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The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PCET) is a professional qualification of initial teacher training, endorsed by SVUK, for pre-service and in-service candidates holding degrees who wish to teach in the learning and skills sector. The qualification meets the requirements of the DfES for teachers and trainers working in the sector. The programme covers planning, preparation, assessment and feedback for learning, diversity, widening participation, inclusion and diversity, and supporting learners. It also encompasses wider professional development.
The PGCE (PCET) at UEL
East London is the most ethnically diverse community in the UK and the Diploma in Education takes full account of this diversity. It provides an excellent training-ground in issues of diversity, inclusion and differentiation
Your future career
A recognised teaching qualification is now essential for all teachers working in post compulsory education and training. Obtaining this qualification can be a stepping stone to further study and for career development and progression in the sector.
How we support you
You will have a professional tutor on the programme who will monitor all aspects of your progress and give you feedback and advice on your coursework and practical teaching. Your professional tutor will also act as a personal tutor while you study on the programme. You will be assigned a mentor to help with subject/vocational pedagogy.
A one-year, full-time programme of 36 weeks or a two year part-time programme over 33 weeks per year.
There are six compulsory modules (programme components). Full-time trainees complete all six in one year, part-time trainees should complete three per year.
Trainees on the pre-service route will be provided with a suitable teaching-practice placement and all trainees in the in-service route will have employment as teachers in post-compulsory settings providing a minimum of 150 hours teaching-practice over the two years as required by SVUK
Taught sessions will be held at UEL, Havering College (pre-service route) or our other partner colleges (in-service route), all of which offer modern, well resourced and fully supportive learning environments. Teaching will be through seminars and observations of teaching practice. Each trainee will be assigned a mentor in their subject/vocational area to help develop subject/vocational pedagogy skills. Trainees who require it will be offered further support to meet the Minimum Core of Literacy, Numeracy and ICT. Trainees will have the opportunity for exchanges with fellow students in order to broaden their teaching experience
Each 20 credit module is assessed through a task or tasks presented for assessment throughout the programme. This includes compilation of a professional development portfolio. In addition trainees are required to pass a minimum of eight Assessed Teaching Practice Sessions (ATPS) All practical and written assignment tasks and the portfolio relate to the learning outcomes for the modules which themselves reflect the assessment criteria required by SVUK and the Minimum Core of Literacy & Communication, Numeracy and ICT.