About the course
Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Training (Level 7) Full time.
This course meets the qualification requirements for QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills) status and is 120 Credits at Level 7. Those who wish to teach Literacy, ESOL, and Numeracy can also achieve a Specialist Diploma in their subject.
You will be able to gain QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills) status once you have passed your PG Dip. This is awarded by the Society for Education and Training (SET).
This professional course is for those who wish to teach 14-19 year olds and adults in Further and Higher education settings. You will undertake academic modules to provide you with the knowledge and skills required and work alongside a mentor and other colleagues to develop as a highly skilled professional.
The full-time route starts with an intensive month long block of study after which you will normally be expected to attend formal taught sessions on one or two evenings per week. You will also need to be available for at least three days per week for teaching practice. This course is offered with the following pathways:
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Theories that Underpin Teaching and Learning
Subject Specialist Pedagogy*
Designing and Developing Curriculum
Developing Professional Practice.
If you are taking a specialism in ESOL, Literacy or Numeracy you will study two specialist modules instead of the starred modules.
The overall aim of the selection procedure is to explore your potential to be an excellent teacher.
Interviews are held as part of group sessions at which you will be asked to undertake a number of tasks: an interview, a micro-teach and a written task.
There will be a group introduction at which you will be given a brief outline of the course and of your expected commitment in terms of attendance, professional behaviour and information about school placements.
• You will have an individual interview with a tutor, lasting about 30 minutes, to assess your strengths, suitability for the course and for teaching.
• Your micro-teach will be to a tutor and a small group of other candidates. You are asked to bring an object and to teach for 4 to 5 minutes, telling us how and why you would use your object to stimulate learning. You should cover how you would use the resource to support learning and teaching, and what learning outcomes you might expect. We want to see how you will actively engage the learner.
• The written task is a short comprehension task in Standard English to evaluate your ability to communicate in writing.
How school placements work
Placement will vary according to your chosen specialist subject. You will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced lecturers, and you will also have a mentor who will provide you with advice and support. Placements will be negotiated with the placement employer, but you would normally be expected to be available for up to three days per week for teaching practice, in addition to your academic study time. Offers will only be made if a suitable placement can be found.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
- an Honours degree
- at least a Level 3 qualification in the subject you want to teach
- GCSEs in English and Mathematics or a level 2 equivalent, although you can achieve the Mathematics qualification during the course.
If you wish to teach Literacy, Numeracy or ESOL you must have at least a Level 3 qualification in that subject area. You will be interviewed to assess your suitability for a teaching role and assessed for your suitability to study at Masters Level.
Some subject specialisms require at least five years' work experience, e.g. Law, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy.
• A passion to work in a challenging and rewarding career
• A desire and ability to develop your skills
• Potential to work as a team member
• Good literacy and numeracy skills, with the ability to communicate
clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English
• ICT competence
• Knowledge of national curriculum subjects
• Awareness of contemporary education issues
A satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required for this course.
A health check is required before commencing on the course.
We have Post-secondary Education and Training (PSET) courses available as pre-service or in-service, full or part-time options, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills. If you wish to apply for this course on a part time basis then contact the college direct at:
About the training provider
As Bradford’s leading ITE provider, the School of Teacher Education at University Centre Bradford College offers a wide range of ITE programmes covering Primary, Secondary and Post-secondary (14 – Adult) teacher training, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our PGCE with QTS programmes include Primary (covering 3-7, 5-11 or 7-11 age routes) and Secondary Education in a range of subjects. We have Post-secondary Education and Training (PSET) courses available as pre-service or in-service, full or part-time options, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills. We also offer the Assessment Only route to QTS and Secondary Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.
Our students enjoy a tailored learning experience extremely well supported by a dedicated team of tutors and school/college based mentors. We work in partnership with a wide range of schools across the region, encompassing varying socio-economic backgrounds, to give trainees opportunities to practise their teaching skills and to experience the different conditions faced by school colleagues. We have a very strong tradition of producing effective practitioners grounded in educating children and adults in a multi-ethnic world, with excellent employability rates for our graduates. In our most recent Ofsted inspection (2018) we received a ‘Good’ grade for the quality of our provision.
We have dedicated Higher Education learning and social spaces with good facilities designed to enable trainees to reap the benefits of studying with peers.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Students have access to Bradford College Disability Services and Learning Support, which provides support to learners with a range of disabilities and/or learning difficulties at all college sites.
Learning Support is available to all students with a disclosed disability, or learning difficulty, provided they meet the entry requirements of their course, and can access their chosen course with the help of “reasonable adjustments” (subject to resources.)
Students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties meeting the requirements are entitled to:
(i) a Learning Support Agreement outlining the support agreed between the student and the Learning Support Tutor or Advisor at College;
(ii) their Learning Support Agreement being followed by teaching and support staff, who may need to make adjustments;
(iii) be able to speak in confidence to staff about their support needs. This information will not be passed on to other staff or external bodies without their signed consent, unless there is a risk to their safety or that of other students and staff;
(iv) a risk assessment being undertaken, where attendance on their chosen course may pose a risk to themselves or others;
(v) access arrangements in exams, and during entry tests, if appropriate evidence is produced in advanceto enable these arrangements to be provided;
(vi) a Learning Support Tutor from the Learning Support Team to oversee and review their support and whom they can contact if difficulties arise.
(vii) decline the support offered to them, unless there is a risk to their safety or that of other students and staff;
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
David Hockney Building, Great Horton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 1AY
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