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Post Graduate Certificate in Education
Postgraduate course
PGCE

Post Graduate Certificate in 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 course is designed to fit around your other professional commitments and will involve assessments relevant to your working life. Designed for those training to teach in primary or secondary schools, or those who have recently undertaken a period of training leading to QTS or equivalent, our goal is to provide the academic foundation for a rewarding and successful career in teaching.

You will benefit from outstanding support tailored to your professional development needs, including dedicated 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 critically research-informed perspective on what is happening in education.

We work with School Centred Initial Teacher Training providers (SCITTs) to offer our PGCE. In the coming year we will be working with Wakefield Regional Partnership for ITT and Rochdale Pioneers Partnership.

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

GCSEs: 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 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. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

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.

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

Modules & learning

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

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

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

Dr Alison Iredale
Dr Alison Iredale
Course Director
Alison specialises in the areas of education studies, teacher education, professional development, technology-enhanced learning, and teacher development and enquiry. Her research interests range from professional knowledge and practice, work-based learning, philosophy of education, political philosophy, action research and technology in education. Her own professional values are based around a clear ethos of student first and foremost.
I have a huge passion for social media in education and am an avid tweeter, curating and networking on behalf of my students and colleagues. This course is based on an ethos of participation, using the benefits of a range of social media tools, and I believe that this is crucial to the professional development of teachers.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

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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Distance Learning

Distance Learning

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 get can get involved in learning. Our flexible courses – internet-based learning and part-time options – give you more choice, 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.

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