The PGCE programme is taught in partnership with secondary schools/colleges. It will prepare you for entry to the teaching profession through developing your expertise in teaching pupils aged eleven to sixteen with post-sixteen enhancement.
You will work alongside experienced teachers, developing class management skills, observing and supporting pupils’ development, becoming familiar with the school’s assessment of the curriculum and acquiring practical experience of inclusive teaching and learning within the school environment. You will develop research-informed understanding of curriculum design and have an excellent understanding of safeguarding practice.
During the training year you will engage in Art, Design and Craft education where you will be exposed to a range of pedagogical approaches to enable you to become an outstanding teacher. You will have opportunities to further develop your own subject knowledge across different aspects of the Art and Design National Curriculum such as drawing, printing, photography, painting, textiles, digital technologies and ceramics for example.
The PGCE will provide you the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of key stage 3, 4 and 5 and will prepare you to adopt a range of assessment and behavioural strategies to support pupil progress. Art and Design subject knowledge days are based at Francis Close Hall campus in a purpose-built Art classroom.
The course gives high priority to developing your abilities in analysis, evaluation and autonomous learning. Placements in contrasting schools provide opportunities to develop your understanding of the teacher’s wider role.
The PGCE is awarded following satisfactory performance in relation to all the standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Evidence of success will be drawn from coursework, study tasks, and teaching competence which is demonstrated on school experience.
In addition, our PGCE offers students the opportunity to gain up to 60 Master’s level credits, with potential progression to a Master’s level degree programme.
During your time with us, you can expect to begin developing knowledge and skills at an expert level, enabling you to thrive in the teaching profession. The course will equip you to make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of children and their families.