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University of Worcester Business Studies (39F6)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
14 to 19
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://www.worcester.ac.uk/about/academic-schools/school-of-education/get-into-teaching-at-worcester/home.aspx

Contents

About the course

The course consists of university-based sessions and teaching practice in partner schools. While on teaching practice you will be supported by a professional mentor who focuses on induction and whole school issues and an experienced subject mentor who will give opportunities to improve your subject knowledge and hold weekly meetings with you to guide you in preparation, teaching and reflecting on your lessons.

You will visit a variety of schools, including secondary schools, an independent school, a college of further education and a school for pupils with special educational needs. The training is active, engaging and involves a range of school teaching contexts from financial capability, citizenship and enterprise education with younger pupils through to GCSE, A Level, vocational courses and International Baccalaureate with older students.

University tutors and school mentors work closely to support you and help you develop. Trainee teachers receive a very high level of support, which is a real strength of the course.

During university-based sessions you will:

  • Explore business and economics concepts by engaging with a range of activities
  • Consider what effective learning and teaching looks like in a business and economics classroom through reflecting on your own learning and exploring research evidence
  • Discuss the place of business and economics in the curriculum and the current issues within business and economics education
  • Continue to develop your own subject knowledge throughout the course

Typical university sessions include presentations by tutors, some school teachers and by fellow trainees, reflective workshops tasks for individuals, pairs and groups and investigative and creative tasks to take into school.

Find out more: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/pgce-secondary-business-with-economics

Career opportunities:

An integral part of the course is to support you in gaining a post as a teacher. Each year around 50% of our trainees gain employment in our partnership schools. Newly Qualified Teachers have one of the highest employment rates of all graduates and are very much in demand. Employment rates over the past 5 years have consistently been 95%+. At the end of the course we will support you in your transition from the PGCE year into your first teaching post.

Assessment:

You will be assessed on your teaching practice and two academic assignments. One assignment requires you to generate some teaching resources that will help pupils to learn a particular topic and the second assignment will engage you in reviewing the teaching strategies that are effective in your subject.

School placements

We work very closely with our partner schools, to provide you with high quality teacher training to prepare you for your first teaching job and beyond. Our partner schools provide a range of settings from rural to inner city. Most schools are within a 30 mile radius of the University. You will practise teaching in at least two schools.

The course is designed with periods in University to give you the opportunity to reflect on your future development. Former trainees have made positive comments on the balance between theory and practice, carefully structured sessions, tutors’ commitment to supporting trainees and trainees supporting each other and sharing good practice.

In each school you will be supported by a Professional Mentor, as well as your Subject Mentor. Their job is to see that you get as much out of your teaching placements as possible, and provide you with support and guidance. At interview you may meet teachers from our partnership schools as they take part in the selection process alongside University tutors.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Degree or equivalent:

Honours degree (usually 2:2 or above) from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject. Please email secondary@worc.ac.uk if you are unsure of the relevance of your degree.

Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.

GCSEs:

Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry.

University of Worcester equivalency tests are available. Please contact admissions@worc.ac.uk for further information.

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainees who are:

  • skilled and inspirational subject specialists
  • confident and reflective practitioners
  • effective communicators who can work in partnership
  • informed intellectuals who promote a love of learning
  • resilient professionals able to demonstrate high standards of personal conduct

School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities you have had to work with school-aged children. At this point we will discuss with you whether additional school experience would support you in deciding that teaching is right for you.

Other requirements

Health and Physical Capacity to Teach:

The DfE requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach. People with disabilities or chronic illnesses may have the capacity to teach, just as those without disabilities or medical conditions may be unsuitable to teach.

DBS:

All entrants to ITE programmes will be subject to appropriate pre-selection checks, including an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service), criminal records checks and children’s barred list information.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,100

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

If you are in receipt of a bursary, you would be responsible for your own travel costs.

We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.

About the training provider

The University of Worcester has a long-standing reputation for training excellent, highly employable teachers. Personalised academic and professional tutoring, from a range of experienced tutors and mentors, ensures that you will be supported throughout your course and in transition from trainee to teacher. With extensive research profiles, your learning is shaped by those helping to shape education itself.

You will benefit from our excellent partnerships with schools, in a wide range of geographical locations. With excellent support and dedicated school experience tutors, you will have the opportunity to flourish as an effective teacher, as part of your training.

Our PGCE courses offer Master’s-level credits as well as Qualified Teacher Status, and provide excellent opportunities.

Our Primary courses include a high quality tailored programme of training in all National Curriculum subjects, in addition to SEND and RE.

Trainee teachers at Secondary level can choose to add depth to their qualifications by involvement in additional enhancement programmes in key areas such as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; working with learners who have English as an Additional Language; developing expertise in Citizenship; developing skills in a second STEM subject; preparing to be Education Leaders, or developing skills in Technology Enhanced Learning.

At Secondary level we also offer pre-training Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses in a range of subjects for those who need them.

Our inclusive courses attract applicants from a range of career and study backgrounds, including career changers and we welcome applications from all who meet our entry requirements.

Interview process

The selection process:

Trainees are recruited through a rigorous selection process. The team consider the personal statement and reference to decide whether to offer an interview.

At interview, you will be asked to complete:

  • A timed written task based on Business subject knowledge
  • A short presentation (details sent out with the interview invite)
  • A group task
  • An interview with two people usually a university tutor and a mentor from school

Currently interviews are conducted online and will not include a group task.

References:

For your application, you will need two references which are submitted online.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Worcester offers a wide range of support and advice to disabled students and also to parents, staff and those external agencies supporting disabled students.

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service offers support, advice and guidance to students who have a disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). This support lasts throughout a student’s studies at the University of Worcester. We also work with and offer support and advice to University staff on how to meet the needs of disabled students.

We can provide assistance through:

  • Supporting disabled students with general enquiries
  • Implementing special arrangements for lectures, exams and field trips. This might include notes in advance or special arrangements in exams.
  • Where appropriate, we can arrange note takers, academic support tutors, library assistance, interpreters and transcribers.
  • Help with applying for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which is there to fund these types of support in higher education.
  • Limited loans of equipment
  • Confidential advice and support for students and staff
  • Training and awareness raising workshops
  • Assistive technology

Contact this training provider

Email
admissionsb@worc.ac.uk
Telephone
01905 855111
Website
https://www.worcester.ac.uk/about/academic-schools/school-of-education/get-into-teaching-at-worcester/home.aspx
Address
Henwick Grove
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR2 6AJ

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