The Business Education PGCE prepares students to teach across the 14–19 age range, helping them develop the professional skills and attitudes to teach business in schools and colleges, as part of both academic (GCSE and A-Level) as well as practical courses such as BTEC, Work Skill and entrepreneurship.
The Secondary PGCE full-time programme is suited to those wishing to gain Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) and who have fulfilled the appropriate entry requirements.
Students will understand how business/economics is taught in schools, how pupils learn and make sense of the evolving and dynamic nature of the subjects. This is reflected in the range of business related courses that are now offered by schools, sixth forms and colleges, with the focus in some instances on entrepreneurship, work skills and new business technologies.
Students will be joining the largest Business PGCE programme in the country, allowing them to benefit from a team of tutors with a wide range of expertise of business, both inside and outside of the classroom. Students will also be able to develop strong peer networks, share ideas, resources and advice amongst your cohort of fellow students.
Tutors on the Secondary PGCE are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience in secondary schools and colleges. We aim to give students insight into the continuously evolving subjects of business/economics and its application to classroom teaching. Our collaborative approach ensures that students develop into thoughtful and highly skilled teachers who can work confidently and flexibly within the broad framework of the 14-19 curriculum.
The IOE offers students the unique ability to visit places such as the London Stock Exchange and the Bank of England; we also have strong links with the Economics and Business Education Association (EBEA), as well as The Business Review.
The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through written assignments (providing 60 Master’s credits), and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools.
Students will spend most of their time (120 days) in schools, working with business studies mentors who provide support through the two school placements. We are fortunate to have a vast and experienced choice of schools with whom we work, with many outstanding mentors and strong business studies departments. The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio.