We believe that the most effective path to becoming an outstanding teacher is a gradual one, filled with support and opportunities to put what you’ve learnt into practice in stages. That’s why we’ve designed our PGCE Secondary courses in three main stages, each consisting of University-based and school-based training blocks.
Stage one – Introduction to teaching
You’ll spend your first five weeks at University, with several days in your placement school, taking part in seminars and workshops that prepare you for your school-based training by focusing on two main elements:
Professional Learning and Teaching for 21st Century teachers
You’ll learn research-informed techniques and strategies to tackle issues that you will face in your training placements. These strategies will help develop your understanding of teaching and learning, the secondary curriculum and educational policy.
Subject knowledge and applied pedagogy
In these sessions, our subject teacher experts will give you a good understanding of what it means to teach Business Studies. You’ll study the school curriculum, and understand how other expert teachers have taught it successfully. You’ll also learn how to plan sequences of learning that address your pupils’ needs so that you can develop your practice and have a positive impact on their learning.
After you’ve completed your first five weeks, you’ll start your first placement which will last for eight weeks.
Stage two – Developing your knowledge
Your University-based training will comprise the same elements as stage one, but you’ll focus on building on the knowledge you’ve already developed to prepare for your next school-based training block. You’ll spend one week at university.
Before your second placement, you’ll again spend time in a school for one week to observe and familiarise yourself with the routine and teaching practice.
During your second placement, you’ll spend a minimum of eight weeks in a new school, teaching more lessons and ensuring that you’re teaching classes from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
Having developed and applied your subject and curriculum knowledge, you’ll spend several days at university during your placement, consolidating your practice and completing activities that will prepare for your teaching career. We also run a one-week conference for all trainees.
You’ll stay in the same school for a further ten weeks, teaching more classes from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, as well as the chance to observe and sometimes teach at Key Stage 5.