Health and Social Care Foundation

PGCE Health and Social Care (14-19)

Year of entry

 Applications for September 2017 can be made through UCAS Teacher Training.

The PGCE Health and Social Care (14-­19) is a nine month innovative, intensive and unique course preparing graduates for the demands of teaching the 14-­19 age range in both the secondary and lifelong learning sectors.

Your PGCE in Health and Social Care will allow you to become outstanding, inspiring educators who think critically about what this entails.

You will be awarded a PGCE and recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, enabling you to teach in schools and to provide a strong foundation for working in the lifelong learning sector, especially further education.

The course is organised in partnership with schools and further education colleges where you spend 24 out of the 36 weeks teaching.

Our students who enter the PGCE in Health and Social Care originate from a range of academic and professional backgrounds and possess a degree in a subject related to health and social care including the social sciences and early years, or in some exceptional cases an unrelated degree if you have worked in employment related to health and social care.

We welcome applications from those with experience in public sector working, business and industry, particularly where this work has enhanced their knowledge, skills and understanding in health and social care.

The course is uniquely set up for postgraduates to gain experience teaching, learning and assessment both in a school setting and in college or sixth form environments.

On your PGCE 14-19 course here at Canterbury Christ Church University you will study three University-based modules Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies and one placement-based module Professional Practice.

Curriculum Studies involves work across those sectors related to health and social care and is designed as practical concept-based workshops and lecture/seminars, which together enable you to develop a clear personal rationale, and practical strategies for teaching health and social care in the secondary and further education sectors. In the practical workshops, student teachers examine and explore key concepts that underpin the various curricula and syllabi for health and social care.

Professional Studies is focused on exploring the nature of professionalism in teaching, looking in particular at the techniques, practice, language, and approaches to the art of effective teaching.

The module includes consideration of the development of education ideologies to the present day and how they help explain the purpose and expectations of modern education.

Each student will explore how their own ideas and values are brought to bear on teaching and how to find and use their own attributes to teach and inspire each other and their students. There is a strong emphasis on the techniques of using learning technologies, the nature of professionalism, and the characteristics of effective teachers.

The module includes collaborative learning around reflective practice and strong emphasis on sharing of teaching experiences, throughout the module.

Enhanced Studies is a period of study which encourages you to spend an extended period of research, study and teaching in an area of education that particularly interests linked to your continued professional development and aspirations. This can take place in any recognised educational setting locally, nationally and, uniquely, internationally.

Professional Practice are the periods when you are in your teaching placements. These run concurrently and one will be in a secondary context and the other in a specifically sixth form or further education setting.

Your teaching experiences include opportunities to teach GCSE, A-level, BTEC programmes and may include Key Stage 3 in a second subject.

Whilst undertaking your teaching placements you will continue to be supported by your University Curriculum Studies tutor and also by the allocated Subject Mentors in your placements.

You will work closely with your mentors to gain experiences and understanding of learning and teaching within your two placements and which will develop your professional knowledge and practice as a teacher/lecturer.

The key feature of your PGCE is that all learning experiences and opportunities you will have on the course are designed to inform and complement each other culminating in the development of your academic and professional practice as a teacher/lecturer. So you will be prepared initially, and then have the opportunity to reflect on your teaching placement experiences and will have a focus on planning and preparing to teach, assessment for learning, managing behaviour  and team working skills.

You will also be supported in developing your own teaching in an independent environment with a constant focus on guided self-improvement. You will gain confidence in your ability to reflect on your own practical teaching experience and develop important skills such as critical self-reflection while improving your subject and curriculum knowledge.

The PGCE Health and Social Care (14-19) prepares graduates for the demands of teaching the 14-19 age range in the secondary and further education and skills sectors. Candidates will be awarded a PGCE and will be able to gain Qualified Teacher Status after a statutory Induction period in a school, enabling them to teach in schools.

