The PGCE course is a one-year full-time programme. When at university you will be part of two learning cohorts, your subject group and a Schools and Society group. In subject studies you will explore: the principles which underlie the teaching of your particular subject; varied and detailed approaches for effective teaching and learning; how educational theory illuminates subject teaching. In Schools and Society studies you will explore the wider issues of becoming a teacher such as child protection, special educational needs, inclusivity etc.
You will spend at least two thirds of your time working in schools, and the remaining time in University. The course starts with a two-week introduction to the course, including two days spent in your first placement school.
From week three of the course you will spend most of your time in your first placement with regular days returning to the University to reflect on, and develop, your practice.
You return to the University either side of your Christmas break to work with your peers, reflecting on your experiences in school and preparing for your next teaching placement.
During this placement you will become part of the school community and work professionally as a member of a team. Following an induction in school, you gradually build up your teaching across the age and attainment range. By week 5, you will be teaching approximately two-thirds of a teacher’s timetable.
You will return for several University-based days that focus on a range of professional development issues and allow for contact with peers and tutors.
The PGCE course is a Masters level course incorporating two 30-credit modules entitled ‘Schools and Society’ and ‘Learning and Teaching’.
For the award of the PGCE and to achieve Teacher Standards, you must have reached the required standard in both the theory and practice elements of the course. In keeping with the nature of the course, which is vocational and postgraduate in approach, there are no written examinations.
Practical Teaching is assessed by University tutors, school-based mentors and coordinators, and External Examiners. Account is taken of your work over all school-based elements of the course and your own written records of such work.
On the course, you are required to submit various pieces of work related to your subject and Schools and Society programmes. The assignments may be written pieces or presentations and may include collaborative work.