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PGCE Post-16 and Further Education (Special Educational Needs)

Become a Qualified Teacher in Special Educational Needs for the Post-16 and Further Education. The course maps to the national framework for Post-16 and Further Education teaching qualifications and leads to QTLS status. You complete six modules and a minimum of 120 hours of lead teaching, either in your place of work or in a placement that we arrange for you.

Course description

Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of special educational needs in Post-16 and Further Education, previously known as Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET), and including 14-19 provision.

It is suitable whether you are new to teaching and need us to find you a placement, or if you are already working as a teacher or trainer within the SEN context and want to become qualified.

The course maps to the national framework for teaching qualifications in Post-16 and Further Education, the new Diploma in Education and Training for Disabled Learners (DET, previously DTLLS). The course is recognised by the professional body, currently the Institute for Learning (IfL) and sector body the Education and Training Foundation (EtF). It enables you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for Post-16 and Further Education, which is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in schools. QTLS is currently awarded by IfL who charge a fee for membership and QTLS registration. An employer may be willing to pay the fee for you.

On the course, you
• develop as a teacher in special educational needs
• develop your knowledge and understanding of educational ideas and theories
• engage with the latest developments for special educational needs in the Post-16 and Further Education context

You apply the course theory through your teaching practice. This consists of at least 120 hours teaching over either one year or two. During the course, University staff and your placement or workplace mentor assess your teaching practice eight times.

Key areas covered include • planning and preparing to teach • assessment for learning • teaching methods • behaviour for learning • using technology in teaching and learning • progression against the professional standards • understanding your wider professional context.

Settings of Post-16 and Further Education and Training include • further education colleges • school sixth forms • higher education institutions • adult and community learning providers • private training companies • public services • 14-19 educational providers.

After successfully completing the course, you gain a level 7 qualification equivalent to DTLLS or the new Diploma in Education and Training, but at masters level, and you can use these 60 credits towards a masters course.

We have partnerships with a range of settings across the Post-16 and Further Education sector, who provide you with a wide range of placement opportunities.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree or equivalent and need an initial teaching qualification, you can study our CertEd Post-16 Education and Training. This route is not available with the special educational needs specialism.

Further information
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Professional recognition

The course is recognised by the Education and Training Foundation (EtF).

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Typically you need

• a good degree or equivalent

• level two (GCSE) or equivalent in English and mathematics*

• experience in a special educational needs context, preferably in a post-16 or further education teaching environment, and a sound understanding of the context

• in-service students must have evidence that they are already working as a teacher or tutor and will teach a minimum of 60 hours in each year of the course, and that their employer will provide a specialist mentor to support them

• the skills and commitment to benefit from higher education

If you already have a relevant qualification such as PTLLS or CTLLS you may be able to enter with prior credit, although you will need to complete all the specialist modules. We actively support widening participation and normally interview all applicants who demonstrate on application that they meet our entry criteria. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

• functional skills English and functional skills maths

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements.

2018 entry requirements

Typically you need

• a good degree or equivalent

• level two (GCSE) or equivalent in English and mathematics*

• experience in a special educational needs context, preferably in a post-16 or further education teaching environment, and a sound understanding of the context

• in-service students must have evidence that they are already working as a teacher or tutor and will teach a minimum of 60 hours in each year of the course, and that their employer will provide a specialist mentor to support them

• the skills and commitment to benefit from higher education

If you already have a relevant qualification such as PTLLS or CTLLS you may be able to enter with prior credit, although you will need to complete all the specialist modules. We actively support widening participation and normally interview all applicants who demonstrate on application that they meet our entry criteria. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

• functional skills English and functional skills maths

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements.

Course structure

Full-time – typically one year

Starts September

Typical modules may include

Modules

• introduction to learning, teaching and assessment • the learner experience (SEN) • professional practice 1 and 2 (SEN) • exploring your specialist context (SEN) • extending teaching for learning

Assessment
  • assessment of practical teaching
  • presentations
  • planning and evaluation exercises
  • preparation of teaching materials
  • written assignments

Employability

We have an excellent graduate employment record. On average 95% of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

Previous students have gone on to teach in • further education colleges • sixth form colleges • schools • public services • private training organisations • voluntary sector.

Others work as educational development officers or similar for local education authorities, non-governmental organisations and charities.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

All full-time Sheffield Hallam applications must be made through UCAS. Apply on-line at www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training

As this is a new course it may not yet have been updated on UCAS. If so please apply for the generic course and state the SEN specialism on your personal statement.

To study the course part-time complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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