Education Studies: BA (Hons) Full Time (Top-up)
The BA Honours Degree in Education is a top-up programme of 120 credits at Level 6 for those who already hold a foundation degree (such as the existing Foundation Degrees in Education and Training, Early Years, and Supporting Teaching and Learning) or their equivalents at Level 4 & 5 with total credits of 240. It will give participants a new network of colleagues and an opportunity to enjoy the challenges of further study for a full degree award.
Foundation Degree: Supporting Teaching and Learning
The Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning is a 2 year full-time course providing you with an opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills in supporting teaching and learning in the classroom. It will give you an opportunity to network with colleagues and to enjoy the challenges of further study. The course is validated by the University of Greenwich. Whilst the Foundation Degree is a qualification in its own right, with further study it can also lead to a top-up BA Honours Degree.
Professional Certificate in Education (FE and Skills Sector) - Full Time
The Professional Certificate in Education (PCE) at Nescot is a full time (Pre-Service) one year course validated by the University of Greenwich. This course is meant to provide individuals with a professional teaching qualification, in particular those without a degree but having a professional or vocational competency qualification at Level 3 or above and who would like to teach students aged 14 years or older learners.
Professional Certificate in Education (FE and Skills Sector) - Part Time
The Professional Certificate in Education (PCE) at Nescot is a two-year part-time course leading to a recognised level 5 teaching qualification, validated by the University of Greenwich. With a further year’s study, it can lead to a Top-up BA(hons) in Education Studies.
FD in Early Years Pedagogy (0-8 years)
This new and exciting course has been created by highly-experienced lecturers in response to early years educators and primary school teachers who recognise the need to bring more playful and fresher, developmentally-appropriate approaches to the teaching and learning of young children. Nescot is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards.
Healthcare Play Specialism: Foundation Degree
Nescot is pleased to work with the University of West London, in delivering the Foundation Degree in Healthcare Play Specialism. The course is designed for individuals wishing to study for a career as a registered Health Play Specialist. This degree supports the development of professional competencies in the field of therapeutic play for children and young people in hospital and community healthcare settings. Successful completion of the programme leads to registration with the Healthcare Play Specialist Education Trust (HPSET).
PGCE (FE and Skills Sector) - Full Time
The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (Post-compulsory) at Nescot is a one-year full-time course leading to a recognised level 6 teaching qualification, validated by the University of Greenwich. The PGCE requires 100 hours of mandatory teaching practice during the period of training. Nescot will help to provide teaching practice placement for full time applicants. Placement places are limited and distributed on a first-come first-served basis.
The Teacher Training Department at Nescot prides itself on flexible and targeted provision of courses for those who want to teach in the post 16, lifelong learning sector.
These courses are designed for those with a real passion for teaching and will show you how to transmit that passion directly to your students in the classroom arena while giving you the solid qualifying foundations you need to teach in this exciting sector.
Our students range from those who have spent years in a teaching environment and want to take their careers to another level, to those who have little experience in the sector but the passion and drive to succeed. The structure and timings of our courses are designed for those with busy working and family lives.
We keep our class sizes small, at around 16 students, so you not only get much more individual attention from your tutors but build a real relationship with your classmates. Our expert tutors will also pinpoint the areas you are most challenged by and give you the personal skills and tools to master them. We then encourage you to learn from one another and bring your own experiences to the course using group work sessions, paired work and class discussions. You will even observe and evaluate one another’s teaching sessions as well as observing talented advanced practitioners in action.
Our staff have years of teaching experience in schools, colleges, corporate training and staff development and with specific community groups. We have specialised expertise across a range of needs, including behavioural and dyslexia. There are very few challenges within teaching that our staff have not met before and they fully understand the demands on the modern practitioner.
Judith Lawler (BEd (hons), PGDip) – Programme Coordinator
Judith is the programme coordinator for Nescot’s post-compulsory teacher training courses – PGCE & PCE. Before joining the teacher training team in 2005, she held the roles of Advanced Practitioner and Learning Development Advisor to support and implement cross-college initiatives as well as supporting staff through mentoring and the delivery of staff development.Previously Judith taught for 15 years in secondary education in different schools and across a range of subjects, though focussed mainly on maths, geography and IT/Computer Studies. When she left her last secondary school she was a member of the management team and responsible for a curriculum area.Judith is a graduate and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning and actively engages in continuous professional development.
Dr. Seidu Salifu (BA (Hons) Dip Ed, MA, PGCE, PhD)
Dr. Salifu is Head of Higher Education at Nescot and also teacheson Education programmes, including research and ethic and professional in Osteopathy.He has 29 years of teaching experience spreading across secondary, Further andHigher Education. His background is in Sociology of Education and he has been ateacher trainer for 15 years. Seidu’s interest areas include contemporaryissues in Education, Educational Management, Social Research, comparativeeducation including ethics and professional practice.
Shulamay Davis – Course Tutor
Shulamay’s background specialty is in Early years holding extensive experience in day nurseries in a range of different roles from Management to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Through study, Shulamay’s passion for education grew and she wanted to share this passion with others, which is why she made the transition from student to teacher all here at NESCOT. When Shulamay is not teaching here she runs her own business, teaching mindfulness to children in school and nurseries.Promoting mental wellbeing is something of great importance to her along with inspiring and facilitating talented educational professionals in their learning journeys.
Mark Warner (MA (Education), NPQH, BEd (SEND), FCCT) – Course Leader for the Foundation Degree in Education Support and the BA in Education Studies
Prior to NESCOT Mark was a deputy headteacher at a non-maintained residential special school for boys with SEMH/ASC, meeting the needs of boys Years 2 through 8.He has worked in a wide range of special school settings over a 36-year period; ranging from EYFS to Sixth Form, PMLD to GCSE, with experience of a wide range of Learners with Learning Disabilities and Learning Difficulties.He has extensive senior management experience leading on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Mark has also worked for a Local Authority School Improvement Service, leading on LA wide initiatives, delivering training for the LA and for individual schools on matters relating to SEND. Mark also trained as an Ofsted Inspector.
Our staff’s years of experience in the sector mean they have access to a wide variety of speakers in specialist areas, who come to share their knowledge with our students. You will hear from experts in such fields as Continuing Professional Development and Neuro Linguistic Programming, as well as professionals who support students and teaching like Student Finance and counselling experts.
We also work closely with teaching institutions in the area, including Farnborough College, the University of Greenwich and other adult education providers.
This department is staffed by people who are fascinated by and passionate about teaching. We pride ourselves on the level of support we give to every student and are motivated by the pleasure and confidence our students gain from their success. These courses are literally life changing. Many of our students have spent years accumulating knowledge in their fields and our courses enable them to pass that knowledge on as expert teachers and trainers in this deeply satisfying sector.
The teaching is brilliant, and the tutors are really supportive. The course work particularly well for people who have come to teaching later in life, and might have other commitments like a family. I would recommend Nescot to anyone. It's the perfect size: small enough that it feels like family, but big enough that you get access to amazing facilities.Watch our video