Our mission is to open minds to the realities and possibilities of teaching and learning by developing reflective, creative and inquiring teachers.
Our course prepares you to teach your specialist subject(s) to pupils in the 11-19 age range.
The course is a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) which offers exactly the same teaching experience as a PGCE, but with additional Masters credits, meaning that you will be able to complete your Masters with us as soon as you qualify as a teacher.
You will spend two thirds of the year in school, and one third at the University, giving an excellent blend of practical experience and also a chance to reflect and make use of the research expertise of University-based tutors.
To complement your development as a teacher you will complete four assignments at Masters level, exploring key issues relating to your subject and your role.
Key Features of the Sheffield course
- A dedicated team of tutors who provide excellent support for all students.
- Excellent school partnerships. Our longstanding relationships with schools enable us to ensure continuity for students, and many of our partnership schools are closely involved in the University-based parts of the course.
- A strong subject-specific cohort. You will have the chance to develop working relationships with your peers whilst in the University, which provides you with a support network once out on placement.
- The chance to reflect. Teaching is an intensive profession, and at the start of your career it is essential that you have the opportunity to develop skills as a reflective practitioner. During your first placement, for example, you will spend every Friday in the University sharing your experiences and considering ways in which you can develop your teaching.
Your progress in developing the skills of a teacher will be continually assessed throughout the year. You will always be kept aware of your progress and given opportunities to focus on specific areas where necessary.
Your academic work is carefully timed to ensure that you are able to manage your workload. Your Masters assignments are assessed by your university-based tutors, who offer extensive support and guidance to ensure that you are able to succeed.