Master Education: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary

University of Chester

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The one-year PGCE is, by necessity, an intensive and highly demanding course and prepares you to teach children of secondary age.

The course is designed at Master´s (M) level, and successful students will gain 60 credits. There are additional follow-up Masters Level modules available to students in their first year of teaching which would enable you to accumulate a further 60 credits towards a Masters degree.

The programme is intended to produce teachers who are reflective practitioners and who will be:

* enthusiastic and confident in the classroom
* pedagogically skilful and adaptable
* specialists in the teaching of their academic subject
* able to see their subject in the context of the whole curriculum
* competent in a number of areas that cross secondary school curriculum boundaries
* able to work as part of a team


A training salary of £6,000 (£9,000 for maths, science, modern foreign languages and RE trainees) is available to home and EU graduates on PGCE programmes at institutions in England, as long as they do not already have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and are not employed as teachers in schools or further/higher education institutions. The University will arrange payments, which are paid in nine monthly instalments between October and June.


The University of Chester Schools Partnership is mature and well established, and all partners work closely together to ensure coherence of training in terms of both practice and theory. There are two substantial school placements framed by relevant University sessions. Partner schools are largely, though not all, located in Cheshire, Wirral, Runcorn, Warrington, Merseyside, Shropshire, Flintshire and Denbighshire.

A distinctive feature of the course is Subject Enrichment Week, which falls in the block between the two school placements. This has been designed to consolidate and extend particular aspects of subject knowledge. For example, this has enabled Art and Drama students to visit places such as Venice, Verona, Barcelona or Amsterdam; RE students to meet with local Sikh communities and visit schools in Southall, West London; Maths students to work on problem-solving initiatives with local schools; MFL students to pursue individually directed work in their chosen countries; PE students to engage in outdoor activities at the Conway Centre, Anglesey and Science students to work at a Discovery centre on the Wirral.

Subjects available:

* Art
* Drama
* Mathematics
* Modern Foreign Languages (French, German or Spanish)
* Physical Education
* Religious Education
* Science

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