Professional Graduate Certificate in Education 14+ (PGCE 14+)

This is a exciting qualification being delivered at Aquinas College in association with Bolton University, now recruiting for September 2018.

PGCE 14+ is a teacher education course for graduates who wish to teach in the FE and Skills sector of education; for example, in adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning.

Duration: 1 year
Attendance: Full-time
Awarding body: University of Bolton

You will be expected to be at Aquinas for 4 days each week. You will have 8 hours a week of lectures plus tutorial time. The rest of the time you will be in subject departments being supported by experienced subject mentors. By the end of the course you will have to evidence at least 100 hours teaching alongside submitting academic assignments.

  • Why Teacher Training at Aquinas?
      • In-house Teacher Training combining teaching placement with academic delivery
      • Exciting qualification
      • History of providing high quality teaching placements
      • Supportive and experienced subject mentors and coaches
      • Achieved Investors in people and Matrix awards
      • State of the art facilities
      • Excellent exam results
      • Motivated and engaged learners
  • Course Outline
    • What you will learn

      The course will equip you to be an effective teacher in the classroom, as well as providing you with the skills and knowledge to work in the FE and Skills sector of education. All teaching placements will be provided in-house at Aquinas College within your chosen subject departments.

      The course will involve studying seven modules worth a total of 120 credits.
      The course modules are:

      ITE4001 Preparation for Education and Training
      ITE5002 Promoting Positive Behaviour
      ITE5003 Integrating English and Maths in Teaching and Learning
      ITE6001 Teaching, Learning and Assessing
      ITE6002 Professionalism and Quality in the Curriculum
      ITE6003 Professional Research Project
      ITE6004 Professional Practice Portfolio


      You will be assessed through a variety of methods:

      • 8 formal teaching observations
      • Formal written assessments for each module
      • Portfolio of lesson plans and resources
      • Micro teach, team teach, individual and group presentations
  • Careers & Professional Recognition
    • The PGCE 14+ programme meets the requirement of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET). All new FE teachers must complete a teacher training qualification as the first step in obtaining QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills). The course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to teach in schools. However, since April 2012 those with QTLS are allowed to teach in schools on the same basis as those with QTS for 14+ students.

  • Entry requirements
    • The minimum entry requirement is an honours degree (or equivalent) in a subject that is relevant to the area in which you wish to teach. This course requires a DBS clearance and a health declaration before enrolment. If English is not your first language you will need a recognised English language qualification at the appropriate level for this course, normally IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

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Applying for the course

You can apply for this course via Bolton University:

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For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

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