The course is part of the School of Education's programme for Initial Teacher Training. Units studied are:
-Meeting Curriculum Challenges
-Becoming a Teacher
These units are studied in both the school and the University-based parts of the course, the work on each site being complementary.
During the 12 weeks of University-based time, you will study the teaching of your main subject in relation to the above components. This includes consideration of a range of teaching styles and resources, including the use of appropriate information and communications technology (ICT), and preparation in all aspects of the National Curriculum including pupil assessment. During this time you also attend sessions in mixed subject groups where cross-curricular issues are covered, such as pupils' learning, classroom management, the organisation of schooling, the broader professional role and theories underpinning decisions and policy in the field of education.
On this course you will be encouraged to investigate ways in which you can help young people to learn. You will analyse the dynamics of what happens when people talk together about an issue that concerns them, or how they use talk to advance their own learning, and you will investigate ways in which you can make this happen in the classroom. You will consider how you might assess the learning that takes place.
You will be asked to read and to understand, analyse and evaluate the wide ranges of texts which you read. If you are sitting in a corner reading the latest novel by a writer of teenage fiction, or an anthology of poetry or lost to the world in a text from the 19th century, you will be working; you will be doing what you are required to do.
You will spend the majority of your time in schools where you will need to be enthusiastic and ready to seize the initiative in the many opportunities that will come your way.
There will be lots of people at the University and in your placement schools who will be only too ready to work alongside you and to support your progress.
24 weeks are spent on placement: a total of eight weeks in one placement during the Autumn term and 16 weeks in a second placement during the Spring and Summer terms.
As well as teaching, the programme includes contact time with a Senior Professional Tutor and a Subject Mentor, directed study time and personal study time.
There is an opportunity to spend time in a primary school and some students may also visit other institutions, such as special schools or colleges of further education.
In order to pass the course, trainees are required to pass each unit. You are assessed on a number of written assignments and also on classroom practice against the standards specified by the Secretary of State for the award of QTS. Before the end of the course it is strongly recommended that trainees take the computer-based QTS skills tests in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT which are set by the Training and Development Agency (TDA).