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Teaching Practice in Scotlands Colleges PDA

(SCQF level 9)

Teacher and Training Development, Faculty of Education and Society

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Mode of Study

Evening

Start Date

29th Jan 2018, 20 weeks

29th Jan 2018, 20 weeks

Day(s):

Monday

Time:

17:00 - 19:00

Location

City Campus

Cost

£ 615

Overview

The Professional Development Award (PDA) Teaching Practice in Scotland's Colleges will provide you with excellent development (CPD) opportunities.  The course is ideal for you if you are currently employed in a teaching role in further education, or equivalent.  Further details of the topics covered are provided in the section "what you study" below.

You will be assessed continuously throughout this course with the assignments taking the form of observation of your teaching, lesson planning and reflective assignments. There is no final examination.

You will be required to attend college for 2 hours per week for 16 weeks, as well as being observed twice in your own teaching situation.

 

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

PDA Teaching Practice in Scotland's Colleges entrance qualifications are given below, but please note that relevant work experience will be taken into consideration.  You must teach a minimum class contact time of 2 hours per week throughout the course.

This will be teaching adult learners in further education or equivalent.  You need to make your own arrangements for your teaching and have this in place before signing up for this course.  This will not be arranged by the tutor team. Observations are carried out in the Glasgow area.

If you are teaching outside this area, please contact us to discuss your requirements and how these may be accommodated.

You are expected to have the equivalent of the following:

  • Communication skills at SCQF level 6.
  • Numeracy skills at SCQF level 4.
  • IT skills at level 5.

 

Additional selection requirements

Additional selection requirements

  • You must be teaching a minimum class contact time of 2 hours per week throughout the course and be delivering assessed qualifications to adult learners.
  • You need to make your own arrangements for your teaching class contact time.  This will not be arranged by the tutor team.

 

What you study

This Group Award comprises of two HN (SCQF level 9) units based on the professional standards for lecturing staff in Further Education Colleges.

The units are:

  • Plan and Prepare the Learning Experience (H416 36).
  • Learning and Teaching (H417 36).

In the first part of the course, you will focus on how to "Plan and Prepare the Learner Experience". This involves creating:

  • A profile for a group of learners.
  • An inclusive learning, teaching and assessment plan for a minimum of 20 hours of learning.
  • 4 detailed and consecutive lesson plans.
  • A 750-word evaluative report justifying and evaluating your selection of learning and teaching activities, assessment instruments and resources.

Next, you will focus on "Learning and Teaching".  This involves:

  • The observation of a minimum of two teaching sessions covering a minimum of four hours of teaching.
  • A 500-word commentary of how the learners were provided with feedback on assessment.
  • A 500-word commentary on the two observed teaching sessions.

In addition, you will be observed teaching by a tutor in your own teaching situation.  This will be arranged twice on mutually convenient days and times during your course.

 

After the course

Careers

Continuing Study

The PDA in Teaching Practice in Scotland's Colleges articulates onto the TQFE giving credit for one teaching observation at Dundee University and 20 credits at level 9 at Stirling University.

 

  • Mode of Study:
    Evening
  • Start Date:
    29th Jan 2018, 20 weeks
  • Day(s):
    Monday
    Time:
    17:00 - 19:00
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Cost:
    £ 615