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Post-Compulsory Education - Lifelong Learning, PGCE

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  • Objectives
    * To provide initial training for practising and prospective teachers and trainers * To respond to the changing needs of employers in the lifelong learning sector * To encourage the growth of professionalism in the lifelong learning sector
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements For full -time study: a degree or professional/ vocational qualification and relevant work experience. For part-time study/ flexible learning: full-time or part-time employment as a teacher or trainer in the postcompulsory sector, and a degree or vocational/professional qualification
  • Academic Title
    Post-Compulsory Education / Lifelong Learning, PGCE
  • Course description
    These programmes lead to initial teaching qualifications for those who teach or intend to teach in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, health care or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations.

    The programmes are offered in three modes of study. Full-time attendance will benefit those wishing to obtain a qualification before seeking employment and incorporates a period of supervised teaching practice. Part-time attendance and flexible learning are aimed at teachers and trainers who are already employed.

    The programme comprises courses at two levels: Level one covers the skills needed for teaching and classroom management; level two courses extend these skills and help students to explore the theory underpinning teaching and learning.


        * Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
        * Planning and Enabling Learning
        * Assessment and Learning
        * Theories and Principles of Learning
        * Managing and Supporting Learning
        * Curriculum Design and Implementation for Inclusive Practice
        * Wider Professional Practice
        * Specialist Subject Study

    Career Options

    For teachers/trainers already within the FE and PCET sectors, these qualifications provide full professional recognition. For pre-entry students, these qualifications provide the training for such recognition and employment as a teacher/trainer

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