PGCE (incorporating the Diploma in Education and Training)

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    PGCE 1 year (with placements) Full-time

Course Description

With options to work in further education colleges, adult and community education, work-based training, offender learning and public sector organisations, our programme helps you develop the required skills, knowledge and professional values. With a large proportion of your time spent on placement, you have the chance to gain real-world experience, preparing you for a fulfilling and rewarding career.

We particularly welcome applications from exceptional candidates who wish to teach in offender learning settings.

Key Features

  • Receive ‘excellent support from tutors and mentors and make good progress in developing the skills and attributes to become accomplished teachers’ (Ofsted, 2014).
  • Spend two days a week on placement in a further education and skills setting. We also have a limited number of placement opportunities in offender learning.
  • Benefit from highly skilled and qualified tutors with many years’ experience in the Further Education and Skills sector.
  • In the most recent Student Perception Questionnaire survey, students reported very high levels of satisfaction with this programme.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to network with potential employers. Follow in the footsteps of many of our trainees and possibly go on to find employment within the organisations you work with during your placement.
  • Demonstrate innovation, creativity and enterprise throughout your time on the programme and benefit from the way education for sustainable development is embedded in the programme. There is a strong research base across the partnership which underpins these and other developments in the programme
  • Work closely with your fellow trainees, learning together and from one another, with peer-support is an important part of the programme’s philosophy and organisation.
  • Tailored for applicants who hold a bachelors or masters degree. The Certificate in Education is available to those who do not hold one of these qualifications
  • Take your qualifications to the next level – after completing this course you’ll have the option to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status
  • Weston College, in partnership with the University of Plymouth, wish to provide placements for exceptional applicants that have a keen interest in using teaching and learning as a way to reduce reoffending and support rehabilitation. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about teaching and want to make a major difference to people’s lives. In return, Offender Learning offers a rewarding career with prospects for progression, ongoing Continuing Professional Development and support to develop and achieve aspirations
  • We also work with the new local studio schools and would invite exceptional applicants to apply with biology or health and social care qualifications and relevant experience

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements:

  • Bachelors or masters degree in a relevant subject
  • GCSE: You will be required to achieve and evidence a level 2 equivalent in both English and Maths by the end of the programme.
  • Good information and communications technology (ICT) skills.

Non-academic requirements:

  • You’ll be required to complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and complete a criminal convictions self-declaration form. Find all of the important documentation you’ll need when applying for this programme
  • You must be deemed fit to teach.

All appropriately qualified candidates will be given equal consideration during the selection process. The University does not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, colour, disability, religion, nationality, age, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.

Entry onto these programmes is conditional on the University identifying a suitable placement and mentor.

An interview is a pre-requisite for entry onto this programme:

  • There is a two-stage interview process for this course.
  • The first stage is conducted by a member of the teaching team, which includes a short presentation that you prepare and deliver and follows the format. If successful there will be a second interview with a subject specialist tutor from the placement college. This interview is to ascertain your level of subject knowledge in the areas that you might reasonably be expected to deliver whilst on your teaching placement.
  • Find more information about interviews in the Institute’s interview pages.


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From scholarships and loans, to grants from charitable trusts, you can fund your postgraduate study at Plymouth in a number of ways.

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