The secondary PGCE (QTS) programme with QTS is comprised of three modules.
- Subject Studies (Physics)
- Studies and Professional Issues in Education (SPIRE)
- School Experience
Studying at Goldsmiths will challenge you to draw on your developing subject knowledge, explore how to engage pupils to learn physics and promote the teacher as a reflective practitioner. Drawing on research informed pedagogy, we consider what teachers can do to engage pupils in learning physics.
You will learn in collaboration with practitioners to enable you to form your own opinions about physics education through experience and reflective thinking. We anticipate that you will develop qualities that will facilitate becoming not only an effective classroom teacher but a practitioner that will participate in debate to shape and influence the development of physics education.
As well as a focus on your specialist subject, in the SPIRE module, you will be asked to consider the wider issues that impact the young person’s experience of education in the 21st Century. In this module, you will consider a range of issues relating to education, engage with relevant research and identify how all of this informs practice in the classroom.
During the programme, you will spend a minimum of 120 days in school. These days are divided into two block school experiences allowing you to develop a broad understanding of the role of the teacher in contrasting settings. In addition to school placements, you will spend the equivalent of 8 weeks in University. In this time you will have a mix of lectures and small group seminars which are designed to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of your subject area.
Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which is designed to prepare you fully for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher. This programme will be enhanced by ongoing training during school experience and will include aspects such as behaviour management, working with pupils with English as an Additional Language and Special Educational Needs.
The programme is taught and assessed at master’s level. In addition to the award of QTS, if you pass all academic elements of the programme at an appropriate level, you will graduate with 60 master’s level credits which are equivalent to one-third of a master’s degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.