Our aim is to facilitate your transition from successful graduate to competent teacher. In addition to being an academic course, the PGCE Secondary programme provides a professional qualification (QTS). By the end of the course you should have achieved the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and be confident in teaching all aspects of the Key Stage 3 and 4 National Curriculum at the appropriate level. You will become a reflective practitioner who will be able to improve continuously your own knowledge, understanding and skills.
The PGCE programme is 44 weeks long, commencing early September, with time divided between school placements and Bradford College. The course prepares you to teach within the the secondary age range (11-16).
You will study all areas of the secondary curriculum and link practice to theory, completing 3 modules at Level 7. Bradford College sessions are relevant, often practically-based, and address the subject knowledge, teaching techniques (pedagogy) and professional issues required to teach children.
You will be required to attend a residential field trip to improve your subject knowledge and to demonstrate and practise the skills required to organise out of school visits.
College sessions cover aspects such as lesson planning, behaviour management, equality and diversity, SEND, inclusion and safeguarding. In addition to this you will have subject specific sessions and have the support of subject specialist tutors all of who have secondary teaching experience.
For the award of the PGCE you complete three assessed modules, each worth 20 Credit points at Masters Level. These are:
- Subject Specialist Pedagogy
- Teaching Learning and Assessment
- Educational, Philosophy and Vision
The assessment of the these modules comprises a range of strategies, including essays, academic posters and presentations. the PGCE qualification is validated by the University of Bolton.
By the end of the course you will meet the required standards for newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Your knowledge and understanding of teaching in Secondary schools will be secure. You will be capable of planning, teaching and managing a class and your monitoring, assessment, recording and reporting skills will be well developed. You will understand the issues of accountability and the many professional responsibilities required of a teacher.