Postgraduate Certificate-Postgraduate Diploma in Further and Higher Education

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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Conditions
    Applicants to the course must be
    (a) full-time lecturers or associate lecturers in colleges of further and/or higher education; or
    (i) part-time teachers in colleges of further and/or higher education provided that they meet the subject requirements for full-time employment within the FE sector and have a teaching timetable of no less than eight hours per week which permits them to fulfil the assessment regulations;
    (ii) teachers/trainers in other institutions providing post-16 education and training, provided that they have basic subject qualifications which would be accepted by the Department of Education for recognition as a full-time established teacher in FE.
  • Academic title
    Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma in Further and Higher Education
  • Course description
    The PG Certificate Further and Higher Education is a teacher training course, recognised by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) for those teaching in the post compulsory sector of education and training. The course comprises of four taught modules; students will take two modules in each of the academic semesters. This is a part time course offered across one calendar year with the principle aim of developing individual teaching and learning strategies to enhance practices in the classroom/training workshop. Candidates who are successful on this teacher training course may then progress for either early career development purposes or to enhance their skills in teaching by undertaking the PG Diploma in Further and Higher Education. This is an early professional development course offering curriculum development, action research in the classroom and quality management and eLearning opportunities for candidates.

    Duration and Mode of Attendance

    Postgraduate Certificate - one year (one day per week)
    Postgraduate Diploma - one year (online)

    You will study two module in each term, called semesters. The PGCFHE can therefore be obtained in one year (part-time study). Attendance is required on a set afternoon/evening per week on the UUJ and UUM campuses. UUJ sessions will take place on Tuesdays and UUM sessions will be on Wednesdays. The Diploma can also be obtained in one year and comprises of blended learning opportunities.

    Structure and Content

    Students enter this course of study for the award of Postgraduate Certificate FHE. The linked courses may be studied part-time over a period of two years. Students will complete the Postgraduate Certificate in one year and the Postgraduate Diploma in the second year. The learning is divided into study units called modules. PGCFHE modules have a credit value of 15 credits with an optional APL module allowing practitioners with certificated and experiential learning to claim up to 50% recognition for prior learning against the teaching practice development modules I and II. The credit weighting of a module is in proportion to the effort required from the student, thus a 15 point module corresponds to 150 hours of notional learning time including viewing online resources, taking part in communities of practice, workshops, seminars and tutorials in support of the course of learning. A feature of the course is the flexibility of learning where students spend their time interacting with online facilities, curricula and reflective tools in a structured and supervised manner gaining relevant mentorship throughout practical teaching experiences and support. Students can exercise the option of exiting the course with either a Postgraduate Certificate or progress to Diploma, the specification for which follows this specification. The modules within the course will include core and requisite modules, the levels at which they are studied, the credit ratings and award as a total sum of the modules below.

    -Practice Development I           
    -Educational Theories,
    -Roles and Strategies I
    -Practice Development II
    -Educational Theories,
    -Roles and Strategies II
    -Potential award                     
    -Postgraduate Certificate FHE (60 credit points)
    -Flexible Curriculum for
    -Access & Progression
    -Quality Management and
    -the Lifelong Learning
    -Postgraduate Diploma FHE (120 credit points)

    Teaching and Learning MethodsLectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, Social Skills Training, videos, work-based practice, observations. PG Diploma FHE included online curriculum, discussion forums and live interactive chat sessions.
    Assessment Each student will complete a series of formative activities, including micro-simulated teaching, role plays and case study work. This will be complemented by the development of a teaching skills workbook in the workplace. The PG Diploma will involve research project work involving teaching developments in the classroom and at an institutional level. Candidates will be assessed both in the University and in their workplace. Assessment is 100% coursework.
    Preference will be given to those applicants who are required, under Circular 1997/11, to complete the course and whose application is received before 31 May. Applications received after that date will be considered subject to availability of places.
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