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 (A level and GCSE) and BTEC courses. Where student teachers wish to focus also upon teaching Economics, support will also be given both at university and also within placement schools.
Students undertaking this PGCE can expect to understand how business/economics is taught in schools, how pupils learn and make sense of the evolving nature of business/economics. 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 one of the largest Business PGCE programmes in the country, with a team of tutors with a wide range of expertise of business, both inside and outside of the classroom. The programme is rated ‘outstanding’ Ofsted (2013).
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 subject 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 dynamic nature of business means students benefit greatly from practical experiences and learning outside of the classroom. We offer the 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) and provide access to national and regional Business Education conferences.
This full-time PGCE is suited to those wishing to gain Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) for teaching in a UK maintained (state-funded) school and who have fulfilled the appropriate entry requirements. The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two subject-related Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools.
You will spend most of your time (up to120 days) in schools, working with business studies mentors who support you through your two school placements. We are fortunate to have a good choice of schools with whom we work, with many outstanding mentors and strong business studies departments.