The PGCE is a valuable post graduate qualification for any individual wishing to teach in the FE Learning and Skills sector. This will include FE and sixth form colleges and possibly adult training environments or those wishing to work in adult and community education. You will develop skills in planning, delivering and assessing learning activities, combined with the understanding of the learning process and background to post-compulsory education and training. You will undertake a short research project aimed at improving an aspect of teaching and learning.
View the programme specification document for this course
For an application form please email FEadmissions@soton.ac.uk. You will then need to return this with a personal supporting statement.
Please note applications for this course are made directly to the Programme Director at the University and not via the UCAS route. Applications for entry to the course in September 2017 are now open. Please email FEadmissions@soton.ac.uk To request an application pack and remember to include a personal statement outlining why you want to teach and also why you wish to teach particularly in an FE or Sixth form college.
If you require further information before applying for the PGCE –FE please do not hesitate to contact Dr Pauline Dixey at P.A.Dixey@soton.ac.uk to arrange a one to one discussion or to book a slot at one of the many open evenings.
This revised Programme will meet the changing needs and demands of the sector.
For programme contents, refer to the Learning and Assessment tab.
You will generally attend the University approximately 1 day a week and spend 3 days per week at a placement.
For more information please contact the Programme Director, Pauline Dixey at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Programme Administrator at FEadmissions@soton.ac.uk.
Fees and funding
The fee for this programme is in line with all other PGCEs at the University and as an indication the figure for 2015-16 will be £9000 for UK students
A One year full time programme
September 2016 start
A highly desirable qualification for those wishing to teach and/or train in the post-compulsory sector.
The University of Southampton is one of the UK’s leading research-driven universities and our tutors have many years' experience at local, national and international levels.
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Typical entry requirements
|GCSE||GCSEs or equivalent qualifications in Literacy and Numeracy at Level 2. This is a government requirement, and ‘equivalent qualifications’ are as designated by the PGCE admissions team (IELTS qualifications are not considered equivalent)|
You should have a good honours degree from a British University or its recognised equivalent in a subject usually taught in the post-compulsory sector.
10 in 2013, 20 in 2014
All applicants are interviewed. A programme tutor will use your application form as a basis for a discussion about the nature of the Post-Compulsory Education Sector and your potential to work at postgraduate level.
You will be required to undertake a short micro teaching session on a topic of your choice.
You will be required to consider a series of questions and to formulate a short written response which may inform the interview.
You will need to have evidence of your degree qualification, and your commitment to undertaking a PGCE specifically relating to the FE and Learning and Skills sector. You should emphasise why you are interested in teaching and specifically teaching in a General FE college or a Sixth form college within your initial application. In addition please highlight why you wish to teach young adults or alternatively why you wish to teach adults in general.
You will need to be available for most weeks of a full academic year. Some days will be spent at the university and the remainder in a placement at a local FE or 6th form college.
Please note, applicants cannot be registered on any other course from September of the year of entry (this includes PhDs and Masters degrees).
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Typical course content
Typical course content
The start of the course concentrates on practical teaching and planning skills, development of teaching resources, and identifying and supporting the needs of individual students. The next part puts more emphasis upon research and critical analysis of teaching and learning activities, course planning and the management of teaching in the Further Education Learning and Skills sector.
You will develop skills in planning, delivering and assessing learning activities, combined with an understanding of the learning process and background to the FE Learning and Skills Sector.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
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Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, (e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). |
Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module. |
|Equipment||Field equipment and materials (only applicable to Science and Geography modules): A number of essential items will be provided to you e.g. field notebook(s), compass-clinometer, geological hammer, steel tape measure, map case, pocket lens (x 10), safety helmet, safety goggles, bottle of dilute hydrochloric acid, as appropriate.
However, you will need provide yourselves with a ruler, a pair of compasses, set squares, protractor, pencils (including coloured), eraser, calculator, penknife. These can be purchased from any source. |
|Equipment||Laboratory equipment and materials (only applicable to Science modules): All materials will be provided to you at no additional cost. However, you will need provide yourselves with such items as a ruler, a pair of compasses, set squares, protractor, pencils (including coloured), eraser, calculator, penknife. These can be purchased from any source. |
|Equipment||Computer discs (only applicable to Computer Science modules): Generally equipment required will be supplied by the University. Students are expected to have access to a personal computer/device and usual devices such as memory sticks etc.
|Clothing||Lab coats (only applicable for Science modules): The University/School placements will provide.|
|Clothing||Fieldcourse clothing (Only applicable for Science and Geography modules): You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending fieldcourses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
|Clothing||Uniforms: Smart, formal clothing is expected to be worn on school placements. |
|Printing and copying||Assignments are to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy, such as copies of pupil work.
Photocopying and printing costs incurred in school placements are paid by the school. There are limits on the amount of copying and printing that can be done by any individual in most schools. Students need to take this into account when deciding what to print.
|Placements||Travel costs: Trainees are expected to pay for the cost of getting to and from each school placement.|
|Placements||Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance: Trainees are expected to pay for a DBS check, unless they have a portable DBS, or a current DBS issued by the University of Southampton, already in place.
|Other||Optional visits: If any visit is offered as an optional visit, then trainees are expected to bear the full cost. |
|Other||Parking costs: Trainees are expected to bear any parking costs themselves. |
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.