Our programme offers work-place related higher education qualifications for those interested in pursuing a career in education and training. The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training (PGCE) consists of 150 credits at level 6.
The programme and courses have been written to take into account guidance and requirements of current initial teacher education (ITE) reforms, Ofsted and organisational policies. The courses are designed to develop reflective and competent practitioners who actively and effectively contribute to promoting positive and inclusive learning experiences for their learners. Modules incorporate reflective practice, not only in relation to teaching but also to the students' own functional skills. The breadth of modules offered underpins the variety of skills and knowledge required to fulfil the roles and responsibilities of those working within the sector. This provides an enriched programme which addresses the market demand of NESCOT's applicants. Feedback from existing students and enquiries made to the centre has informed the development of the programme: It focuses heavily on classroom practice throughout, as well as considering the wider perspective of working within the sector. Significant importance is attached to work-based learning and assessment.
Throughout, the programmes seek to develop students' analytical, reflective, synthesis and evaluative skills. There are assessed PDP (Personal Development Planning) modules. Within these, students will develop their ability to self-evaluate and identify development needs; negotiate and review targets relating to both their academic and teaching skills; examine personal values, beliefs and attitudes; and explore the concept of professionalism. Students will have the opportunity to focus on their subject specialism. The resources, action research and curriculum development modules all provide vehicles for this activity. Full-time placements can be arranged at NESCOT within the following departments: Preparation for Life and Work, English, Mathematics, Computing & IT, Sport, Animal care, Media, Early Years, Childcare and Health and Social Care. The action research module, in particular, will also provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate independence in following lines of enquiry and applying active research skills.
The aims of the programme are:
- To provide an initial teaching qualification for those working in a full teaching role within education and training
- To enable students to critically and systematically analyse educational concepts, theories and policies in relation to their subject specialism and teaching context
- To enable students to identify, implement and evaluate principles of planning, delivering, assessing and evaluating teaching and learning in order to become competent practitioners
- To develop an awareness of professional roles and responsibilities within their teaching and wider professional context
- To develop research and critically reflective skills in order to analyse and develop their own practice and, subsequently, participate in CPD activities
- To enable students to investigate the role, needs and expectations of stakeholders with a vested interest in education and training
- To enable students to evaluate the impact of personal and organisational values, beliefs and attitudes on professional practice
- To develop study and academic skills, with an opportunity for Cert Ed and/or FD achievers to progress onto a first degree.