Certificate of Education (FE & Skills) & PGCE (FE & Skills)
Buxton & Leek College is part of University of Derby
Course Type: Higher Education
Full or part time: Part time
Campus: Buxton or Leek
Study Duration: 2 years. You will study on a Thursday afternoon 2pm-6pm.
Fee: The cost of theses courses is £2,250 per year (subject to change) which can be covered by Student Finance. Visit www.gov.uk/studentfinance for more information.
When and Where: Buxton or Leek campus
Start date: September
This 120 credit Level 5/6 qualification enables you to achieve a full qualification to teach in the FE and skills sector (Post 14). This qualification is validated by the University of Derby and taught at our Leek and Buxton Campuses.
You can choose a specialist pathway in key skills, maths, English or special educational needs. However, these specialist pathways are for graduate candidates only.
This course is designed for anyone who is teaching Post 14 learners, paid or voluntary, in an FE setting, training establishment, special school, an academy, prison or young offenders institute. The course is also suitable for learners who are trainers as part of their role or current teaching assistants.
You’ll need to provide evidence of:
• At least a Level 3 qualification in a subject relevant to your teaching specialism
• A Level 2 qualification or equivalent in English
• A Level 2 qualification or equivalent in Maths
• Access to 50 hours teaching in a full teaching role each year (paid or voluntary)
• Applicants for the PGCE status must have evidence of at least an honours degree (2:2 classification) relevant to their teaching specialism.
• Preparing to teach (FE and skills sector)
• Developing and reflecting on practical teaching skills
• The theory of teaching and learning.
Assessment methods including coursework, observations of teaching practice, self-evaluation, reflective tasks, written assignments, presentations and some group tasks.
You’re required to undertake research and write in an appropriate academic style using Harvard Referencing systems. All assessments require you to apply theory to your own practice and you are expected to engage with learning theory.
This course offers a strong foundation for professional development. If you achieve a Level 5 Certificate of Education and wish to progress to graduate status, you may be able to top up to a BA (Hons) Education. Students who achieve a PGCE may progress to a Masters in Education.