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PGCE Post Compulsory

This programme will help students develop the generic skills needed to teach their own subject, or develop generic and specialist subject skills in either Mathematics (including Numeracy) or English (including Literacy and/or English for Speakers of Other Languages).

Key information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Full-time students 5 days per week commitment: 2 days at UCL, plus placement and study. Part-time students 2.5 days per week commitment: 1 day at UCL, plus placement and study.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 October 2018
Close: 23 August 2019
Early application is advised as programmes may close as soon as places are filled. Applicants should check the government website for the latest vacancy information.

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU: £9,250 (FT) £4,625 (PT)
Overseas: £17,620 (FT) £8,810 (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.

Level: Post-Compulsory
Age range: 14+
Accreditation:

The programme leads to an award of a PGCE (post-compulsory) at level 7 (Master’s level), with a possible exit route at level 6 (undergraduate/Bachelor’s degree level). Following successful completion of the programme, students may apply through the Educational and Training Foundation for the QTLS licence to practice in the sector. NB: QTLS is not part of the IOE programme.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

First degree

A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with extensive work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) tests

Some candidates for the Mathematics with numeracy pathway may be required / recommended to undertake a mathematics subject knowledge enhancement programme.

A levels

Not required, but Level 3 qualifications normally required in your subject specialism.

GCSEs

Not required, but English and Mathematics at grades A or 7 - C or 5 is highly desirable.

School experience

No experience of teaching is required. However, any experience of education, particularly in post-compulsory sector settings such as Further Education colleges, independent learning providers, local authorities, prisons, community organisations, etc, whether in a teaching role or not, is recommended.

DBS and Occupational Health

If you are made an offer you will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental health to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults. These checks will either be carried out by UCL at a cost of £135, or by the college that employs you. More details can be found on the Entry requirements page.

Skills tests

Not required.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

About this programme

Through taught sessions and mentored teaching practice in the workplace you will learn about employment in the sector, how to plan lessons in your subject, how to teach, engage and assess learners, how to manage the learning environment, and how to understand and use theory and research to broaden and improve your professional knowledge and expertise in teaching.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 M level credits.

Two 30 credit modules plus a non-accredited teaching practice module that must be successfully completed. 

60 credits at Level 7 + successful completion of Professional Practice module = Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)

60 credits at Level 6 + successful completion of Professional Practice module = Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE)

60 credits at Level 7 (but Professional Practice module not passed) = Post Graduate Certificate (PGCert)

Three pathways are available:

English (Literacy & ESOL)

Mathematics with Numeracy

Generic - all other subjects

Find out more: Post-Compulsory Pathways

Compulsory modules

  • Learning, teaching and assessment (one of three versions depending on pathway)
  • The wider context of educational practice
  • Professional Practice

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules for this programme

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via taught sessions, (including lectures, presentations, discussions, and classroom group tasks), and a practical teaching element based in a partner-provider organisation, usually a further education college or adult education institute. You are also required to read widely and to carry out written assignments in your own time. The programme is assessed through written assignments, module tasks and formal and informal observations of practical teaching skills.

Placement

All students on this programme will undertake a teaching practice placement and your development as a teacher will be assessed as part of the course. You will spend at least 120 hours, working with subject-specialist mentors who support you through your placement. We are fortunate to have a good choice of colleges and other providers, as well as some outstanding mentors in the field of post-compulsory teaching, with whom we work.


Additional costs

Students will need to have a DBS and Occupational Health Check, costing a total of £125. They will also need to cover the cost of travelling to and from the UCL Institute of Education and their placement organisation.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working for a very diverse range of employers. They typically gain employment as lecturers, classroom teachers and/or managers in FE colleges, sixth form colleges, independent training providers, adult education services and prisons. The programme can also serve as route towards higher qualifications.

Employability

This course will help you gain employment in a wide range of educational settings in the post-compulsory sector, in other industrial and professional contexts. As well as learning improved subject-specialist knowledge and expertise in pedagogy and assessment, you will gain a wide range of highly transferable ‘people skills’ which are essential for teachers: including empathy, patience, listening, cultural awareness and sensitivity. Through your teaching practice placement, you will also gain awareness of aspects of workplace life and the norms of professional behaviour, around respect for others, equality and diversity, health and safety, rights at work, line-management and appraisal, inspection and quality assurance procedures, etc.

Why study this programme at UCL?

The post-compulsory teacher education programmes at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) are designed to meet the training needs and qualification requirements of people who are working or would like to work in the post-compulsory sector.

Our post-compulsory PGCE qualifications are recognised by the post compulsory sector and provide a basis for higher qualifications, such as Master’s degrees and professional doctorates.

Following their most recent OFSTED inspection in November 2013, our post-compulsory programmes were deemed outstanding and given a Grade 1 (the highest possible grade).

Accreditation:

The programme leads to an award of a PGCE (post-compulsory) at level 7 (Master’s level), with a possible exit route at level 6 (undergraduate/Bachelor’s degree level). Following successful completion of the programme, students may apply through the Educational and Training Foundation for the QTLS licence to practice in the sector. NB: QTLS is not part of the IOE programme.

Department: Institute of Education

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Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines. If you are shortlisted, you will be expected to research issues around teaching your subject in the sector, decide what is important, and produce a short essay and a presentation on this.

Who can apply?

Individuals who are interested in teaching in the post compulsory sector and have first degree (minimum of lower second class) or equivalent. 

Application deadlines

All applicants
23 August 2019

Early application is advised as programmes may close as soon as places are filled. Applicants should check the government website for the latest vacancy information.


For more information see our Applications page.

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