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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Top Up)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Part time 1 year Weekend attendance and online learning September

Choose Kingston's Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Top Up)

If you are an experienced teacher who already has Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), this flexible PGCE top up course enables you to achieve the academic award of a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education to further develop your career. Applicants will already have completed routes into teaching such as School Direct or the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) and achieved QTS without the academic award.

The following pathways are available:

  • PGCE (top up) Early Years
  • PGCE (top up) Primary
  • PGCE (top up) Secondary

What will you study?

You will learn about education and teaching policy and practice, and how these impact in your classroom experience. You will develop your critical evaluation skills and explore current issues in teaching and learning.

You will study for two modules combining interactive, face-to-face learning plus private study.  The interactive learning will include taught sessions with discussions and activities and is planned to fit around practising teachers' work commitments. 

The taught sessions will take place at six conferences on Saturdays during the academic year.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Core modules

  • This module introduces students to the theoretical perspectives, substantive issues and operational strategies which are relevant to understanding and enhancing professional practice. Tools of analysis will be evaluated to enable students to conceptualise their experiences of professional identity in workplace environments and to consider how a professional becomes research-informed and research-engaged in, and beyond, their 'situatedness' of practice.

     
  • This module introduces students to reflective/reflexive practice through a focus on situations within a variety of professional settings where outcomes for children, young people and families are enhanced through interprofessional partnership. This will enable students to contextualise issues of professional identity within interprofessional practice.

    Main features of the module are critical exploration of a range of ethical perspectives relevant to working with children and young people birth to 19 years and adults in relation to policy formulation, practice-orientated knowledge and professional skills and attitudes. Students will develop the collaborative communication skills required for leadership constructs that can facilitate change while supporting and enhancing professional /interprofessional development.

    Through completion of a reflective journal during the module students will develop critical reflective practitioner skills to inform peer and colleague discussion within a learning community and challenge practice.

     

     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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