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  • Objectives
    This programme offers Qualified Teacher Status for the 11-19 age range in secondary schools. Out of the thirty-six weeks of the programme, you spend twenty-four weeks on practical experience in a local secondary school. You also benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a team of practicing teachers from our partner schools.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements A degree (at least 50% in the subject you wish to teach) awarded by a UK university or an award recognised as equivalent by the Department for Education and Skills. Plus GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or equivalent. Personal suitability for teaching is important and is assessed at interview. A minimum of 2 weeks' experience in a State Secondary School required prior to interview. Enhanced Criminal Record Bureau screening required.
  • Academic Title
    Secondary Education PGCE
  • Course description
    This is a professional training programme offered in six subjects: art, business studies, English, mathematics, modern foreign languages and science. It introduces you to the requirements for teaching a subject to the 11-19 age range (14-19 for business studies) and leads to Qualified Teacher Status. You will follow courses in subject studies and a teaching and learning course that introduces you to principles and theories of secondary teaching.

    The programme has been designed to meet the government’s requirements for the training of teachers for the 11-19 phases in secondary schools. Local schools and colleges have been involved in all aspects of the programme, from the initial development to day-to-day delivery. We work with over fifty partnership secondary schools and this provides the basis for all school-based elements of the programme.

    A unique feature of the programme is the involvement of a team of teacher tutors. They spend part of each week at the University working with students on the subject studies elements. As practising teachers in local secondary schools they bring their knowledge and expertise direct to our trainees. Our students have confirmed that this innovative approach is a major contribution to the overall success of the programme.

    Work placement
    School experience is at the heart of the programme and during the thirty-six week programme you spend twenty-four weeks in school, and the rest of the time on campus. The school experience is made up of a number of serial day placements, including visits to a primary school and a special school and two block placements in partner secondary schools. Teaching methods
    The award of the PGCE is based on your performance in school during placements, passing the formally assessed written assignments and the submission of an Initial Teacher Education Profile (ITEP) which provides evidence of meeting the DfES standards required to gain Qualified Teacher Status. The ITEP contains a range of documentary evidence drawn from school and campus based elements of the programme.

    There are no written examinations except for the Teacher Training Agency skills tests, which all trainee teachers need to pass during their training.

    Course content

    Year 1 - full details

    Core modules

    -School Placement (Secondary) - PGCE
    -Secondary General Professional Studies - PGCES

    Optional modules

    -The Teaching of Art and Design - PGCES
    -The Teaching of Business Education - PGCES
    -The Teaching of English - PGCES
    -The Teaching of Mathematics - PGCES
    -The Teaching of Modern Foreign Languages - PGCES
    -The Teaching of Science - PGCES

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