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Postgraduate Diploma in Education (FE and Skills Sector)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education is for anyone teaching or interested in teaching in a Further Education and skills settings and in all subject areas including engineering, science, construction, sport science, maths, English, social sciences, languages, SEND, retail, hospitality and catering, leisure and tourism, business, IT, learning technologies, childcare, healthcare and art and design. The PGDE is a qualification similar to the PGCE but with the advantage that it offers you the chance to study entirely at Level 7.

All successful applicants otherwise known as teacher trainees will be expected to attend a two-week long induction programme which will prepare them for teaching in the FE and Skills Sector.

Teacher trainees are required to attend the University for two taught days per week. Sessions last for a whole day, typically 10am-3pm with breaks and lunch (seven specialist days throughout year 9.30am-4.30pm). The days are highly interactive and combine a range of pedagogical approaches designed to model good practice and give trainees ideas which could translate into their own classroom practice. This usually involves presentation, whole and small group work, peer learning and assessment and the use of a range of new technologies (e.g. voting technology, iPads) to support learning.

Teacher trainees are expected to attend a placement, which could be in any lifelong learning setting, for two days per week for the duration of the course, and can be anywhere across the Midlands.
Trainees can source their own placements and liase with the placement officer or we will source them.

Teacher trainees are expected to complete at least 150 hours teaching practice, and will be observed at least eight times during the programme (by an experienced subject mentor and/or a subject specialist teacher trainer). It is expected that trainees will build on and develop their practice throughout these observations, in line with Ofsted standards. Trainees will also have the opportunity to observe a peer. Teaching observations form a key aspect of the summative assessment for this course.

This video was filmed in May 2018.

Key Facts

Starts: September 2019

Level: Postgraduate (Level 7)

Length: One year (Full-time)

Venue: Campus/Placements

Typical Week of a Trainee Teacher


Success Stories

“If it is the right thing for you, I would encourage anyone and everyone to return to education..” Sue, Graduate 2018