Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Teacher training - Art Design & Media PGCE

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Course Code: HE0058-1C Course Type: Teacher training, Degree and university-level, Adult qualifications and professional Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year

This course has been established to prepare graduates and experienced professionals who wish to teach in further education and the post-compulsory sector. Graduates will have disciplines in art & design, media, dance, performance, props, make-up, music, photography, filmmaking, illustration, graphics, games, textiles or fashion.

Key features

  • Learn and teach in the same college
  • A specialist art, design and media route into post-compulsory teaching that is not offered anywhere else across the south coast
  • Students are assigned a college mentor who will support them throughout their programme
  • Students use first class, industry-comparable resources and technologies to support their teaching

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 Foundation/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.

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
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