Introductory course information
Award: PGCE/PCE (Level 6 Professional Graduate Certificate in Education/ Level 5 Professional Certificate in Education)
Awarding body: University of Greenwich
UCAS Code: Not applicable – apply directly to University after securing an offer from Kingston College
Location of study: Kingston Hall Road, (School of Science Technology, Engineering and Professional Studies)
Course duration: 2 years (part-time)
Academic year dates: September 2019 - June 2020
Days of the week: Three hours per week on a Monday evening (6pm – 9pm)
Part-time study: Studying part-time means you will study the programme of study over two years instead of one. You will attend three hours per week on a Monday evening (6pm – 9pm)
Teaching placements: Over the two year course, students will need to complete AT LEAST 100 hours of teaching practice at an establishment within the Further Education and training sector. Students are responsible for finding their own placement and will need to have down so before the commencement of the course.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.
PCE students require a professional qualification at Level Three or above, as well as at least three to five years of appropriate full time work experience in the field in which you wish to teach.
A good level of competence in English is also required in accordance with the national guidelines on literary levels in Initial Teacher Training. The University of Greenwich will wish to see evidence of a qualification of at least Level Two (GCSE Grade C/4c or above) or IELTS 5.5.
We welcome applications from international students with equivalent qualifications. Qualifications must be verified by NARIC.
References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.
International students must possess qualifications equivalent to Level 3 study in the UK to apply for HE courses. Please be aware that this may mean we suggest an alternative course for you. Portfolios can be submitted electronically if required. Skype interviews may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange. Audition via Skype or recorded video may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange.
International Student Entry Requirements
International students must possess qualifications equivalent to Level 3 study in the UK to apply for HE courses. Please be aware that this may mean we suggest an alternative course for you.
Portfolios can be submitted electronically if required.
Skype interviews may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange.
Audition via Skype or recorded video may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange.
- Professional Development Portfolio Part 1 (15 credits): Students will learn to develop their planning and delivery skills in teaching and learning, use reflective practice to enhance their professional skills and collate evidence of professional experience of teaching and learning.
- Theories of Learning and Inclusion ( 15 credits): Students will learn to develop an understanding of the role of the teacher in creating and sustaining a safe and inclusive learning environment; recognise key aspects of theories and principles of inclusion; and apply and evaluate these theories and principles to their own practice.
- Policy and Curriculum Issues (30 credits): Students will learn to examine the social, political, and economic context of education and training in the lifelong learning sector (LLS). They will also explore professionalism, dual professionalism and underpinning values as well as exploring curriculum development and design in terms of inclusion.
- Research and Scholarship for the Development of Subject Specialist Expertise (30 credits): Students will develop an awareness of the importance of research in their professional development and practice. They will also develop knowledge and understanding of the role of research in the subject specialist areas and engage with the use of different approaches to collecting and analysing data used in research in their specialist areas.
- Professional Development Portfolio Part 2 (30 credits): Students will learn to develop their planning and delivery skills in teaching and learning, use reflective practice to enhance their professional skills and collate evidence of professional experience of teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
You are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will have access to library facilities throughout your course, both at Kingston and at Greenwich.
When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for asessments. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.
Over the two year course, students will need to complete AT LEAST 100 hours of teaching practice at an establishment within the Further Education and training sector. Students are responsible for finding their own placement and will need to have down so before the commencement of the course. Over the two years, students will be observed four times by their tutor and at least four times by their work-based mentor.
There is no formal examination on this course. Assignments are submitted to Greenwich in the January and June of each year. The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete these formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include coursework assessments such as essays, reports, presentations and observations.
Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:
- study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- academic writing (including how to reference)
- research skills (in conjunction with the library)
- critical thinking and understanding arguments
- revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).
Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Visit their pages for more information.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.
Course costs and financial support
Fees: For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:
- UK/EU students: £2,950
Inflation linked tuition fee rises: The College may decide to increase tuition fees year on year at a reasonable rate in line with inflation. Any increases would not exceed the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecast for RPI-‐X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). This intention will be clearly advertised on the College’s promotional material.
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
- annual printing allowance
- BTEC registration fee (if applicable – ask if unsure)
- starter kits
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:
- additional printing over and above the annual allowance
- the cost of books that you might wish to purchase.
Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.
Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.
Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.
Careers and progression
- Upon completion of the course, students are able to apply for QTLS which has direct equivalence to QTS. This qualification is done through the Society for Education and Training and incurs an additional cost.
- On completion of the course, students can lecture/teach in the Further Education and Trainingg sector in a variety of roles.
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