University Calendar 2014/15
Section XIII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Social and Human Sciences

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Academic Unit Southampton Education School
Final Award Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education and Training)(PGCE PCET) (final intake 2011/12)
Intermediate Exit Award
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education and Training

These regulations apply specifically to the PGCE (PCET) programme offered under contract to the Directorate of Education & Training Services (Army) (DETS(A)).
Programme(s) Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education and Training)
Last modified July 2014

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
  1. must satisfy the Regulations for Admission to Degree Programmes as specified in Section IV of the University Calendar;

  2. must satisfy the necessary programme requirements as set out in the programme specification.
1.2 Disclosure and Barring Service
Students will normally need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This will be determined by the student's employer but the University will require written confirmation that the DBS check has been successful or formal notification from the studentís employer that such a check is not required.
1.3 Equal Opportunities
All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedure as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Enabling Services Office to assess their needs.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
2.1 Modes of Study
The programme is normally studied part-time over two academic years commencing in January, May or September.
2.2 Levels of Study
The academic elements of the PGCE PCET are taught through three distinct modules and examined through extended research projects. These modules are taught at FHEQ level 7.
2.3 Students must also, through the school-based practice, acquire a portfolio of evidence demonstrating their competence against the Teachers’ Standards. This process is supported jointly with the University and the student’s employer.
2.4 A full description of the content of the taught modules is published in the programme specification.

3. Progression
Students are assessed through a combination of University tasks and school-based reviews. Students are expected to pass through the Review Statements and complete University-based work in order to progress. Failure to progress will initially be signalled through a Cause for Concern process. This process will detail the difficulties and identify action points and a deadline for improvement. Only when there is no clear indication of progress will students be advised that they cannot progress further. In cases where a student’s behaviour, health and/or professional conduct raises concern, the procedures associated with the University’s Fitness to Practice Policy will be invoked.

4. Assessment
4.1 The PGCE PCET DETS(A) (the Army pathway) award is approved through the Board of Examiners and awarded by Senate. The performance of students is assessed by the Board and the pass mark for assessments is 50% for the three distinct core modules taught at FHEQ Level 7 (30 ECTS/60 CATS). In addition, students are required to complete seven other modules: five FHEQ Level 4 modules (35 ECTS/70 CATS) and two FHEQ Level 5 modules (10 ECTS/20 CATS) across the two years of the programme. These modules are considered core to the programme and must be passed at 40%.
4.2 Examination on the PGCE is coursework-based. Submission dates are published in the programme handbook, made available to students at the  start of their programme of study.
4.3 Candidates who have been unsuccessful in the examination may submit themselves for re-examination on one occasion only. The conditions for re-examination will be prescribed by the Programme Board. Resubmission of written pieces will be made within 4 weeks of the Board of Examiners and approved through Chair of Board's action, unless there are extenuating operational medical circumstances requiring further extension. If the resubmission still fails to meet the standard the student will be viewed to have failed.
4.4 Resubmission of the practical teaching element of the programme will be determined through recommendations made by the programme tutor. This resubmission of practice must take place within twelve months of initial failure, but can take place sooner.
4.5 Further details on the assessment process can be found in the programme handbook.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
The final qualification is awarded at Pass/Fail only, with no distinctions or grades. All students who complete the programme and can demonstrate full achievement at Postgraduate Certificate level, showing FHEQ level 7 achievement in written coursework, will be awarded the PGCE. A minority of students who demonstrate positive academic achievement but who may not show full academic achievement at Postgraduate Certificate Level will receive a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PCET) provided that they fulfil the criteria of the programme at FHEQ level 6.

Modules are taught at FHEQ level 7 and have FHEQ level 7 marking criteria. However, in addition, modules have level 6 marking criteria to record outcomes for the minority of students who do not achieve at FHEQ level 7 but nonetheless demonstrate positive achievement. The programme handbook provides detailed information about course content and marking criteria.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
The programme is a combination of academic and practical study and students are expected to pass all areas of the programme to achieve their award.

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 are required to satisfy the academic and the Attendance and Completion of Programme Requirements as set out in section IV of the University calendar, the programme specification and the programme handbook. Those students failing to do so may have their course terminated (see University Calendar Section IV: Transfer, Suspension, Withdrawal and Termination).

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