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Post Graduate Certificate in Education & Training

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    The Post Graduate Certificate in Post-Compulsory Education and Training is an accepted qualification necessary for gaining Qualified Teacher Status in the Learning and Skills Sector (QTLS). Offered as either a two-year part-time course or one year full-time course by Gloucestershire College under franchise from Birmingham City University.

    The course links directly to the professional standards for Education and Training (ETF). Examples of modules to be delivered are:

    EDU7217 Effective Teaching Learning and Assessment

    EDU7218 Professional Development in Teaching Practice

    EDU7219 Practice Based Enquiry

    EDU7220 Analysis of Inclusive Learning Resources


    The pattern of programme delivery includes:

    • Lectures
    • Directed study
    • Independent study
    • Research activities
    • Reading
    • Tutor observations
    • Peer observations
    • Mentor observations

    Aims: The principal aims are to help you develop your professional competencies in

    • the management and organisation of 'classrooms' and other contexts for learning
    • the planning, preparation, implementation and evaluation of appropriate learning activities
    • providing assessment by means of a range of activities designed to support monitoring and recording of progress
    • examining teaching/learning strategies in terms of underlying assumptions, the study of relevant research and theory, and evolving social and technological change
    • interpersonal skills and effectiveness in working with students and colleagues
    • your understanding of equality and diversity issues and your capacity to develop such awareness in your students
    • your effective resource management

    These awards qualify you to teach students between 14 - 16 and 16 - adult who attend programmes delivered by FE colleges or other training providers. Please note that these awards alone are not currently acceptable for school teaching although on attainment of Qualified Teacher in the Learning and Skills sector, (QTLS) which currently has parity with Qualified Teacher Status for schools (QTS) you may be employable in secondary school settings. The University does expect you to attend formal classroom sessions and to undertake a programme of directed and independent study subsequent to the delivery of the taught element and in preparation for the assignment. In all, you must be able to allocate about 10 hours a week to your studies on a part-time basis or 20 hours per week on a full-time basis.

    Teaching Hours: 150 hours of teaching will be required to complete the course. Teaching hours can be voluntary or paid. Students should attempt to source their own teaching hours to fulfil the requirements of the course. We can help you by supplying contact details in some cases liaising with likely providers but cannot guarantee you a placement. Offers will be conducted based on confirmation of being able to obtain a minimum of 150 teaching hours. Although we may be able to assist you to find these hours, this cannot be guaranteed. It is advisable for candidates to be confident with E-Learning and have access to the internet. It is expected that candidates will make full use of on-line resources at both Gloucestershire College and the Birmingham City University to support their studies.

    If you need information about a loan for your fees and other related information contact The Student Loan Company  Quoted fees on the web page are confirmed per course and are therefore the same for two years as one year.

    Please see Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy and Code of Practice available at (subject to agreed amendments).  Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy and Code of Practice has been written based on guidance from external bodies that regulate consumer law, customer protection and education standards.  If you have any queries about either Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy or Code of Practice, please contact Gloucestershire College’s Admissions department via telephone 01242 532008 or

    Please note that modules could be subject to change but any such changes, to module delivery, would be in consultation with the students.

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