The Secondary PGCE (QTS) Part Time programme is designed to take place over two academic years and is comprised of three modules.
- Subject Studies (Chemistry)
- 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 chemistry and promote the teacher as a reflective practitioner. Drawing on research informed pedagogy, we consider what teachers can do to engage pupils in learning chemistry.
You will learn in collaboration with practitioners to enable you to form your own opinions about chemistry 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 chemistry education in the future.
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. The SPIRE module will be assessed in Year 2 of the programme.
You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days in school. They 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. This module will be assessed across Years 1 and 2.
Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which is designed to prepare you fully for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher.
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.
PGCE Part-time Chemistry