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During this intensive PGCE programme, two thirds of your time is based in schools. Training focuses on the development of the knowledge, skills and understanding expected of newly qualified teachers. Subject work undertaken in partnership schools is underpinned and extended by a linked programme of curriculum studies in the University.
A process of reflective enquiry underpins the development of teaching skills, as well as forming the basis for the written work submitted. In order to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) you must demonstrate compliance with all the specified standards, including successful completion of the National College for Teaching and Leadership's (NCTL) tests in numeracy and literacy. You undertake 60 credits of Masters-level modules throughout your training year.
If you successfully pass all components, you graduate with the PGCE at Masters level and are recommended for QTS. Students who pass the PGCE with QTS have the option to continue their studies on a part-time basis on the MEd Practitioner Enquiry. Students choosing this option benefit from fast-track entry, which enables them to complete the MEd Practitioner Enquiry in two years.
We offer the following Secondary PGCE programmes and more information can be found on the the UCAS Teacher Training website. Geography (F8X1) Mathematics (G1X1) French (R1X1) French with German (RX11) French with Spanish (RXD1) German with French (RX21) Spanish with French (RX41) Secondary Science with Biology Specialism (C1X1) Secondary Science with Chemistry Specialism (F1X1) Secondary Science with Physics Specialism (F3X1)
EDU8221 Subject Pedagogy in Practice
EDU8223 Curriculum Development through Enquiry in Practice
EDU8222 Developing Critical Perspectives on Teaching Thinking Skills
Other than in exceptional circumstances you should hold a second-class (2.2) Honours degree or above, with at least 50 per cent of the degree in the subject that you intend to teach (closely related degree subjects may be accepted - contact the PGCE Office for advice).
If you do not hold a second-class Honours degree, please contact the PGCE Office for advice. If you are applying for Spanish you should have at least some elementary French. You also require GCSE or O level passes (Grades A-C) in English language and mathematics or equivalent before application. It is important that you have spent some time in a UK secondary school in order to inform your application and any subsequent performance in the selection process.
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