Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

(2018/19)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

PGDE

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

If you want to gain the skills and confidence to work with post-14 learners in a range of settings, this course will prepare you for the practical demands of teaching in the Further Education and Skills sector. It also provides a good basis to fast-track your career into leadership and management within the sector.

A route to professional status

Our PGDE Post-14 (Education and Training) gives you a real head start in your teaching career. After you complete this course, you will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status via the Society for Education and Training. Valued by employers, QTLS demonstrates your skills, commitment and knowledge, adding real substance to your CV.

By completing our PGDE Post-14 you will also gain 120 credits at masters level.

An ‘outstanding’ learning experience

Our Further Education and Skills provision was awarded the highest Ofsted accolade – an ‘outstanding’ rating. In the 2015 report, inspectors praised our “excellent” work with teachers and trainers across the sector and said our “lively and thought-provoking” teaching challenged students to rise to high expectations.

Valuable practical experience

This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore the full range of roles undertaken by staff in the Further Education and Skills sector.

Teaching experience lies at the heart of the course. You will study at our main campus at Kedleston Road, and spend two days a week on teaching placement, as well as undertaking a six week block placement. You’ll be supported extensively throughout by a mentor from the University’s teaching team, as well as a subject specific mentor to guide you on your placement.

To broaden your experience, you will also complete an alternative placement in a different educational setting. This will be embedded into a specific week during the year and we will provide full information about this during pre-induction.

Tailor your studies to your ambitions

As part of the course, you can choose to take an optional specialism. Depending on your preference and any prior experience, you can choose to specialise in English, Maths, Engineering, Sport or teaching learners with disabilities.

A history of inspirational teaching

With a rich heritage in teacher training dating back over 165 years, we have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers.

You will be taught by a highly qualified team of tutors, including published authors and influential researchers whose work is helping to shape the future of the profession. They are an exciting source of ideas for you to take into your workplace.

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What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

You’ll also choose one of the following optional modules:

How you will learn

Each week, you will spend two days on teaching placement and two days based at the University. You will also undertake a six week block placement in February.

A variety of teaching strategies and methods are used to maximise your learning: practical teaching experience, presentations, workshops, one-to-one, whole group teaching, small group teaching, blended learning and independent learning.

You’ll be expected to demonstrate sound intellectual and academic skills at level 7 through a range of written and practical assignments.

How you’re assessed

The main assessment methods used on this course include observation of professional practice, group and individual presentations, discussion and debate, as well as formal academic writing. You will be formatively assessed throughout the year via milestone reviews to check your progress and development. 

Entry requirements

You will need to hold an undergraduate degree (minimum of 2:1) in the subject area in which you intend to teach (or a related area).

You will also need GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths (or Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy).

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this course.

If you have lived outside of the UK in the past five years (excluding holidays), you will need to provide a current satisfactory Certificate of Good Conduct from the country you were resident in. You will need to submit this at your course induction. Further information can be found on the gov.uk website.

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Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

N/A

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

You must apply for this course through UCAS Teacher Training (formerly GTTR).

Careers

This course is the ideal preparation for a career teaching in settings such as FE colleges, secondary schools, sixth form colleges and academies. The PGDE is also invaluable for anyone working with training providers, in offender learning/prison education, or in the voluntary sector.

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status via the Society for Education and Training.

By completing the PDGE, you will gain 120 credits at masters level to fast track your progress and position you for leadership roles.

Contact details

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Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.