The programme is designed to support trainees in developing a range of skills that are required to become a successful secondary school teacher.
-Become effective classroom practitioners; planning and delivering engaging and stimulating lessons
-Learn to recognise the similarities and differences in pupils, particularly in terms of their needs, their behaviour and attainment and how to plan for this in lessons
-Develop a critical understanding of the curriculum and pedagogy
-Begin to understand the complex range of whole school issues, the values and assumptions which underpin them and their application to school and classroom practice.
Successfully completing all aspects of the course, both in school and university based learning, will lead to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), which also carries 60 Masters level credits that may be used towards a subsequent Masters degree. The PGCE (M) component is an academic qualification awarded by the university. It is recognised abroad.
The course also leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). QTS is a professional qualification awarded by the Department for Education.
The key aim of this programme is to enable trainees to become confident, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers. The programme provides opportunities for trainees to explore the theory and practice of teaching the subject through a range of lectures, workshops and tutorials, and to develop their expertise in the classroom through two contrasting school placements.
The course is based on a successful partnership with local schools, where experienced mentors join university tutors in teaching the programme. It aims to give a sense of the place of history in a multicultural society. It also equips trainees to teach across the 11 to 19 age range and to foster learning across the wide spectrum of abilities in local schools. Trainees will enter lively debates surrounding history teaching and its place in the curriculum, including history's contribution to literacy and citizenship.
Trainees are encouraged to share their own expertise and experience. We take advantage of developments in e-learning to stay in touch during placements, to encourage collaborative and creative teaching, and to promote reflective and effective practice. Written assignments give trainees the opportunity to explore the most recent developments in research into teaching and learning, while building upon history at undergraduate or Masters level.
There are three written assignments set and assessed by the university towards the Masters level PGCE element of the qualification.