The PGCE/CertEd is a qualification for those who want to teach in the Adult Learning Sector (Post Compulsory Education-PCE). The CertEd/ PGCE is a University of Bedfordshire (UoB) Award. Both pathways lead to QTLS (Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills) which is the main requirement to teach in the Adult Learning Sector. QTLS is given for those wanting to teach learners aged over 16 years of age and is awarded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF Formally the IfL). This is different to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which those wishing to teach in schools work towards.
The PGCE/CertEd is a 2 year part-time in-service course designed for people that would like to teach learners aged over 16 years old. The course provides core professional training in teaching for staff who would like to work in the area of Life Long Learning, addressing the 2014 ETF National Standards for Teaching and Learning with Post-Compulsory Education. It comprises a single programme that can be taken at two levels, either the Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). This course is equivalent to the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (Formerly DTLLS).
You will be taught by a passionate team of teachers, which draws on an extensive range of expertise across both Tresham and the University of Bedfordshire network. The course prides itself on offering a delicate balance between the practical skills and theoretical constructs of the art of teaching.
All students on this course are current teaching practitioners at various points in their careers. Many are beginning their careers in teaching through a part-time or temporary position; others are seeking to gain the qualification for career progression or for their own professional growth.
Modules studied include*: Planning and Preparing for Teaching and Learning; Teaching and Learning Process; Assessment and Evaluation; Professional Practice and Development; Theories and Principles of Inclusive Learning and Teaching; Researching Practice; Curriculum Design and Innovation.
*Modules may be subject to change
As part of this course many students go on to complete the process of gaining their QTLS to open opportunities for teaching in a range of sectors.
The course is assessed through portfolios, resource development, collaborative projects and presentations, academic essays and action research projects which are designed to link teaching theory to practice. You will also have four mentor observations of your professional practice over the two years of the course.
Pay by instalments
The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.
You will be expected to attend two one-day conferences over the academic year; these are well attended by likeminded students from the University of Bedfordshire partnership, and offer a host of guest lecturers and networking opportunities.