It is a full-time programme that runs over one year. We also offer a specialist route in Modern Languages which qualifies you to teach all subjects to pupils aged 5-11 but includes modules allowing you to specialise in teaching a foreign language – French or Spanish.
The programme is taught at master’s level and allows students to gain up to 60 credits towards a master’s qualification. The course enables you to develop your skills of critical analysis and engage with educational research at the same time as developing practical classroom skills through school experience. By the end of the course, you’ll be equipped as reflective practitioners to continue your professional learning throughout your career.
Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.
At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.
Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus. It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors. Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations. An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.
This programme will enable you to achieve Qualified Teacher Status and work as a primary class teacher.
The PGCE programme is taught in affiliation with a range of primary schools. During the programme, you’ll be placed in two different schools for extended placements. Plus you’ll have three two-week group placements focusing on the teaching of maths, English or teaching pupils with Special Educational Needs.
The school experiences will draw on your own prior experiences and skills and develop them within the partnership of school-based and university-based training and support. During School Experience, school-based mentors are partners in identifying individual training needs and refining your individual action plans. Initially, you’ll focus on teaching small groups of pupils the core curriculum subjects, leading to proficiency in teaching a whole class subjects across the primary curriculum by the end of the second placement.
You’ll develop a broader understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in education and the wider context within which schools operate. You’ll also be able to identify areas for future development during your own teaching career.
The university-based study is divided into three key areas which will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to plan and manage creative and effective lessons while ensuring that pupils of all abilities are motivated to learn. These key areas are:
Core Curriculum Studies
The Core Curriculum module develops student teachers’ enthusiasm for and enjoyment of English, Mathematics and Science. Through separate subject strands this course will develop student teacher subject, curriculum and pedagogical knowledge in each subject.
It will equip student teachers to take a critical and reflective view of each subject’s curriculum and associated learning and teaching methodologies. Student teachers will begin to develop a critical understanding of the distinctive features of each subject area and the research concerning children’s learning in that subject.
By linking their learning to their school experience, it aims to promote the necessary competencies and understanding student teachers need to plan, teach and assess the core curriculum well.
Foundation Curriculum Studies (e.g. History, PE, ICT, MFL etc.)
This module aims to develop student teachers’ critical understanding of and enthusiasm for the primary curriculum and associated pedagogies. Students will develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of key curriculum and framework documents and a critical awareness of current issues and debates surrounding the primary curriculum.
The module will support students in analysing and reflecting critically on their previous experience, attitudes and assumptions about the curriculum. It will consider the distinctive challenges, concerns or pedagogy associated with particular curriculum subjects and also common issues, e.g. the development of creativity. It will prepare students to plan, teach and assess effectively the foundation subjects and to develop cross-curricular approaches to teaching and learning.
This module aims to develop student teachers’ critical and rigorous understanding of the principles which underpin primary education. It will develop student teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the nature of the primary curriculum and children’s developmental needs. It will introduce and critique educational research methodology, analysis and ethics. It will advance their abilities to critically apply such knowledge and understanding in a professional context through lesson planning, teaching, assessment and behaviour management and critical reflection on these.
A particular focus will be on issues of inclusion, equality and diversity and the module will develop student teachers’ abilities to be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of such issues in the classroom. The module aims to enable student teachers to begin to develop their own personal educational philosophies, so that they can apply these in the classroom and articulate them to other professionals.
The programme’s taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors, in partnership with mentors and teachers in local schools. It lasts 39 weeks and you’ll spend at least 24 weeks of this on placement in schools.
The PGCE Secondary is the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development, which will equip you to become a secondary school teacher. The PGCE Secondary is a course in Initial Teacher Training which is accredited by the DfE, the successful completion of which will accord you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our course has recently been inspected by Ofsted which resulted in an “Outstanding” grading for all aspects of our provision.
Students who have successfully completed the PGCE at Durham in the previous academic year have the option to use 90 credits they have accredited towards a part time MA Education. These students only need to do the core modules, Education Enquiry and the Dissertation over 2 years, to complete the programme.
Subject pedagogy is explored in curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment.
Integrated into the Course are university sessions, school experiences and OAA activities. An undoubted strength of the Course is the excellent partnership that exists between the university and schools. The course has been devised by the University Tutor and Physical Education specialists in local schools to prepare you to teach Physical Education to the full secondary age and ability range.
Whilst in University you will follow a structured PE programme which will involve sessions reflecting good practice. Sessions, therefore, feature discussion, collaborative work, experiential learning, the examination and analysis of materials but especially the active participation of members of the group. There will be an obvious focus on all PE activity areas (games, gymnastic activities, dance, athletic activities, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities) throughout the course.
