The PGCE programme in your chosen subject will give you the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the PGCE award. The PGCE carries 60 credits at Masters Level which could later contribute towards a Master’s Degree in Education (180 credits).
The programme covers a wide range of topics that you will need to address as a teacher. These include planning for learning, classroom management, inclusion, assessment, subject work, wider school issues and other important topics. The topics are not just covered once in the course but are regularly revisited during the year in various contexts. This approach allows continual reinforcement and deepening of your knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning.
The course duration is approximately 180 days. You will spend approximately 60 days during the course of the training, mostly outside of the classroom on many aspects of teaching. Most of these 60 days of training will be at the Lancaster campus. A number of days will be subject specific, designed to develop your knowledge of how to teach your subject known as Pedagogy for Learning (PFL) days. On these days the both School Direct and university based students are taught together. The other 120 days will be in two contrasting school placements. For these placements you will be supported by both school and university colleagues to meet the QTS standards (this is with the exception of secondary PE for which training is delivered in partnership with, and based at, Kirkbie Kendal School in Kendal).
The course is assessed in two different ways. The placement module for the QTS element is assessed by school and university colleagues on a pass/ fail basis using a widely recognised trainee teacher assessment matrix. You will also prepare an electronic portfolio to submit as evidence of meeting the QTS standards. The two modules connected to the PGCE are assessed by the submission of four written assignments on teaching and learning in your subject and wider educational issues. The four written assignments are spread across the year to try to even out workload and two of them are formative to help develop your Masters level writing towards the two summative assignments.
The University of Cumbria and its legacy institutions, St Martins and Charlotte Mason colleges, have a long history of training successful teachers and an excellent record in producing good and outstanding teachers.