Lifelong Learning (Pre-Service) with The University of Huddersfield

Course offered
PGCE full time
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) is recognised internationally. This course does not lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.hud.ac.uk

About the course

If you’re looking to progress into a career teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, including sixth form and further education colleges, adult education and a wide range of other training and educational settings, then this course could be ideal for you. We welcome applicants with industrial skills and/or relevant academic qualifications and a passion for teaching and training others.

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.

The course gives you the opportunity to concentrate on your own subject area, in addition to your subject specialism you may be required to embed core subjects including English, Maths, Digital Literacies and SEND into your teaching and Learning.

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.

A significant amount of your learning takes place whilst on placement within our partnership institutions. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and to be mentored to help you develop into a successful and effective teacher.

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:

This course is available at the University of Huddersfield (taught jointly with students on the CertEd qualification) and is also available through the [Education and Training Consortium} (http://consortium.hud.ac.uk/centres/).

Interview process

You will be shortlisted for interview based on your application. You’ll normally be interviewed alongside a small group of other applicants, by specialist tutors from the programme.

After a briefing about the course, you’ll be required to complete a series of tasks to assess your suitability to teach. These activities may include group work, a short presentation and a written task.

Adjustments can be made to the interview process to ensure equality of opportunity.

How school placements work

As well as studying at the University, you’ll learn the practical skills of teaching through a placement in an appropriate educational institution.

Previous trainees have been placed in a range of institutions including colleges, work-based learning providers and in offender and community learning settings. You’ll complete at least 100 hours of teaching in total on placement.

Your placements could be based in areas some distance from your point of study, so please be aware of potential associated travelling costs.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

You can apply for a tuition fee loan as part of your application to Student Finance England for loans and grants. Student Finance England will pay your fees direct to the University.

You don’t have to pay the loan back while you study. It will only be repayable when you have left the course and earn over £25,000 a year.

When you enrol we will ask you who will be paying for your fees and whether you have requested a loan. If you have not taken the loan, we will send you an invoice for the fees, which will require payment in full during the relevant academic year.

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.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

No prior teaching experience is needed. The course is particularly suitable if you have relevant qualifications and some experience in your industry and/or subject specialism.

  • UK degree (normally 2:2 or above) or equivalent related to your specialist area
  • Relevant work experience in some specialist subject areas

Personal qualities

We need to know that you have the potential to complete the course successfully and gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training.

You’ll be required to demonstrate your commitment to teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector both in your application and during your interview.

We’re committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation. We aim to ensure that course participants are representative of the diverse society in which we live.

Other requirements

In addition you must also:

  • provide Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances
  • provide two satisfactory references
  • complete a satisfactory interview

About the training provider

The University of Huddersfield has an impressive track record of producing highly skilled teachers for the early years, primary, secondary and lifelong learning (post-14) sectors. In fact, we’ve been developing great teachers since 1947 and today we train over 1,500 teachers together with our local and national partners. So if you’re looking to pursue a career in teaching then we could be the perfect choice.

We operate strong and credible partnerships with local and national education providers, including leading The Education and Training Consortium consisting of 21 regional partners. Together our academics, researchers and partners within schools and colleges work to ensure our trainees are able to equip themselves with the most relevant and up to date skills needed within the workplace.

By choosing to study with the University of Huddersfield, you’ll join an inspiring, passionate and committed community focused on making your studies as enjoyable, rewarding and productive as possible. We look forward to welcoming you.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our Wellbeing and Disability Service works with students with a range of disabilities and long-term conditions that have a significant impact on their ability to study. This includes specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, mobility or physical disabilities or conditions, hearing impairments, visual impairments, social communication difficulties such as autistic spectrum conditions or mental health issues.

Our main aim is to work alongside you to get the right support in place at the right time as we believe that nothing should stop you achieving what you're capable of. For more information please email disability@hud.ac.uk.

Contact details

Email
sepd@hud.ac.uk
Telephone
01484 478249
Website
http://www.hud.ac.uk
Address
Queensgate
Huddersfield
Kirklees
HD1 3DH

Apply

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: H60
  • Training programme code: X371

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
Main Site Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH

Advice and support

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