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Overview

This course provides a straightforward route to a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) award for students who have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only, or are on a course leading to QTS only.

The PGCE is an academic qualification focusing on developing teaching skills. You don't need a PGCE to teach in England, although you may find it useful as it will give you more options as your career progresses - enhancing your promotion prospects or enabling you to teach abroad.

What makes this course different

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60 Masters credits

The course is worth 60 Masters-level credits. You can use these towards a full Masters’ qualification, which you could complete at UEL.

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Teach around the world

You don't need a PGCE to teach in England, but this qualification may prove useful later in your career, when you're looking for promotion or planning to travel and teach in another country.

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Professional development

This course will help you build a range of strategies for taking control of your own professional development, and improve your day-to-day practice in the classroom.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Studying for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (non-QTS) course will involve attending seminars at UEL's Stratford campus, and completing two Level Seven (Masters' Level) assignments - each worth 30 academic credits.  

The first assignment, Active Enquiry and Intervention: Impacting on Learner Progress, will require you to interrogate an aspect of your teaching environment and carry out an action research project with your learners.

The second assignment, Developing Subject Expertise and Subject Specialism, will require you to investigate your subject specialism and assess your strengths and areas for development.

Throughout the course, we'll support your academic writing through face-to-face seminar discussions and online forums. 

The course runs during UEL's autumn and spring terms. You will need to be recommended for QTS before you can receive the PGCE award.

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MODULES

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    Active Enquiry and Intervention Impacting upon Learner Progress

    • To develop knowledge and understanding of critical thinking, reflective practice and educational research;
    • To develop an awareness of action research - its processes, practices and relevance for reflective educational practice and change;
    • To develop knowledge of pedagogy, through primary research and the critical evaluation of theory and literature;
    • For trainee teachers to carry out a classroom intervention informed by reading and research activity and to reflect critically on the process;
    • To demonstrate a practical appreciation of evidence-informed teaching;
    • To identify appropriate classroom strategies to develop learning and teaching which are informed through educational research, evidence and scholarship.
    • To apply classroom strategies informed by scholarship to a specific educational context and setting.
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    Developing Subject Expertise and Subject Specialism

    · To use mechanisms to identify areas of development within the chosen subject

    · To select one area of development to improve expertise

    · To implement strategies to develop subject expertise within the chosen area of development

    · To understand pedagogy and its impact upon learning within the chosen subject.

    · To identify the different pedagogic models related to the chosen area of development

    · To develop and implement a pedagogic approach that is appropriate and relevant to context of the chosen area of development.

    · To reflect on the implementation of the pedagogic model and to identify modifications or adaptations for future practice.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

We offer dual delivery which combines traditional on campus face-to-face teaching and online teaching simultaneously, allowing you to interact as if you were there in person. You can move smoothly between online and on campus teaching subject to your individual timetable (and health requirements). Students can interact and collaborate in person and online in any of these live-streamed sessions. Live-streamed sessions will also be recorded, so you can login when you want, playback and watch from the comfort of your home and whilst on the go.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

For the award of PGCE (non-QTS) both modules need to be passed.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

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Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

If you are a qualified teacher who already has Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but not the PGCE academic qualification QTS sometimes comes with, you will find this course useful in progressing your career. Unqualified teachers currently enrolled on a programme leading to QTS - for example under the School Direct salaried programme - can also benefit.

Having gained the PGCE (non-QTS) qualification, you might, for example, want to change jobs, or teach in another part of the UK, or even in another country. You may even decide to go on and do a Masters' degree. 

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.