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 Secondary 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 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.
College sessions cover aspects such as planning and assessment, behaviour management, SEND, inclusion and safeguarding. Your Tutor will be an important point of reference for your professional development, acting as your individual tutor who will monitor your progress on the whole of the course. In addition to this you have the support of subject specialist tutors all of who have primary 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 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 gthe many professional responsibilities required of a teacher.