The design of the PE course also takes into account the simultaneous delivery of the PI lectures programme. It therefore complements and reinforces the generic and subject specific principles, skills and techniques required of the competent teacher. Through critical reflection on current teaching practices, as well as your own teaching and research, you will be given the opportunity to develop into a more effective PE teacher, progressively improving the quality of your preparation and classroom practice, to become a physical educationalist for the future.
As part of your course you will complete 3 Teaching placements (one of which you will arrange yourself) in a variety of local schools. This will comprise a minimum of 120 days to meet the minimum requirement for QTS.
The course is organised as three modules:
The Professional Issues in School Based Education relates to the Teacher Standards and is delivered in two parts, prior to each of the two extended teaching practices. The teaching is related to those classroom-based issues such as the psychology of learning, the law, curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment and is followed up in subject groups and during school placements The block practices in the Autumn and Spring allow for practical opportunities for full professional development where there is a progression from observation, structured activities and group work to whole class work.
Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum and Self Directed Study are studied at Masters Level. The Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum Module draws on the international research expertise within the School of Education enabling student teachers to engage critically in issues relevant to the classroom and school, particularly those that impact on the success of children as learners. The Self Directed Study module draws on students’ experience during weekly visits to schools and their own small scale action research, and links this to critical engagement with published educational research.
These Masters modules provide an opportunity to explore, in a more theoretical way, the issues to do with teaching and learning through lectures and mixed subject and phase seminar groups taught as a conference week usually after Christmas. In addition to covering Teacher standards these modules will enable assessment work to be carried out for the award of PGCE.
On successful completion of the course, student teachers will have 90 credits and QTS.
Career opportunities in education are wide and include classroom teaching, educational leadership and management, administration and policy development.
This secondary teacher training course leads to qualified teacher status (QTS). It equips you to teach physical education (PE) in secondary schools and post-16 colleges.
On the course you
We help you to develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities. While studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach PE. You also gain self-evaluation skills by completing a career preparation profile. This provides evidence that you meet the QTS standards for personal development.
School placements are central to the course. You complete teaching placements in two 11–16 or 11–18 schools. This allows you to experience the progression from Key Stage 3 to 5. A university-trained mentor supports you when on placement. Your course tutor also visits you to discuss your progress.
We have strong partnerships with secondary schools and colleges in the area and many of our students are offered teaching jobs in their placement schools.
Your placements are complemented by university and academy-based study that includes teaching sessions, seminars, group study, tutorials and assessment.
During the course you can choose to complete either the PGCE or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications achieve QTS but the PGCE also gives you 60 masters level credits, which you can use towards a masters degree.
If you are studying for a PGCE you may be entitled to a tax-free bursary. For further information about financial support please see the funding pages on the National College for Teaching and Leadership website.
You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.
Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. During School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified.
We support your work in schools with a programme of preparation and support. You experience various school placements, including at least two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice. These are in two different schools and usually require some travelling within the region.
We have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96% per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.
This course prepares you for a career as a skilled primary teacher, specialising in physical education. You gain qualified teacher status in Key Stages 1 and 2, along with a PGCE qualification.
Your learning is based on an equal balance of physical education and the core aspects of the primary curriculum. You receive extensive training in English, maths, science and primary practice, alongside specialist PE teaching tuition and experience.
Key areas of study include • PE, primary teaching, learning and assessment • inclusion • English • mathematics • science • foundation subjects and religious education • researching primary education • personal and professional development • the role of the teacher.
During the course you develop your teaching skills and confidence during professional placements in at least two schools across the two key stages.
You also take part in a compulsory summer school, designed to enhance your teaching skills.
Throughout your studies you receive guidance and support from a team of lead practitioners and dedicated university and school-based tutors. You also benefit from the input of sporting National Governing Bodies.
If you have a 2.1 degree or above and complete this course, you may be eligible for a £4,000-9,000 teacher training bursary .
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.
The course is made up of modules which integrate experience in schools with professional and curriculum studies.
You complete two masters levels modules. One enables you to evaluate and reflect on your own progress as a teacher. The second enables you to explore a chosen area in more depth in your school or setting and with colleagues in that setting.
The other modules assess your ability against the teacher standards. You are assessed in Key stage 1 and Key stage 2.
Your academic work is assessed through coursework using a variety of assessment methods. Your teaching is assessed in schools and by school-based mentors.
This course prepares you for roles including