Lifelong Learning PGCE

Pre–Service, Full–Time (1 Year)

If you’re looking to progress into a career teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, including sixth form and further education colleges, adult education and a wide range of other training and educational settings, then this course could be ideal for you. We welcome applicants with relevant academic qualifications and a passion for teaching and training others.

Please note: This course accreditation is awarded by the University of Huddersfield and we are part of  The Education and Training Consortium.

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University of Huddersfield


· Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

· On this course you’ll have the opportunity to develop the skills to play a full part in teaching and curriculum development. While you study, you’ll focus on your subject specialist area, alongside general teaching in the lifelong learning sector.

· A significant amount of your learning takes place whilst on placement at Wyke College. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and to be mentored to help you develop into a successful and effective teacher.


· We are a large college whose students achieve excellent results on a wide variety of A level and vocational courses.

· You’ll be taught by outstanding teachers in a vibrant atmosphere, with fantastic students. You’ll also have access to University of Huddersfield’s extensive professional and academic network, and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

Please note: * This course is accredited by University of Huddersfield (taught jointly with students on the CertEd qualification), available through the Education and Training Consortium.




This module aims to develop your understanding of how people learn in the Lifelong Learning Sector and of the role of assessment in enabling learning and achievement. It introduces theories and principles of learning and assessment and develops your ability to apply research evidence in designing effective learning and assessment strategies and materials. It seeks to develop positive approaches to the management of group and individual behaviours and promotes an inclusive approach to teaching, learning and assessment. It introduces the role of key transferable skills and the ways in which people learn English, Maths and digital skills. The module is assessed by means of a practical micro-teaching assignment and the design of an intervention, strategy, activity or resource, underpinned by an understanding of key principles of teaching, learning and assessment.


The module reviews your practice as a trainee teacher. It explores your teaching values, knowledge of your subject specialism, and your knowledge and understanding of how you’re learning to teach. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to identify and respond to students’ needs, and how to use suitable teaching, learning and assessment strategies to develop inclusive teaching and learning environments. You’ll have the chance to evaluate your teaching effectiveness and develop as a reflective practitioner as well as engage in personal and professional development planning, against the appropriate Professional Standards, to recognise and develop relevant subject specialist knowledge, behaviours and skills. This will include further development of English, Maths and digital skills for you and your students.


This module builds on previous generic and subject specialist development in two ways. Firstly, it contributes to your development of more advanced strategies and methods for promoting learning and, secondly, it involves a focus on specific specialist areas and the critical analysis subject specialist pedagogy. The module seeks to enhance your ability to reflect critically on, and to evaluate, teaching and learning; by recognising particular curriculum and professional challenges; and by enabling you to develop critical responses to these concerns in sophisticated, innovative and creative ways. Key learning activities of the module are practical teaching experience and the engagement with other specialists through collaborative practice. The module is assessed through a Teaching Portfolio and a Conference Paper dealing with teaching and learning in the specialist subject.


The module will develop your understanding of policy and issues relating to professionalism in Lifelong Learning. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the impact of policy on professional practice and curriculum developments, drawing on appropriate evidence to evaluate professional practice and discuss possible improvements. You’ll also discuss key issues of professionalism in Lifelong Learning, including debates on reflective practice and a discussion of your own educational values and the extent to which these promote social justice.


On this course you’ll have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding needed to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, and the ability to identify your ongoing needs for professional development. The course helps to prepare you for playing a full part in the teaching, administrative, and curriculum development activities in colleges and in other education and training organisations.

The course gives you the opportunity to concentrate on your own subject area, in addition to your subject specialism you may be required to embed core subjects including English, Maths, Digital Literacies and SEND into your teaching and learning.

The focus of this course is on practical teaching. You’ll have the opportunity to gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals with support from tutors and work-based mentors. You’ll be supported to develop the necessary skills to become an outstanding teacher.

You’ll be taught through a wide range of teaching and learning methods and you’ll have a personal tutor who’ll be assigned to you throughout your studies to support your ongoing development.

There’s a wide range of assessment activity including the creation of resources to support learning, seminars, lectures and presentations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.


No prior teaching experience is needed.

· UK degree (normally 2:2 or above) or equivalent related to your specialist area

In addition you must also:

· provide Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances

· provide two satisfactory references

· complete a satisfactory interview

You’ll normally be offered a place on the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education or you may be considered for a place on the Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

We seek and encourage applications from under-represented groups in order to widen participation, improve access and apply the principles of equal opportunities. Applicants with disabilities are under no obligation to declare their disabilities, but we are committed to making the adjustments necessary to promote equality and access for disabled applicants. Applicants are encouraged to identify any special arrangements they may require.


As well as learning the theory at Wyke College, you will also be offered an unpaid placement at Wyke College to learn the practical skills of teaching. You’ll complete at least 100 hours of teaching over the year.


The Centre Manager, Rachel Hitchenor has over 25 years’ experience in teaching in a variety of contexts as well as experience in leadership positions in a variety of contexts. She has been significantly involved in I.T.E for over 20 years and was one of the original Research Leads (trained by Prof. Rob Coe). She is also one of the tutors teaching the course. The other tutor is Claire Bhana, an experienced teacher in the 14 – 19 context.

The taught sessions will take place in a dedicated teaching room in the Oak building, and is close to the senior leadership offices, centre manager and admin. offices. It is also adjacent to the staff lounge where photocopying, printing facilities and refreshments can be

accessed. It is on the first floor and can be accessed by lift if required. This room is equipped with flipchart, interactive whiteboard, projector and full internet connection. In addition there are 12 desktop computers and 4 sharing screens for students to work on the PCs in groups. All areas of the College are covered by student accessible WIFI, and trainee teachers will be able to access Brightspace from all workstations (including the teaching room and the library). Wyke Sixth Form College has a large library with over 100 computers, which will be open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and also on Saturdays at particular times during the year. The library will also be open on the evening of the PGCE/ Cert Ed. taught sessions to enable trainee teachers on the course to access and borrow texts. The library provides a silent working environment. All areas of the college have disabled access and the library is situated in Oak building on the ground floor. The seating arrangements allow access for students with a disability. The library stocks standard books, plus a number of periodicals that are subject specific, including all texts on the recommended reading lists.

Both of the tutors are proficient in the use of technology and are able to use Microsoft Teams for effective remote and blended learning. Microsoft Teams is also used as a communication hub for staff and students via chat and video calls. Staff and students have full IT support from the Helpdesk.


Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector. This accreditation is reviewed on a regular basis.


We aim to create a supportive and exciting atmosphere. Support will be provided by a named Course Tutor, Centre Manager, Learning Support, Library Services, IT Helpdesk and admissions and finance.


The full-time tuition fee for this course for 2021/22 entry will be £9250.(This may change slightly for 2022/2023).

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. Please email for further information on fees and finance.

Please note: · The Subject Specialist Conference is a compulsory module delivered at the University of Huddersfield. If you are studying at one of our Consortium Centres then you will be required to cover the cost of travel to complete this module.


If you have any questions or would like further information then please email or phone 01482 346347.

If you would like to apply then please email or phone to discuss the most appropriate route.

To apply please complete and submit this online application.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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