University Calendar 2011/12
Section XIII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Social and Human Sciences



PREFACE
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SECTION I
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SECTION IV
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Academic Unit Southampton Education School
Final Award Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education and Training)
Programme(s) Post Compulsory Education and Training
Last modified August 2011

Reference should be made to the University's General Regulations found in Section IV and Section V (Higher Degree Regulations) of the University Calendar.

Except where an opt-out has been granted by the University (see below) the following academic regulations apply in addition to the General Regulations.


1. Admissions
 
1.1 Entry Requirements
Candidates must meet the general entry requirements of the University plus, as a nationally endorsed qualification, any additional requirements of the Standards Verification UK (SVUK)/Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK). There are four entry routes for candidates onto the Certificate in Education. These are:
  • Standard Entry
  • Exceptional Entry
  • Direct Entry
  • Exceptional Direct Entry (APEL)
Standard Entry candidates should:
  1. be teachers, trainers or instructors currently working on a paid or voluntary basis within the post compulsory education and training sector, with no less than 150 hours practical teaching over the duration of the Programme.

  2. demonstrate evidence of ability to benefit from first year undergraduate level of study. This would normally be by having two A level passes or equivalent vocational qualifications.
  3. hold level two in literacy and numeracy, or equivalent, on entry.
Candidates who have few, or no, formal qualifications may gain Exceptional Entry onto Year 1 provided they:
  1. are able to demonstrate evidence of an ability to study at first year undergraduate level.

  2. are teachers, trainers or instructors currently working on a paid or voluntary basis within the post compulsory education and training sector with no less than 150 hours practical teaching over the duration of the Programme.

  3. hold level two in literacy and numeracy, or equivalent, on entry.
All such candidates must be interviewed and eligibility for admission is subject to the approval of the Board of Studies.

Direct Entry onto Year 2 is possible for those candidates who:
  1. are able to demonstrate successful completion of the City & Guilds 7407 Certificate for FE Teachers or the RSA Teachers' Certificate Stages 1 & 2, or legacy award as confirmed by the Standards Verification UK (SVUK);

  2. have worked in a teaching and/or training role since completion of the above, if the qualification was gained 5 years ago or more;

  3. hold level two in literacy and numeracy, or equivalent, on entry;

  4. have evidence of an ability to study at first year undergraduate level;

  5. are teachers, trainers or instructors currently working within the post compulsory education and training sector, with no less than 75 hours practical teaching over Year 2 of the Programme.
In exceptional cases where an applicant would not require support in order to present evidence a candidate could gain Exceptional Direct Entry (APEL) onto Year 2 of the programme if they are able to demonstrate:
  1. evidence of competence against all Year One units (evidence is presented in a portfolio) some evidence may be articulated;

  2. evidence of an ability to study at second year undergraduate level;

  3. that they are teachers, trainers or instructors currently working within the post compulsory education and training sector, with no less than 75 hours practical teaching over Year 2 of the Programme;

  4. Numeracy and literacy skills at level two or above.
All such candidates must be interviewed and eligibility for admission is subject to the approval of the Board of Studies.
1.2 Criminal Records Bureau
Students will normally need to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. This will be determined by their employer but the University will require written confirmation that the CRB check has been successful or formal notification from the studentís employer that such a check is not required.
1.3 Equal Opportunities
In line with the Universityís Equal Opportunities Policy, individuals are treated on their relevant merits and abilities and are given equal opportunities within the module, School and University. The aim of the policy is to ensure that no prospective student or current student should receive any less favourable treatment on any grounds which are not relevant to academic ability and attainment. Every effort is made to ensure that disabled students are aware of and assisted in making use of the support provided by the University; to ensure access to lectures, classes, learning materials; and to ensure that where necessary appropriate variations to normal examining arrangements are made.


2. Structure of Programme(s)
 
2.1 Modes of Study
The programme is normally studied part-time over two academic years.
2.2 Levels of Study
The programme is structured over two academic levels of study. Successful completion confers 70 CATS (35 ECTS) at Level 4 and 80 CATS (40 ECTS) at Level 5. Each level contains modules in pertaining to the academic study of pedagogy and andragogy, including research skills, as well the development of practical teaching skills and techniques.


3. Progression
 
Post-compulsory Education and Training programmes follow the University of Southampton's regulations for progression.


4. Assessment
 
4.1 Marking Scale
Assignments in Year 1 are marked on a Pass/Fail basis as are the Student Support, Coaching Unit and the Professional Practice, Development and Reflection modules   in Year 2. The pass mark for Curriculum Development and Evaluation, Action Research and Extending Professional Practice modules   and the Context of PCET is 40% (see the University of Southampton's regulations). Observation of practice is marked in accordance with OfSTED guidelines on a 1-4 basis, with 1 being Outstanding and 4 being Inadequate.
4.2 Fails, repeats and referrals
PCET programmes follow the University of Southampton's regulations for fails, repeats and referrals. All referral activities will be based on the syllabus as taught originally to the students and not on any curriculum changes that might have occurred subsequently.
4.3 Special Considerations
If a student misses an assessed piece work through illness or other good reason, or under-performs for a specific period because of external factors, then that student can apply to the Special Considerations Board.
4.4 Examination Board
All students' performance shall be assessed by the Programme's Examination Board.
4.5 Academic Integrity
The programme follows the University's regulations on cheating, plagiarism and academic integrity. In addition, the programme requires all students to submit selections of their work to the JISC TurnitinUK service. Students are informed of assessment submission procedures at the start of each academic year and at appropriate times throughout the academic year. Failure to follow the specified submission procedures could result in the work being penalised.


5. Award of Qualification(s)
 
5.1 Certificate Classification
The Certificate is awarded on a Pass/Fail basis.
5.2 Intermediate Exit Awards
There are no intermediate exit awards. Students who wish to leave at the end of year 1 are entitled to a transcript detailing their performance.


6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
 
6.1 Observation of Practice
All students are required to undertake a number of observed teaching sessions, the details of which are outlined annually in the Programme Handbook (available at www.education.soton.ac.uk) and may be subject to change as determined by Standards Verification UK/Lifelong Learning UK.


7. Other
 
7.1 Change of Regulations
These regulations may be revised during the student's period of registration in accordance with the procedures approved by Senate.
7.2 Attendance
Students should comply with the Universityís regulations on attendance. For absences caused by illness or injury, students will need to provide a medical certificate if they are absent for three consecutive sessions.




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