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Postgraduate course
PGCE

Education

Education

Education

Education

Education

Overview

We understand that practice is your main priority, that's why we have designed this online course that enables you to study wherever and whenever you want.

Training to become a teacher is one of the most challenging thing you will ever do. With this in mind, this online course is designed to fit around your other professional commitments and will involve assessments relevant to your working life.

This course is designed for practising teachers who already have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), those who want to teach in primary or secondary schools and are undertaking a period of training leading to QTS or equivalent, and practising teachers in international schools abroad (English curriculum) . Please note that this course does not recommend the award of QTS.

Our goal is to provide the foundations that will enrich your practice and fast-track your teaching career. You will benefit from outstanding support tailored to your professional development needs, including personal online learning tutors, online tutorials using a range of web-based software and numerous opportunities to network through our professional learning communities.

You will expand your critical understanding of the education sector and share best practice with your colleagues on the course. You will also scrutinise government and sector-wide policies and analyse theoretical, pedagogical and policy discourse and debates to gain a critical research-informed perspective on what is happening in education.

We currently work in partnership with Fylde Coast SCITT Rochdale Pioneers Partnership, Ripley TSA and Equalitas, TKAT and KMT and we are keen to extend our partners both in the UK and internationally within the English curriculum.

To view our full range of PGCEs, and for more information, please visit our teacher training pages .

You will gain a critical, research-informed appreciation of the education sector as a whole and understand the challenges that schools face across the sector. The course allows you to focus on the specific context of your practice, with assignments that can be tailored to whole school priorities, government agenda and subject specialist teaching.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

To study this course, you will require broadband internet connection with a speed of 2mbps and working speakers. You will need Windows 7 / Mac OSX 10.8 or above and have access to Chrome v63 or higher (recommended), Edge v42+, Firefox v57+ or Safari v6+. Java and Adobe Acrobat Reader will need to be enabled and you will need a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768.

Visit our distance learning guide for a complete list of technical requirements.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

Course Features

  • Distance learning course
  • Dedicated in-school student advice/coaching service
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Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have at least an upper second class honours degree in a cognate subject. Applicants with a lower second class honours degree may be considered if they have relevant work experience. Applicants should also be studying or have recently completed a QTS course.Experienced teachers practicing in international schools abroad, who are teaching an English curriculum, are also welcome to apply. Please note that this course does not recommend the award of QTS.

All applicants must have grade C passes in GCSE English Language and Maths (or equivalent) before making their application. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

IELTS:

IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification.

Mature Applicants:

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. All students will be considered through the contextual admissions policy described above. If you do not meet the requirements through the contextual admissions policy, we may still be able to make you an offer if you have recent relevant work experience through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and any relevant work experience in your application so that we can consider you under both schemes where applicable..

All applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, for example we accept some Functional Skills Tests. 

Applicants should normally have at least an upper second class honours degree in a cognate subject. Applicants with a lower second class honours degree may be considered if they have relevant work experience. Applicants should also be studying or have recently completed a QTS course.Experienced teachers practicing in international schools abroad, who are teaching an English curriculum, are also welcome to apply. Please note that this course does not recommend the award of QTS.

All applicants must have grade C passes in GCSE English Language and Maths (or equivalent) before making their application. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

IELTS:

IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Tania Sargent

Careers

Tania Sargent
Head of PE Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate Foundation

PGCE Secondary Physical Education

“The strong reputation of my course at Leeds Beckett and the teaching skills I gained have been instrumental in my career. I'm now Head of Physical Education seven years after graduating. The support from tutors and hands-on experience on the course was fantastic.

Teaching and learning

Overall workload

Each module on our distance learning courses is individually designed to maximise your learning so study requirements will vary. As a guideline you will need to allocate around 10 hours per week to complete each module plus a further five hours for additional reading and assignments. These 10 hours of teaching and learning will be delivered using a range of interactive resources, this typically includes audio and video content, group discussions, reflective exercises, quizzes, online reading and much more. All these resources are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment and can be accessed at a time and place that suits you.

You will experience a blended approach to teaching and learning - this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and remote teaching and learning. The learning content you receive will be as planned for the academic year 2020/2021 before the Covid-19 outbreak. To find out more about teaching on your course visit the Carnegie School of Education - Teaching 2020-21 page.

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An opportunity to undertake a project to develop a specific area of study for your future work, making you more successful in your school.

Explore a relevant subject in detail in order to plan, deliver and assess content in your specific setting.

By exploring what makes a successful teacher, you can reflect on the ways an effective learning environment can benefit pupils and their learning.

Assessment proportions
You will be assessed by coursework.

An opportunity to undertake a project to develop a specific area of study for your future work, making you more successful in your school.

Explore a relevant subject in detail in order to plan, deliver and assess content in your specific setting.

By exploring what makes a successful teacher, you can reflect on the ways an effective learning environment can benefit pupils and their learning.

