Taught course

Post-Compulsory Education and Training - PGCE

Institution
Birmingham City University · School of Education
Qualifications
PGCE

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Entry requirements

Applicants will have (or expect to achieve before enrolment) a Bachelor's Honours degree, at lower Second Class level or above from a UK higher education institution or a recognised equivalent. The content of your previous experience and education should provide the necessary foundation for work as a teacher. At the point of enrolment to the course, it is also necessary to have a GCSE at grade C or above (or its equivalent) in English language and mathematics. Please note we do not accept Level 2 in numeracy or literacy as an equivalent.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This level 7 course seeks to train and support student teachers in the field of Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET). This includes further education, adult education, work-based training and community education. You will acquire the necessary skills to work as a teacher in PCET by undertaking practice-based placements as well as course work.

Students studying for a PGCE PCET with us, you will benefit from our strong partnerships, as well as learning from expert teaching staff and professionals in the workplace. We have a national reputation for our teaching education, which prepares trainees to tackle teaching in a challenging 21st century environment. You'll learn in a productive, modern and supportive learning environment and can take advantage of sophisticated facilities and resources at our recently-extended £71 million campus.

You can train to teach any subject that is taught at Further Education (FE) level. To do this we match your degree subject (in any subject area) to one of the PCET specialisms that we offer:

  • Arts, Media and Performance
  • English, Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Science and Technology

This means you could have a degree in subject to apply for this course and we will place you in one of the umbrella categories above. For example, if you have a degree in Health and Social Care you'll fit into Science and Technology, or with a degree in Construction you might fit into Science or Mathematics.

We have partnership arrangements with most of the large further education colleges in the West Midlands, as well as prison education units and a number of training agencies and private providers.

Full-time trainees undertake at least 150 hours of teaching in their main subject area and are all supported by a subject specialist mentor.

Fees and funding

Although this is a postgraduate course, current PGCE students are eligible for the finance support package available to full-time undergraduates.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    This course is a nationally-recognised qualification and a government requirement for graduates teaching in further education. It is endorsed by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) until 2013 and incorporates PTTLLS, CTTLLS and DTTLLS.

Course contact details

Name
Pre-entry Enquiries Team
Email
courseenquiries@bcu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)121 331 5595