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Flexible PGCE Secondary School Teaching

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  • Objectives
    The flexible PGCE Secondary School Teaching - awarded 'Grade 1: Outstanding' by Ofsted following a rigorous inspection of training, and management and quality assurance - is designed to meet the needs of people who, for whatever reason, require the benefits of a flexible study programme You may, for instance: -be unable to study full-time due to caring/family commitments, employment or financial reasons -be unable to attend University lectures and need a home-based study programme -have previous teaching experience, and may be able to claim exemption from some modules - thus shortening the course completion period. If successful, you will gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which represents 60 Masters-level credits, and you will be recommended to the DfES for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) The course starts with an Initial Audit of your subject knowledge and school experience, and from this your Individual Training Plan is developed - detailing the modules you will study, when your school placements will take place and how long your course will last The length and structure of your course is dependent upon individual needs, and will be negotiated with you, your subject tutor and your partner school The flexible course has two start dates - October and April each year - and is available in the following curriculum subjects: -Business Education -Design and Technology -Information and Communications Technology -Mathematics -Modern Foreign Languages -Science There are two periods of study, home-based but with the option of University attendance if possible The full course includes three school placements Flexible students have the option of studying part-time but must complete within a maximum of three years The minimum term likely to complete will be four terms, if the full course is needed, less if module exemption is granted Subject knowledge booster courses are available for students who have accepted an offer or enrolled on the following Secondary Teacher Training courses: -Design and Technology -Mathematics -Modern Foreign Languages -Science
  • Entry requirements
    You must have a UK-recognised Honours degree or equivalent Your qualification should include a substantial element of study of a subject appropriate to the secondary school curriculum GCSE Grade C or above, or equivalent, in English and Maths
  • Academic Title
    Flexible PGCE Secondary School Teaching
  • Course description
    Future prospects

    Following successful completion of this award, you can use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education

    The demand for secondary teachers, especially in priority subject areas, is high, and most newly-qualified teachers go straight into full-time employment in schools

    A national survey conducted by the Centre for Education and Employment Research has ranked Wolverhampton as the second most successful UK Higher Education Institute for graduate teacher training employment

    Typical modules may include

    -Self-audit of your subject knowledge, professional knowledge and experience, including a ten-day school placement
    -Introduction to lesson planning, pupil assessment and teaching strategies
    -Development of practical teaching skills over four weeks in a school, supervised by your school-based tutor
    -Seven weeks in a secondary school and one week in a primary school, to further develop practical teaching skills
    -Individually negotiated small-scale research project, including a 10-week school placement

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