You’ve gotta love it to do it. Great teachers are about the greatest people there are. There are few more rewarding or worthwhile professions you can join. But then we would say that, and so could you.
The teacher training programme University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College includes the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and the Certificate in Education if you don’t already hold a first degree.
These are professional qualifications for people teaching in FE colleges, sixth form colleges, schools, adult education, prison education, higher education, and a wide range of other post-14 education and training settings. If you are just starting out, then the one year full time course is for you. If you are already in a teaching and training role, then there is the two year part time option.
Throughout the course, fundamental principles of practice are underpinned by reference to theoretical perspectives, thus encouraging you to link theory to practice. The course encourages you to achieve its aims by engaging in activities directly related to your own teaching context. Successful completion of the course is determined by continuous assessment. You will be assessed through a mixture of essays, reports, assignments and practical tasks as appropriate for the learning outcomes of each module. You must also pass the practical teaching elements of the course, with teaching observations throughout the course.
Please note that applications for this course are taken directly by the University, not through UCAS Teacher Training. For entry requirements and more information, please see the course page on the University of Suffolk website.
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