 5)
Developing teaching, learning and assessment in PCET 30 credits (level 7)
Action Research and wider professional practice in PCET 30 credits (level 7)
Successful completion of the modules will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate Education (PCET) worth 120 credits.
These credits could be used towards the full MA Education course at Staffordshire University.
The normal timeframe for completion will be one academic year. All modules will be assessed using Staffordshire University's criteria for work undertaken at levels 4, 5 and 7. All learning outcomes must be met.
Holders of the PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training can enter the MA Education at Postgraduate Diploma level and complete a full Masters in two years of part-time study.