This course is for mature students who wish to progress to a degree programme in teaching or education studies. You will follow subjects that will aid your application to a Bachelor of Arts programme with qualified teacher status, including English literature, GCSE science equivalence, GCSE maths and English, social history, sociology, psychology, education studies and IT, plus a work experience placement of 30 hours during spring term. You will also have a weekly tutorial.
Qualification: OCN LR Diploma (Education Studies)
Level: Level 3
Timetable: This is a full time programme of study up to 16 hours per week at college. You will receive your timetable when you enrol.
Start Date: September 2013Fees:
Home fee for 2012-13 £1459 including tuition and exam fees. The course may be free if you are:
If you are 19-23 and already have a Level 3 qualification, you will pay 50% of the course fees plus registration and exam fees.
If you are over 24 you may be eligible for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan which will be written off when you complete your degree.
Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.
You do not necessarily need previous qualifications, as we will take your life experience into account. However, before you apply, please note that this is a very demanding course, equivalent to an A-Level programme, so you will need to have a good level of literacy and numeracy (GCSE grade A-C standard) in order to succeed. You will have an initial assessment to assess your suitability for the course. If successful, you will be invited for an interview. If you are not quite ready for the Access course we may offer you another course that will prepare you for the Access course.
You will need to have a CRB check for this course.
If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students study the following core subjects:
If you do not have recent GCSE English and maths qualifications at Grade B or above, it is advised that you take GCSE English and Maths as all teaching degrees require you to have GCSEs in English, Maths and Science.
The course is taught by tutors who have experience with and are sympathetic to the needs of people returning to study after a long break. You will attend classes for 36 weeks during the year and you will not be timetabled in college during the normal school holidays. You will usually be in a group of 20-22 adult students and will participate in a variety of group and individual activities.
Your development and progress on the course will be assessed on a regular basis both informally and formally. You will receive regular feedback from your tutors about your progress.
The assessment procedures vary from module to module and so will depend on what you are studying; there will be some set essays, coursework projects, and tests throughout the course. All of the modules use continuous assessment processes, which means that there is no dependence on final examinations (except GCSE Maths and English).
As you go through the course you will know whether you are meeting the requirements or not, and you will be given opportunities to catch up and make good any problems.
“I have a background in Engineering, but currently teach research methods as well as running private workshops on online marketing. I chose to study the PGCE at West Thames following a recommendation and haven’t regretted it. The knowledge the lecturers have is incredible and the differentiation and inclusivity methods they’ve taught me have been transferred directly in to the classroom.”