ALERT : Change to May Half-Term dates: Half-term for students will start on Thursday 21st May 2020, online teaching will start again on Monday 1st June 2020. This is because your teachers are working on calculated grades
Note: You will have seen in the news that some schools/colleges are preparing for students to return on 1st June. This is not the case for us. Please continue with your learning at home until you hear otherwise.
Ardleigh Green Campus is open – only for those students that have been identified as needing to attend. All other Havering Campuses remain closed.
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Level 6 (PGCE)
The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education is a one-year pre-service
programme over 32 weeks and is run in partnership with the University of East
London (UEL). Over the year you will explore the theoretical, sociological and
practical aspects of becoming a good teacher. Whatever your subject specialism,
you could pass on your knowledge and expertise to other people.
There are six compulsory modules (programme components), totalling 120
credits. Trainees will be supported in finding a placement within the
post-compulsory education and training sector to ensure completion of 100 hours
teaching practice over the programme duration. This is a classroom-based course
and trainees will attend taught sessions for 10 hours per week.
You will study a selection of modules:
Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector: classroom practice and
craft 15 credits
Learner Support in the lifelong learning sector: professional values and
sector context 15 credits
Assessment and feedback in learning and teaching 15 credits
Learning from policies - context and practice 15 credits
Active Research Inquiry 30 credits
Portfolio of professional development and practice 30 credits
In addition, trainees will need to successfully complete 8 assessed teaching
practice sessions against the professional standards for the lifelong learning
sector as well as provide the appropriate evidence bundles for these over the
The full qualification is worth 120 credits.The overall outcome for the
course is pass or fail. For full-time students, the course is studied over a
period of one academic year. Attendance is 1.5 days per week plus placement. The
course will take place at our Ardleigh Green campus.
A full degree, minimum 2.2 classification in a subject specialist area
GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent Level 2
qualifications You will be required to undergo a two-stage interview
process? A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at a charge of £44
A strong level of commitment to teaching
If you are interested in applying for the course, please contact the
or call 01708 455011.
As a trainee you will be enrolled on a course of study leading to the award
of a degree of the University of East London (UEL). As such, you are regarded as
a student of the University of East London as well as Havering Colleges and both
institutions work together to ensure the quality and standards of the course on
which you are registered. The final responsibility for all quality assurance,
validation and standards’ matters rests with UEL.
Where will it take me?
Successful completion of the course leads to the award of the Professional
Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) by the University of East London. This
course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career as a
lecturer in a further education setting, teaching lifelong learning and
skills-based courses. The course has been designed to meet the requirements of
the further education sector industry and is underpinned by the research
knowledge and industry experience of our staff. With this qualification you will
be trained to teach across a variety of contexts, and will be equipped to find
work in settings including:
Colleges of Further Education Adult Learning Colleges/Centres
Community Learning Colleges/Centres Prisons and Youth Offending Services
Sixth Form Colleges Sixth Form Centres Teaching in secondary
education - at the discretion of the school
Upon successful completion of the course, you will have the opportunity to
gain QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills) status once you have become a
member of the Society of Education and Training (SET) and undertaken
professional formation. Please note that UEL and Havering Colleges do not confer
this status, but we can offer support with the application.
Course Assessment Method
Assessment for learning takes place throughout the sessions and is designed
to examine students’ understanding of the pedagogy and requirements of summative
assignments. There will be formal, or summative, assessment at the end of each
module. You will be assessed in all the modules that you study. The programme
team has designed a range of assessment methods to test your learning and
development as you progress through the programme.
Assessment will take place during or immediately on completion of the
teaching of each module. Assessment will usually involve submitted
assignments/in-programme assessments, formal assessments (written, practical,
portfolio or oral) or both.
HE programmes at Havering Colleges are taught and assessed using learning
outcomes and QAA Benchmarks (where available) to enable you to demonstrate
learning and achievement for modules, levels and programmes. All learning
outcomes have to be successfully addressed in the assessment process.
You will also be required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of practical
teaching and pass eight formal lesson observations over the duration of the
You must pass all modules and lesson observations in order to complete
the course and gain your qualification. Results for each module (Pass or Fail)
will be presented to the Assessment Board.
The teaching year begins in September and ends in June. A typical student
registered in full-time attendance mode will study the equivalent of 120 credits
over one academic year and will attend College for one and a half days per week
(10 hours). Trainees have to complete 100 teaching hours across the academic
year with an expectation of being in placement for two full days alongside
All of our teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field of
education. All students are allocated a personal tutor who will be your first
point of communication should you have any queries or concerns. Regular 1:1
sessions will take place within the classroom where there will be the
opportunity to discuss your course and progress. You will also be supported by a
mentor within your placement who will work alongside your tutor and classroom
Where and When
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Level 6 (PGCE)