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Fees & funding

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The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2020/21 is £2167. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations. The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

    In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

    Course-specific essential costs
    • Placements (costs will vary depending on the location of your placement)

    Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (whilst the library provides access to readings recommended for your modules, you may wish to purchase your own copies of some books); you can also make suggestions for books to be added to Library stock; placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you may need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

    As well as your mobile phone, you will also need access to a desktop computer and/or laptop to complete assignments and access university online services such as MyBeckett, your virtual learning environment. You can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located in the libraries.

    This list is not exhaustive, costs are approximate and will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees. If you choose to study via distance learning, you may not be able to access all of the facilities listed if you are not able to visit us on campus.

    The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2020/21 is £2167. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

    Additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations. The following are also included in the cost of your course:

    • 24/7 Library and student IT support
    • Free wifi via eduroam
    • Skills workshops and resources
    • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
    • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
    • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

    In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

    Essential Costs
    • Placements (costs will vary depending on the location of your placement)

    Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (whilst the library provides access to readings recommended for your modules, you may wish to purchase your own copies of some books); you can also make suggestions for books to be added to Library stock; placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you may need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

    As well as your mobile phone, you will also need access to a desktop computer and/or laptop to complete assignments and access university online services such as MyBeckett, your virtual learning environment. You can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located in the libraries.

    This list is not exhaustive, costs are approximate and will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees. If you choose to study via distance learning, you may not be able to access all of the facilities listed if you are not able to visit us on campus.

    Additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations. The following are also included in the cost of your course:

    • 24/7 Library and student IT support
    • Free wifi via eduroam
    • Skills workshops and resources
    • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
    • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
    • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

      Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (whilst the library provides access to readings recommended for your modules, you may wish to purchase your own copies of some books); you can also make suggestions for books to be added to Library stock; placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you may need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

      As well as your mobile phone, you will also need access to a desktop computer and/or laptop to complete assignments and access university online services such as MyBeckett, your virtual learning environment. You can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located in the libraries.

      This list is not exhaustive, costs are approximate and will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees. If you choose to study via distance learning, you may not be able to access all of the facilities listed if you are not able to visit us on campus.

      Additional course costs

      Tuition fees
      Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations. The following are also included in the cost of your course:

      • 24/7 Library and student IT support
      • Free wifi via eduroam
      • Skills workshops and resources
      • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
      • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
      • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

      Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (whilst the library provides access to readings recommended for your modules, you may wish to purchase your own copies of some books); you can also make suggestions for books to be added to Library stock; placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you may need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

      As well as your mobile phone, you will also need access to a desktop computer and/or laptop to complete assignments and access university online services such as MyBeckett, your virtual learning environment. You can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located in the libraries.

      This list is not exhaustive, costs are approximate and will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees. If you choose to study via distance learning, you may not be able to access all of the facilities listed if you are not able to visit us on campus.

      Facilities

      • Dedicated Support Team
        Dedicated Support Team

        Just because you aren't learning on campus doesn't mean you'll have to cope on your own - you'll have the support of a personal tutor along with the University's Student Hub and Wellbeing Centre. They are on hand to offer you advice about everything from academic issues to stress and anxiety.

      • Library
        Library

        Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you, and the Library is open 24/7 if you would like to visit. Our offsite team also provide specialist support for distance learning students.

      • Virtual Learning Environment
        Virtual Learning Environment

        The VLE gives you access to course materials such as videos, e-books and other documents. You also use it to submit your assignments and to receive feedback.

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      Postgraduate Study - Application Steps

      Once you've decided what course to study, here is a step-by-step guide of what to do next.

      • 1
        EXPLORE
        Explore your full range of options on our Online Prospectus at courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
        Call us on +44(0)113 812 3113 or email admissionsenquiries@leedsbeckett.ac.uk if you have any questions. International students can phone +44(0)113 812 1111 or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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        POSTGRADUATE AND RESEARCH OPEN DAY
        Visit us for a Postgraduate and Research Open Day to speak to teaching staff and students, see our facilities and find out more about your chosen course.
      • 3
        APPLY

        Apply directly to us via our online application site *.

        * Exceptions to this are:

        • Teacher Training (PGCE & EYTS)
        • PG Dip Legal Practice PG Dip Law
        • Chartered Institute of PR (CIPR): Advanced Certificate & Advanced Diploma
        • MA Social Work
        • MA Art Psychotherapy
        • PGCert/PGDip/MA Play Therapy
      • 4
        YOUR OFFER
        Receive your offer - remember, the sooner you apply the sooner an offer can be made. Please note that certain courses do have set application deadlines so you should check before applying. Some courses may require you to attend an interview or submit a portfolio before an offer can be made.
      • 5
        SEND US YOUR RESULTS
        If we make you a conditional offer, send us your results as soon as you have these so we can confirm your place.
      • 6
        ACCOMMODATION
        Apply for our university accommodation if you need it.
      • 7
        INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
        Check visa regulations and apply for your CAS number if necessary.
      • 8
        FEES & FUNDING
        Discover more about your funding options and set up your fee payments.
      • 9
        ONLINE REGISTRATION & ENROLMENT
        Receive your online registration and enrolment information.
      • 10
        WELCOME WEEK
        Attend Welcome Week and begin your course.
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