The school direct Business Studies PGCE will develop the professional skills and attitudes to teach business and/or economics in schools and colleges, as part of both academic (AS/A2 and GCSE) and applied courses.
The PGCE emphasises the particular skills you will need to teach young people aged 14 to 19, and prepares you to make links between education and industry. You may teach some economics and business elements of citizenship and PSHE as part of your practical teaching experience.
Students will understand how business/economics is taught in schools, how pupils learn and make sense of the evolving nature of business/economics. This is reflected in the range of business-related courses that are now offered by schools, sixth forms and colleges, with the focus in some instances on entrepreneurship and new business technologies.
Students will be joining one of the largest Business PGCE programmes in the country, allowing them to benefit from a team of tutors with a wide range of expertise of business, both inside and outside of the classroom.
The dynamic nature of business means that students benefit greatly from practical experiences and learning outside of the classroom. The IOE offers students the ability to visit places such as the London Stock Exchange and the Bank of England.
Both Business and Economics are popular subjects within secondary schools. Because of this there is a high demand for teachers who are experts in this field, leading to lots of job opportunities in schools in and around London.
You will develop knowledge and understanding of the national curriculum, its targets and content, together with an understanding of wider statutory requirements. You will advance your teaching and classroom management skills to a high level, and enhance your capacity for self-reflection and further professional development.
You will undertake two school placements during your training and these will be at two of our excellent alliance schools.
UCL IOE is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary Education. All school direct trainees have full access to UCL student support services/facilities.
The school direct programme follows the exact same structure as the PGCE route and awards the PGCE and QTS. The only difference is students apply directly to the NRTA via the DfE ‘Apply’ service. Candidates will still attend the same university lectures.
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