Teesside University PGCE

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Teesside University PGCE

Qualification type

PGCE – Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching / Training (General) Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This programme is specifically to train teachers wanting to teach in education and training sector educational settings, such as further education colleges, and adult and community settings. Due to government changes, if you complete this award you may also be able to gain employment in a secondary school setting, particularly in the post-14 age range – subject to the completion of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). If you are not in a paid teaching post, a pre-service part-time route is available but you must be able to find your own teaching practice. We promote the values of reflective practice, equality of opportunity, inclusiveness and learner autonomy. Both full-time and part-time routes cover a range of topics including planning and assessment, theories and principles for enabling learning, curriculum design and development plus being a professional in the sector. You study specialist modules if you choose to follow the literacy or numeracy subject-specialist programme. On completion of the full award, you will have met the national requirements for the Diploma in Education and Training and will be in a position to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS). Please note this course does not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Appropriate careers are in the full teaching role in learning and skills sector educational contexts. Our graduate employment record is very good. Students go on to work in a variety of professions including further education colleges and training organisations. Some students gain employment in secondary schools or higher education. Other students have taken the opportunity to further their studies on relevant continuing professional development or masters’ courses at the University.

Different course options

Full time | Teesside University | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Educational Theories and Concepts – Core
In this module you gain a detailed knowledge of a variety of fundamental educational theories. You focus on learning theory, assessment theory, communication theory and a range of models of reflective practice. You gain a grounding in core concepts that underpin educational practice. You also gain insight into special educational needs and disabilities, equality and diversity, inclusion and safeguarding. You consider theoretical approaches with reference to your own practice and to the professional standards of teachers working within the education and training sector.
Extending Approaches to Learning and Teaching – Core
In this module you are introduced to a range of more complex learning and teaching strategies. You explore the role of continued personal and professional development on your consistent, ongoing improvement as a teacher. You are encouraged to rigorously and consistently evaluate all aspects of your own practice and to work both collaboratively and independently in developing effective and innovative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. Here you are encouraged to look beyond your own direct experience and consider a wider breadth and range of educational settings; you consider how different strategies can be applied in a variety of contexts, and the wider experiences of your students and the impact of this experience on learning and progress.
Introduction to Learning and Teaching – Core
This module helps you gain the basic practical skills and understanding you need for classroom practice. The module focuses on the general principles and processes underpinning effective learning and teaching, the creation of positive learning environments, ensuring inclusion and the development of appropriate assessment strategies. It is primarily intended as the foundation module for the programme but may also be completed as a stand-alone unit that enables you to meet threshold standards for the sector.
Learning and Teaching in the Specialist Subject – Core
This module provides you with a comprehensive and practical toolkit for approaching teaching in creative ways in a range of contexts. And it encourages you to consistently evaluate and reflect on your own practice. The module focuses on developing approaches to effective learning and teaching; formative, summative and ongoing assessment; planning for individual students and groups of students; creating and managing effective, inclusive teaching environments; behaviour management; embedding English and maths; and using technology to facilitate delivery. You explore the development of these areas with specific reference to your own subject-specialist area. You are guided towards developing and organising your subject knowledge to meet the needs of your learners.
Theory and Policy in Education – Core
In this module you develop the breadth of your knowledge of theoretical approaches in education and explore the impact of government and professional body policy on the sector as whole, individual providers and their learners. You focus on the processes underpinning quality assurance and quality improvement, the organisation of providers and curriculum choices. You explore wider perceptions of education and training. This module provides the foundations and skills that you need to independently evaluate the ongoing debates that surround education and to continue your engagement with emerging educational theories in a professional manner.

Tuition fees

UK fees

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees

To be Confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have GCSE at grade C or above in English (or equivalent); 2.2 honours degree or above; and a satisfactory enhanced DBS check for regulated activity. Dedicated to changing lives and economies, Teesside University is committed to education informed by innovation, research and engagement with business and the professions. The town-centre campus in Middlesbrough has been enhanced by an investment of over £280m in recent years, including a five-storey £22m teaching building, a newly refurbished library and an award-winning Students’ Union. But Teesside University isn’t stopping there – they are investing an additional £300m over the next 10 years to further enhance the experience of all students, staff and partners.

The University has nearly a century of teaching in experience in multiple areas, including forensics, digital innovation, sport and health science.

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