PGCE (full-time) Teacher Training for Post-16 in Art Design & Media - Northbrook MET, West Durrington Campus

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Course Code: HE0058-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level, Teacher training Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2021 Duration: 1 Year

Why this course?

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This one year full-time PGCE offers the opportunity to qualify to teach in the Post-16 sector. The course has been established to prepare graduates and experienced professionals in developing teaching knowledge and skills for teaching in Further and Higher Education.

You will teach on a range of courses that will give you the widest possible breadth of experience, including vocational courses for 16-18 year olds, Foundation Diplomas and Bachelor degrees. Uniquely, you will teach and learn in the same college, supported by professional mentors (experienced teachers) who will support you throughout the course.

You will use first class, industry-comparable resources and technologies to support your teaching. New library facilities, MAC suites, music recording studios and rehearsal rooms are just some of the many impressive facilities available.

In terms of learning, you will undertake six modules of study across the year:

  • An introduction to Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training
  • Contemporary issues in Education and Training
  • Teaching Practice in Education and Training - Including a portfolio of teaching practice and four developmental observations
  • Applied Learning Theory and Inclusive Practice
  • Wider Professional Practice in Education and Training - Including a portfolio of teaching practice and four developmental observations (carries on from Module 3)
  • Practitioner Enquiry - Project based around an issue chosen by you

This course content is expertly designed by the University of Brighton to assist you in becoming a forward thinking and reflective practitioner. It is devised with local and national initiatives and legislation in mind, so that you can be confident that your working knowledge is based on current theory and practice. 

Students who complete this course successfully will have developed a personal teaching portfolio permitting them to compete for jobs in the Further Education sector, and not only this, many of our graduating teachers will take jobs in schools, universities and private training organisations because of their unique combination of talents, curriculum experience and confidence.

Candidates should have a degree in a relevant creative discipline (art & design, graphics & illustration, theatre & performance, stage management, media, film & animation, printmaking, photography, dance, interior design, architecture, fashion & textiles, music composition & performance, music technology). This should include a portfolio of creative work that can be supplied at interview.

Candidates will also need to a grade C (or Grade 4 under the new grading system) in GCSE English and Maths (or an equivalent).

Ideally, you will already have some level of teaching or coaching experience, possibly drawn from a previous job role, teaching placement or voluntary work. 

Please complete a personal statement with your application (under 'My evidence' in the online application form).

The one year full-time PGCE offers the opportunity to develop teaching knowledge and skills for teaching in further education institutions. The course has been established to prepare graduates and experienced professionals who wish to teach in the post compulsory sector of education.

You will teach on a range of courses that will give you the widest possible breadth of experience, including vocational courses for 16-18 year olds, Foundation Diplomas and Bachelor degrees. Uniquely, you will teach and learn in the same college, supported by professional mentors (experienced teachers) who will support you throughout the course.

Current post-compulsory education continues to undergo considerable change. Today’s further education must be skilled, resourceful, inventive and technologically-minded. You will have to be adept and innovative in coping with formidable and exacting administrative demands. You will also have to constantly develop and keep apace of the changes in your subject knowledge and styles of delivery.

Students who complete this course successfully will have developed a personal teaching portfolio permitting them to compete for jobs in the Further Education sector, and not only this, many of our graduating teachers will take jobs in schools, universities and private training organisations because of their unique combination of talents, curriculum experience and confidence.

Students will use first class, industry-comparable resources and technologies to support their teaching. New library facilities, MAC suites, music recording studios and rehearsal rooms are just some of the many impressive facilities available.

You will study a number of modules that develop both your subject expertise and your skills as a practising teacher. First, an initial module that develops and refines your presentation skills, then more specialist areas of creative arts practice where you will explore contemporary issues in the further education and creative industry sectors, as well as a practical portfolio covering your observed practice and personal reflections on teaching, learning and assessment.

Finally, a project that centres on a topic of your choice and which appeals to your developing teaching interests. The course is full-time, demanding and will require a high level of commitment. You will need to be experimental, be prepared to listen and learn from others, rigorous, work in teams and be sensitive to the needs of different learners.

Progression and careers

Students who complete this course successfully will have developed a personal teaching portfolio permitting them to compete for jobs in the Further Education sector, and not only this, many of our graduating teachers will take jobs in schools, universities and private training organisations because of their unique combination of talents, curriculum experience and confidence.

Potential careers:

  • Further or higher education teacher
  • School teacher (sixth form)
  • Technical instructor
  • Teaching assistant/study tutor
  • Technician
  • Researcher
  • Private consultant or training instructor

Student feedback

The PGCE course has taught me so much about teaching in Art and Design, playing to my strengths as a Creative Theatre practitioner. I feel the skills I have learnt will help me be successful in any role I apply for,  giving me confidence in my independent thinking and autonomous skills.
 
Over this breadth of the course, I have been fully supported by my tutor. Being a student with a learning disability, they have treated me equally, which has given me lots of confidence in my abilities.
 
The tutors on the course have excellent subject knowledge, including safeguarding, confidentiality, learning theories and teaching us in a detailed and thoughtful way. This has helped me to get the most out of my contact time in lessons. I have found communications are responded to very quickly and I have developed these skills myself as a teacher through tutorial sessions and meetings.
 
The full time course has been very intense, but has provided lots of opportunities also. I would definitely say that you get out what you put in! Importantly, it has taught me to persevere and approach tasks with a growth mindset, learning that anything is possible. I would recommend the course and the fantastic tutors to anyone looking for training within the Post-16 education sector.


- PGCE Art Design and Media student 19/20

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