Sheffield Hallam University
Post-16 and Further Education (XQ33)

PGCE, full time or part 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.shu.ac.uk

About the course

  • Develop and apply your knowledge and understanding of educational ideas and theories.
  • Engage with the latest developments in the Post-16 and Further Education context.
  • Complete this course to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for Post-16 and Further Education.
  • Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of Post-16 and Further Education, previously known as Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET).

This course is for anyone who is new to teaching and needs us to find them a placement, or who is already working as a teacher or trainer and wants to become qualified.

Key areas you will learn about include planning and preparing to teach, assessment for learning, teaching strategies and approaches, behaviour for learning, using technology to enhance learning and progression against the Professional Standards. After successfully completing the course, you gain either a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training, or a level 5 Professional Certificate in Education and Training. The level 7 qualification includes 60 credits at level 7 that can be used towards a masters course.

You learn through

  • assessment of practical teaching
  • presentations
  • planning and evaluation exercises
  • preparation of teaching materials
  • written assignments

Find out more on our website

Interview process

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

The selection event is a process which assesses if you're suitable for a place on the course. It's a chance to show us your knowledge about the subject and your enthusiasm for the career. Being invited to a selection event doesn't mean you're guaranteed a place on the course - the point of the day is to help us come to a mutual decision. We need to decide whether to make you an offer and you need to decide whether you like the course and the university.

We aim to make the interview process as rigorous and informative as possible. It's very much a two-way process, where you can evaluate what we offer while we find out more about you. In order to help us explore your thinking and subject knowledge, and for you to decide if this is the right course for you, we have a number of activities we usually use as part of the interview process.

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How school placements work

You will complete at least 120 hours of teaching over one year, and will be assigned a workplace/placement mentor to support you. During the course, your teaching will be observed eight times by your placement or workplace mentor. Your University tutor will carry out a joint observation with your mentor for four of these observations.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £13,500

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics, or equivalent. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English. We consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining GCSEs.

An honours degree (normally 2.2 or above).

Personal qualities

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how students learn, where possible within a post-16 setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in a post-16 setting or other educational activities.

Other requirements

In-service students must have evidence that they are already working as a teacher or tutor, will teach a minimum of 60 hours in each year of the course, and that their employer will provide a specialist mentor to support them.

You will be required to complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms

You must pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.

About the training provider

Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK's largest universities, based in the heart of Sheffield, one of the UK’s biggest student cities.

Sheffield is the fifth biggest city in the UK with over 60,000 students, it has a mix of culture and green spaces.

We have invested over £100 million in new buildings and facilities over the last five years, providing innovative, flexible and sustainable spaces to enhance student experience.

We pride ourselves on the applied nature of our courses. We offer one of the largest and most diverse range of placements in the region. We’ve built up a network of over 600 partner schools, colleges and other educational establishments, and we work together to our mutual advantage.

You will study at our centre of education that is recognised for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. Our academics, researchers and partners in schools work together to ensure you become a committed and professional graduate, with the opportunity to return to us throughout your career to further your professional development.

We received an overall student satisfaction rating of 86% in the 2018 National Student Survey. This result places us in the top 30 universities in the country for student satisfaction. We also received a Silver rating in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.

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Training with disabilities and other needs

If you have a disability, including long term medical conditions, specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and A(D)HD) and mental health conditions, you can access additional support for your academic studies whilst at Sheffield Hallam.

Students can receive support for a wide variety of conditions. There is extensive support available, including

• Learning contracts- reasonable adjustments to your course such as extensions or extra time in exams

• Support workers - like a mentor to help with organisation, or a personal assistant to help with mobility

• Equipment/Assistive Technology and software - such as digital recorders or text to speech software

We have an on-site assessment Centre, the Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre, where a range of disability specialists can carry out Study Needs Assessments.

We run daily drop in sessions - come and talk to us, no appointment needed. You can also register for support online.

Contact details

Email
admissions@shu.ac.uk
Telephone
0114 225 5555
Website
http://www.shu.ac.uk
Address
City Campus
Pond Street
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S1 1WB

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: S21
  • Training programme code: XQ33

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Yes -

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