The programme is also designed to provide a strong foundation for working in the further education and skills sector and can lead to QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills) through the process of Professional Formation with the Education and Training Foundation.

Previous PGCE Health and Social Care (14-19) graduates are working in a variety of educational contexts as subject teachers/lecturers and mentors.

This PGCE also enables you to gain up to 60 credits at Level 7 which can be accredited as part of a Masters degree and can be taken onto other universities. 

Your University-based sessions are taught through a series of workshops and subject input with an emphasis placed upon informed discussion, debate and knowledge exchange.

You will be prepared in designing and developing subject based materials to support and complement your placement based experience and practice. There is a practical focus on the skills and abilities required for teaching: for example, presentations, planning and assessment strategies. There is pair, group work, discussions and micro-teaching alongside an individual, personalised approach to developing as a professional teacher.

Your three University-based modules are assessed through small-scale research assignments of 4,000 words each and offer you the opportunity to gain 20 Masters Level credits in each of these modules. You are supported through each of these by means of tutorials with your university tutors.

During your two Professional Practice teaching placements you will be working closely with and supported by teachers/lecturers and assigned to a designated Curriculum Mentor to oversee your developmental needs and progress.

Your Curriculum Studies tutor is Alison Cogger and is experienced in teaching a range of levels and is currently an External Moderator and External Examiner. Alison has experience as a Programme Director and Faculty Director and is undertaking a doctorate in education. 

You are also supported and taught by two other university lecturers.

Geoff Rebbeck contributes to the Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies modules. He has been a teacher and educational advisor in further education for 20 years with a National reputation for the application of e-learning.

For the last five years, he has been involved in teacher training and development and has supported and presented in colleges from Belfast to Edinburgh to the Channel Islands.

He has worked for a number of public sector education agencies and as a contributor to Government policy through the Department of Education.

He has advised the British Council, in particular on education in rural India. He was awarded Fellowship of the Education and Training Foundation in its first year and was the first to graduate with a degree in Education with honours in e-learning from the University of Greenwich.  He won a National Teaching STAR award in 2008 for innovation in teaching and a National Future Learning Award in 2009.

Your Programme Director, Pete Webster, is a Senior Lecturer in Education and has taught and been in management roles in both the secondary and further education sectors. In addition to having an overview of your learning and teaching experiences he is also involved in the Professional and Enhanced Studies elements of your PGCE 14-19.

Your assessment on the PGCE 14-19 course here at Canterbury Christ Church University is through formative methods with a final grading completed at the end of the PGCE.

Each of your three University-based modules (Curriculum, Professional and Enhanced Studies) are assessed through a 4,000 word small-scale research piece and with each of these modules offering you the opportunity to gain 20 Masters level credits it is possible to gain a total of 60 Masters level credits through these three modules.

Both your two Professional Practice placements are formatively and then summatively assessed through the teaching files you have created, your reflective Learning Journal, regular lesson observations by the teachers/lecturers you work with on a day to day basis, your Curriculum Mentors in your teaching placements and your University tutor. There is also an Interim and Final report from both your teaching placements. 



2017/18 tuition fees for this course

Full-time £9,250 **£11,500
Part-time N/A  N/A

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Travel The student will need to meet the cost of travel to and from placements

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.


Applications can be made through UCAS Teacher Training from 18 October 2016 for the September 2017 intake.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • LMNC

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 1 year

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) in a subject related to health and social care, or in some exceptional cases, an unrelated degree if you have worked in employment or activities related to health and social care, English and maths at GCSE (grade C or above) or equivalent, and to have passed the Government's skills tests in literacy and numeracy.
  • A commitment to becoming the best teacher you can be, with a minimum of 10 days recent experience in a UK secondary school or further education college. If you cannot spend the full 10 days in an appropriate setting prior to application, we can still consider your application as long as you have spent five days in an appropriate setting. If you are successful in being offered a place on the course the additional five days would be a condition of your offer and would need to be undertaken prior to starting on the course.



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