PGCE PCET Course Information 2008/09 by 8963qQe



       Cardiff School of Education

    PGCE (PCET) / Cert.Ed(PCET)

                 Course Details
             PGCE/Cert Ed (Post Compulsory Educations & Training)

1.   Who is the Course for?

     This is a professionally endorsed, part-time course for practising full and part-time
     teachers in the field of post-compulsory education and training. This includes higher,
     further, adult and community education, leisure and youth workers and training
     personnel in HM forces, industry and commerce. The course specifically seeks to
     recruit trainers in occupations ancillary to medicine such as nurses, podiatrists and
     dental technologists (see section 2 over page, for details regarding professional

     The course additionally caters for people who intend to become teachers and trainers
     in the fields mentioned above. It is also suitable for newly qualified graduates who do
     not wish to commit themselves to a full time course. Intending teachers should pay
     particular attention to the requirements for supervised teaching experience mentioned
     later in this leaflet.

     Those who apply must possess a professional qualification in the subject they intend
     to teach. This will vary for individuals. Students will have qualifications ranging from
     City and Guilds to PhDs; however, Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) suggest that learners
     should normally hold a Level 3 qualification in the subject that they aim to teach. Any
     prospective student who is unsure about the validity of their qualifications should
     consult the Programme Director.

2.   About the Course?

     The Post-graduate Certificate in Education (PCET) is delivered at Levels 6/7.

     The Certificate in Education (PCET) is delivered at Levels 4/5.

     At the successful end of two years of part-time study graduates following the PGCE
     (PCET) route will receive a PGCE (Post-Compulsory Education & Training).
     Graduates and non-graduates choosing to follow the Certificate in Education (PCET)
     route will be awarded a Cert Ed (Post-Compulsory Education & Training). This is a
     University of Wales regulation. In practice, all students will study modules that cover
     the same subject-specific content and submit the assignments that follow the same
     format, they will however, be assessed at different academic levels. Successful
     candidates will be presented with their certificates at the UWIC award ceremony

     Normal completion of the programme takes two years of part-time study.

     The course team is fully aware of the stresses and strains placed upon mature part-
     time students. We are aware that the majority of course attendees have work and
     family commitments that occasionally impinge on their ability to study effectively.
     Sympathetic consideration of the difficulties faced by part-time students will be given
     within the framework of Institution regulations. The course team prides itself on its
     friendliness and accessibility and will make every effort to make sure that students’
     learning needs are met promptly and efficiently.

3.   Additional Requirements

     Language, Literacy and Numeracy.

     The professional standards for the role of tutor/trainer have been set by LLUK and as
     such, embedded into the programme. It is recognised that for learning to be
     successful a good level of language, literacy and numeracy is required. This would
     usually be considered to be the attainment of GCSE, grade C and above (or its
     equivalent), in English and Mathematics.

     Information Communication Technology

     As with many professional roles, the use of Information Communication Technology
     (ICT) is increasing perceived to be a base-line requirement, and those considering
     the programme should give some thought to the level of their competence in using
     the computer/standard software programs. Students will be encouraged to make use
     of ICT in their teaching role and expected to submit formally assessed work

     Criminal Records Bureau Check

     If your teaching role will bring you into contact with children (under 18) or vulnerable
     adults you may be asked to apply for a CRB check. You will need to ensure that you
     comply with the requirements of the organisation where you are undertaking your
     teaching/training, whether this is a paid or voluntary position. Further information can
     be found on the CRB website at

     Nursing & Midwifery Council

     The PGCE PCET offered at UWIC is listed as an approved programme on the NMC
     database and those choosing to undertake the PGCE PCET NMC pathway will be
     able to record their qualification on the NMC register.

     Students wishing to undertake the NMC pathway will be required to have access to
     the support of a colleague who is a sign-off mentor and whose qualification is
     recorded in the same area of the NMC register.

3.   Course Content

     Preparing to Teach in PCET

     This is an initial module designed to provide beginners or untrained practitioners in
     post-compulsory education and training with an understanding of the essential
     elements of effective performance in the classroom. It covers topics such as the
     writing of educational objectives, lesson planning, teaching methods and assessment
     and gives students the opportunity to deliver short teaching sessions to their peers.

     Year 1 [contd]

     Three further modules take students to the end of the first year. The modules explore
     in-depth the topics previewed in Induction and allow the students to extend their
     knowledge of post-compulsory education and develop their communication skills.
     The emphasis is again on classroom teaching. 30 hours of teaching practice is
     required to progress from Year One to Year Two of the programme.

     Year 2 PGCE (PCET) or Cert Ed (PCET)
     Validated by the University of Wales

     Four modules complete the second year of study. These aim to consolidate
     theoretical and practical competencies relevant to post-compulsory education and to
     enable students to reflect on their professional roles, to explore alternative learning
     strategies, to design course documentation and to become aware of the context of
     the sector and the aims and policies of government and other educational agencies.
     100 hours of classroom teaching is required.

     NOTE - NMC Pathway
     Students following the NMC Pathway are required to record 360 hours of
     teaching over the two years of study.

4.   Course Structure

     A two year course of part-time study and students are required to attend for one
     afternoon and evening a week.

     Contact Times
     Year 1 :      Tuesdays            2.00-8.30pm     28 weeks        Sept-June

     Year 2 :         Wednesdays      2.00-8.30pm      28 weeks        Sept-June

     Teaching and Learning Strategies
     In line with generally accepted principles of adult learning, informal teaching methods
     are a feature of the course with the emphasis on workshops, discussions, case
     studies, role-plays and simulations. Students will be encouraged to participate fully in
     all sessions. Formal lectures are kept to a minimum.

     Prospective students are advised to seek the support of a workplace mentor. A
     mentor is a valuable guide; someone who will be able to offer guidance and with
     whom you will be able to discuss issues in a professional context.

     Should you wish you mentor to undertake formal assessments of your teaching
     practice, he/she will be required to hold the PGCE/Cert Ed PCET, or equivalent.

     For those undertaking the NMC Pathway, please note that in addition, the mentor
     should be a sign-off mentor and be registered in the same part of the NMC register
     as yourself.

5.   Course Assessment

     There are no final examinations; the course is assessed through a range of written
     and practical tasks on an ongoing basis.

     Assessment is of two kinds

     1. Written assignments and practical activities which are based upon your
        professional experiences as a tutor/trainer;

     2. A period of supervised teaching experience. In terms of direct classroom
        teaching, students will be expected to arrange a teaching placement at an
        appropriate institution and teach:

         Year One                              30 hours
         Year Two                              100 hours
         NMC Pathway Years One/Two             360 hours in total

     The course team is willing to advise and help students arrange a placement. It must
     be pointed out however that, for intending teachers, a placement cannot be

6.   Fees

     This course is normally covered by a mandatory award from the student’s Local
     Education Authority and prospective students are advised to contact the Finance
     department of their LEA. If you do not qualify the cost per year will be approximately:

     Fees:   £1,535.00

7.   Additional Information

     For more information about this course please contact the relevant Programme

     PGCE (PCET) Programme Director            Cert Ed (PCET) Programme Director
     Amanda Renwick,                           Rhian Hunter Jones
     Tel: 029 2041 6575                        Tel: 02920 41 6292
     Email: -              Email: -


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