The PGCE / Cert Ed we offer is validated by the University of Huddersfield and is a professional qualification for people teaching in the lifelong learning sector. This means those teaching in the following environments; further education colleges, sixth form colleges, adult education, offender learning, private training and a wide range of other training and educational settings in the post compulsory sector.
The PGCE is available to graduates and the Certificate in Education is open to non-graduates with appropriate vocational qualifications. The course can be studied pre-service (1 year full-time) or in-service (2 years part-time).
The pre-service course will benefit those who wish to obtain a teaching qualification before seeking employment in the education sector. The pre-service course is a full time route. Attendance on the pre service course is required two days a week. The remaining time will be spent on a voluntary teaching placement and in personal study.
The in-service course is two years part-time and will interest teachers and trainers who are already in full or part-time employment in the education sector. Attendance on the in-service course is one half day per week.
A degree in your subject area for PGCE (minimum 2:2). - Minimum full level 3 qualification in your subject area for Cert Ed. - Literacy and numeracy at level 2 minimum. (For example Maths and English GCSE grade A-C) You will be asked to prove that you hold these qualifications, by bringing in your certificates.
You will have arranged your own teaching practice placement in the subject area you have a qualification in. This should total a minimum of 150 hours teaching practice over the course
You will also need to arrange a subject specific mentor, who is a qualified teacher and a subject specialist in good standing in the profession. For more information on the minimum requirements for a mentor, please contact me
An enhanced DBS (formerly known as enhanced CRB) check will be completed, and your entry to the course is subject to the outcome of this
Successful progression and selection during the application/interview process
Your performance will be judged on the basis of written assignments, a reflective portfolio, a number of formal graded teaching observations and other methods. Students must pass both the academic and practical aspects of the course. The fundamental principles of practice are underpinned by reference to theoretical perspectives, thus encouraging participants to effectively link theory to practice.
The programme consists of four modules:
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Personal and Professional Development
Understanding Curriculum and Professional Issues
Teaching a Specialised Subject
As part of the course you will attend a 2 day teacher training conference at the University of Huddersfield, with an associated assessment task. Attendance is a required part of the course. Here you will network with other trainee teachers, from a variety of other training providers and go to sessions designed for your subject specialism.
Pre-service applicants: £6500
In-service applicants: £6000
For information specifically about finance and student support, you may wish to contact Chrissie McLean, the HE personal support tutor here at Otley.
If you wish to make an application use the links below to select your chosen course and apply online.
Pre service – Application made direct to the college by clicking here
In service – Application made direct to the university of Huddersfield by clicking here
Alternatively, call the CAT team and they will support you with your application - 08000 224556