- Level(s) of study: Postgraduate/Professional
- Study mode(s): Full-time/Part-time
- Location: Taught programme at NTU Clifton Campus and placement at Confetti
- Starting: September
- Course duration: One year full-time, two years part-time
This Post-Compulsory Education degree is suitable for applicants with experience in creative technologies, including gaming, VFX, film & TV, music or live events.
It leads to one of three teaching qualification in the post-compulsory education sector: PGCE (with 60 Master’s Level credits); Prof GCE (Level 6); or Cert Ed (Level 5).
All these awards meet the national professional standards, and allow you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) when you have completed the course. QTLS has been recognised as equivalent to QTS allowing holders to work in secondary schools.
We equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for the demanding role of teacher/tutor.
The course is endorsed within the national framework for the sector and constitutes the University's equivalent of the Diploma in Education and Training
For the PGCE/Prof GCE:
- a UK honours degree, at a minimum 2.2 in a relevant subject specialism; and
- relevant work experience will strengthen your application.
For the Cert Ed:
- A-level at grade C or equivalent; or
- substantial industrial / commercial experience in the intended subject specialism.
- an interview held at Confetti;
- a Disclosure and Barring Service check;
- a Prohibition Order check;
- a satisfactory health check;
- GCSE English and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4 or equivalent; and
- one academic or vocational reference.
Basic knowledge of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is an advantage.
To join this course in September, applications must be made before 1 September (with an agreement of interview for late applications). To ensure you have a place on the course we recommend you apply as soon as possible.
How to apply
This course is offered at three award levels. You apply for either the PGCE or CertEd depending on your qualifications and will be assessed for the ProfGCE whilst on the course.
Writing your application
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Keeping up to date
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Modes of study
Full-time trainees are in placement for three days a week over the one-year duration of the course. Part-time trainees are in placement for one day a week over two years on the course. University sessions are held one day a week on Tuesdays. The part-time route is ideal for students who wish to work or have other commitments whilst on the course.
Teaching practice is undertaken one day a week over the duration of the programme. During their time in the host college/centre students are supported by a mentor - a member of staff from that centre who is a specialist in Mathematics and Numeracy. University sessions are held one day a week, with some directed study days within the year.
What you'll study
The aims of the course are to prepare you to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and learning activities in the post-compulsory education sector and to help you to develop appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes. It will equip you with an ability to reflect upon and learn from your professional practice and build confidence in your ability to perform your professional roles whilst creating a sound foundation for further professional and career development.
You will follow a course of study and research which covers an introduction to post-compulsory education; curriculum issues, particularly around inclusive practice; and quality; principles of learning and the characteristics of the post-14 learner; planning for learning and methods of teaching and assessment. Fully integrated into this course is a structured and supervised practical teaching component in one of our partner institutions.
You could be placed at Confetti, where you will complete a minimum of 150 hours of teaching experience. You will be supported throughout the experience by a mentor who specialises in your subject.
The postgraduate course will be based at the Clifton Campus. Teaching practice is undertaken three days a week (a minimum of 150 hours teaching) over the duration of the programme. During their time in Confetti students are supported by a mentor - a member of staff from Confetti who is a specialist in the student's subject area. University sessions are held one day a week.
As a PGCE student your placement will be based at our brand-new, £9.1 million Confetti HQ on Lower Parliament Street right in the heart of the Creative Quarter.
NTU’s City Campus
As a Confetti student, you’ll also have access to the facilities at the NTU City Campus. This is just a ten minute walk away, and boasts cafes, shops, a gym, a three-story Students’ Union building, and an art gallery. You’ll have full student access to the Boots Library right in the centre of the campus, fully equipped with journals, articles, books and e-resources, as well as a laptop loan service and PCs for student use. There’s also a dedicated postgraduate study room at the Boots Library; a private space for postgraduate students to work and study.
You will get to be involved with Confetti’s annual Industry Week. Taking place in March each year, it will form the basis for you to present your work to date as part of this event and gather important feedback from industry specialists in order to inform future work and development.
Our heavyweights have included the likes of award-winning filmmakers Nick Broomfield, Shane Meadows, Aardman Animations – the Oscar winning creators of Shaun the Sheep, TV’s Stacey Dooley, Rockstar Games, Playstation, as well as some of the most respected names in the music industry – from Radio 1’s Andy Rogers and Mistajam to Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis, Rudimental's Piers Aggett and Easy Life's Murray Matravers.
Postgraduate students also have the opportunity to curate and deliver your own events as part of Industry Week.
The aims of the course are to prepare students to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and learning activities in the post-compulsory education sector and to help students to develop appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes. It equips students with an ability to reflect upon and learn from their professional practice and build students' confidence in their ability to perform their professional roles whilst creating a sound foundation for further professional and career development.
All students follow a course of study and research which covers an introduction to post-compulsory education; curriculum issues, particularly around inclusive practice; and quality; principles of learning and the characteristics of the post-14 learner; planning for learning and methods of teaching and assessment. Fully integrated into this course is a structured and supervised practical teaching component in Confetti.
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