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Post-Graduate Certificate in Education(i) for PGCESpain


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Course Overview

The PGCEi course for PGCESpain is made up of four modules each of which is assessed by a 3000 word assignment. Successful completion of the four modules will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education worth up to 60 Masters level credits if written work is completed to a suitable standard. These credits can be used towards a full Masters award (180 credits) from the University of Nottingham.

The content for the four modules has been tailored to PGCESpain and will be taught mainly through a dedicated virtual learning environment including online course materials, learning resources and tutorial support. A complementary face-to-face programme will take place over two weekends (in September and January) and will involve small group discussion, lecture presentations, whole group interaction and individual tutorials.

In conjunction with the PGCEi course, PGCESpain will offer a practical teaching course. The practical teaching component of the programme will be assessed by PGCESpain through the formal observation of teaching and a supported portfolio of evidence relating to standards for practical teaching. The practical teaching award will be conferred by PGCESpain.

The recommended timescale for the course is one year and there is a suggested pathway (see below), although there is flexibility built into the course.


Course Structure: PGCEi

Module 1: Aims of Education

This is an introductory module in which students are encouraged to think about the aims and purposes of education, including professional and whole school issues.

Module 2: Understanding Learning

This module examines major learning theories which currently inform school practices internationally. Students are asked to evaluate these theories and to consider implications for their own teaching practice.

Module 3: Approaches to Teaching

This involves the study of pedagogy through consideration of generic teaching strategies at primary or secondary level. Students are encouraged to evaluate and reflect upon these strategies in their own teaching.

Module 4: School-Based Study

This brings together learning from previous modules and offers an opportunity for research and reflection in the students' placement school.


Course Structure: Practical Teaching Component

PGCESpain will arrange school placements and ensure the support of a mentor and local area tutor who provide regular school based training, support and advice.

There are three strands to the practical teaching component of the course:


One week introductory placement. Secondary PGCE students will spend the week in a range of primary school contexts whilst Primary PGCE students will spend the week in a range of secondary school contexts. The objective of the introductory placement is to familiarise students with different learning contexts and to provide a context for understanding issues of continuity and progression.

Primary or Secondary School Experience: A placement of up to 30 days in a school appropriate to age range studied. Students will undertake a series of observations and tasks relating to process work relevant to the PGCEi modules.

Two Teaching Practice Blocks (13 weeks total): during this time students will be assessed against standards based upon those required for QTS in the UK.

Each of the three strands is supported with a learning record comprising directed tasks and reflections.


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