About the course
The Post Graduate Certificate in PCET is a professional teacher education programme that will qualify you to teach in the postcompulsory education and training sector.
This course is designed to equip you with the necessary tools to teach adults and young people and give you the opportunity to share
your knowledge in a way that helps others to fulfil their potential. The course benefits from its direct link to the University of Sunderland’s
Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (SUNCETT).
The course is directly informed by both the national and international educational research and development work of the team.
This pre-service course is for people who have not necessarily had any previous experience as a teacher, but who want to make a positive difference in the Further, Adult and Vocational Education sector.
For more information please visit; (https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/study/education/postgraduate-pcet/)
You will be interviewed by a member of the PCET academic team if your application is shortlisted.
Interviews will take place from November at our Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St. Peter's.
How school placements work
Placements are an essential part of this degree. We will help to arrange a minimum of 100-hours teaching practice placement in the Learning and Skills sector, over the course of your one year of study.
Your Teaching Practice Placement will provide you with valuable opportunities to work alongside experienced teachers and to learn how to design, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning in the sector. You will be supported and guided by a Subject Specialist Mentor who will be allocated to you through the University of Sunderland’s Placement Office.
Please note that you will be expected to pay for your own travel to and from placement. When you’re ready to start searching for a teaching job, you will already have a wide network of professional contacts who can help you find the right opportunities.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You will usually need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.
You should hold a GCSE grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English.
Applicants with a foundation degree will need to supplement this with at least 60 credits at level 6 (HE level 3) in order to attain an equivalent single qualification.
You must also have:
•An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
•A completed medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)
Please note the professional QTS Skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy are not required for this course.
About the training provider
The University of Sunderland is an ambitious university with a global reach. We have 20,000 students at our four campuses worldwide – two in Sunderland on the north east coast, one in London and our newest in Hong Kong.
The University has been awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework which demonstrates our high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.
According to our most recent Ofsted report, some key strengths of our provisions are strong communication and positive relationships between the University and its partner schools, and the commitment of trainers in partnership schools to the all-round development of the trainees. Our comprehensive courses will give you the skills needed to make a real difference in educating the next generation, as well as thrive on a personal level with a rewarding career.
Education courses at the University of Sunderland give you the best career prospects in the North East (The Guardian University Guide, 2016).
With 110 years-worth of experience of training teachers we are highly regarded in the local area, with links to 230 schools and colleges.
• All our courses are accredited by the Teacher Regulation Agency (TRA ) for QTS
• World-leading research in Education, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (RE F)
Training with disabilities and other needs
We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability.
Please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries:
Tel: 0191 515 2952
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.
Durham Sixth Form Centre
The Sands, Durham DH1 1SG
The Student Gateway, Edinburgh Building, Chester Road, Sunderland SR1 3SD
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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