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The Institute of Education is a leading centre for teacher education in Europe and one of the the largest teacher training providers in London. Read more
The Institute of Education is a leading centre for teacher education in Europe and one of the the largest teacher training providers in London. We have a wide range of teacher training programmes for those wanting to qualify to teach in primary and secondary schools, and in further and adult education colleges.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees

If you’re thinking about becoming a secondary teacher, we offer the following PGCEs:

• PGCE Secondary Art & Design
• PGCE Secondary Business & Economics Education
• PGCE Secondary Citizenship
• PGCE Secondary Computer Science with ICT
• PGCE Secondary Information and Communications Techology (ICT)
• PGCE Secondary English
• PGCE Secondary English with Drama
• PGCE Secondary Geography
• PGCE Secondary History
• PGCE Secondary Mathematics
• PGCE Secondary Modern Languages
• PGCE Secondary Music
• PGCE Secondary Physics with Mathematics
• PGCE Secondary Religious Education
• PGCE Secondary Science – Biology, Chemistry or Physics
• PGCE Secondary Social Science

Applicants may be eligible for government-funded bursaries of up to £20,000, plus tuition fee loans and grants.

We also offer the new School Direct route in conjunction with a number of schools, where you apply directly to the school in which you wish to undertake your training.

All of our programmes are modular and you can use IOE PGCE credits to contribute towards a Masters qualification in education. The IOE was recognised by Ofsted as outstanding or good with some outstanding features following their latest visit for its “high quality” teacher training that inspire its students “to want to be outstanding teachers”. In the Training and Development Agency for Schools Newly Qualified Teacher Survey (2010), 83 per cent of our NQTs rated the overall
quality of their training as good or very good.

If you're interested in teaching at Primary level, we offer Primary PGCE Full-time and Part-time programmes and French and Spanish specialisms. Alternatively, if you'd like to teach adults and young people aged 16+, we also offer Post-Compulsory PGCEs including specialist options for teaching English as a second or other language (ESOL) and Literacy, or Mathematics with Numeracy.

For more information and to apply, visit http://www.ioe.ac.uk/teach

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The PGCE Secondary programme will get you ready to teach pupils aged 11-16 with post-16 enhancement in secondary schools. You will be teaching pupils as they mature from early adolescence into adulthood. Read more
The PGCE Secondary programme will get you ready to teach pupils aged 11-16 with post-16 enhancement in secondary schools. You will be teaching pupils as they mature from early adolescence into adulthood. UEA offers a range of PGCE Secondary course options:

PGCE Secondary English

PGCE Secondary History

PGCE Secondary Science (specialising in Chemistry)

PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages

PGCE Secondary Science (specialising in Physics)

PGCE Secondary Geography

PGCE Secondary Physical Education

PGCE Secondary Science (specialising in Biology)

PGCE Physics with Mathematics

PGCE Maths Secondary Years

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​The PGCE Secondary programme is taught from one of the largest centres of teacher training in Wales and the UK. ​It provides a professional training for graduates who wish to teach the following subject areas. Read more

Course Overview

​The PGCE Secondary programme is taught from one of the largest centres of teacher training in Wales and the UK. ​It provides a professional training for graduates who wish to teach the following subject areas:

•Art and Design
•Biology with Science
•Chemistry with Science
•Design & Technology (specialising in Resistant Materials & Systems or Food & Textiles)
•Drama
•English
•History
•ICT and Computing
•Mathematics
•Modern Foreign Languages (specialising in either French, French and Spanish, or French and German)
•Music
•Physical Education
•Physics with Science
•Wel​sh​​

Financial incentives and training grants are currently available for certain pathways depending on your undergraduate degree classification.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/courses/Pages/Secondary-PGCE.aspx

​Course Content​​

The programme is mainly school based in line with government requirements with 24 out of 36 weeks spent in partnership schools, where student teachers work with a subject specialist (the subject mentor) and a senior member of the school staff (the senior mentor). The university-based modules comprise of initial professional development and curriculum studies in the subject in which the student teacher is specialising.​

Welsh medium school placements are available within all subject pathways in Cardiff Met's PGCE Secondary programme. Apart from the PGCE Welsh programme, all subject areas are taught through the medium of English, but all school placements and a significant element of the professional development on the programme can be undertaken through the medium of Welsh.

Welsh language support is given to students wishing to teach through the medium of Welsh to enhance their language skills.

Learning & Teaching​

​A wide variety of learning and teaching strategies is used within the Programme including directed study. The latter encourages students to make use of Cardiff Met library and ICT facilities to support their own learning.
School Experience

Students will participate in the following teaching and learning situations:
- Observation of mentors, other teachers and pupils at work and the recording of findings.
- Collaboration with peers, with mentors, with other teachers and with tutors, in delivering parts of a lesson or a whole lesson.
- Teaching whole-classes and groups of pupils by taking the sole responsibility for them in various formal settings.
- Reflection and Evaluation individually, with peers, with mentors, other teachers and tutors.
- The University-based Programme
- Students will participate in the following learning and teaching situations:
- Lead Lectures or Presentations
- Seminars
- Tutorials
- Directed Study
- Practical/Workshop Sessions
- Blended Study
- Much of the work in University-based sessions will be of this nature and may involve tutors and students in:
- Adapting theory to practice
- Engagement in the use of a variety of teaching materials;
- Participation in a variety of teaching approaches and techniques;
- Familiarisation with the National Curriculum and the post 16 curriculum;
- Working individually, collaboratively and in groups;
- Assessment and monitoring of performance;
- Observation and recording;
- Developing lesson and wider planning skills;
- Individual study;
- Use of libraries and other information systems;
- Role play;
- Visits to various sites.

- Contact Hours
Contact time will vary during school experience placements. Trainees will be expected in to be in school 4 days a week and many of these days will extend beyond the pupils’ timetabled teaching day. All trainees will be in university on a Monday and will have 4 hours contact time with a tutor either in subject groups or IPD groups.

- Work Placements / Work Related Experience
Placement/Work-based learning forms a planned and intended part of an academic programme. It typically takes place outside the university with the support of a placement provider. Please note: all students who opt to complete a placement with children or vulnerable adults will need to hold a current DBS disclosure from Cardiff Metropolitan University. If you have a placement/work-based element to your programme, you will normally be provided with a Placement Handbook.

- Programme Specific Work Placements / Work Related Experience
Student teachers gain experience in three schools. All students will visit at least one primary school. Students from all subject areas will gain substantial experience in two secondary schools.

Details concerning school experience regarding roles and responsibilities (mentors, tutors, students) and how it is structured can be found in the SEWCTET Partnership Handbook, which is also available on the university virtual learning portal.

Assessment

Student teachers will be assessed both on practical teaching and academic assignments. The latter is assessed at Masters level and affords student teachers 60 credits at 'M' level. A pass is required for both school and university based modules. Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of student teachers' competence against statutory standards.

There is no formal end of programme examination.

Employability & Careers​

The PGCE Secondary programme provides student teachers with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), 60 credits at Masters level and recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It provides opportunities for employment at the secondary level.

What can I expect to earn when I start teaching?
Information can be obtained from the Training and Development Agency for Schools website: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/salary.aspx and from the Teacher Training and Education in Wales website at: teachertrainingcymru.org/node/10.​

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The Middlesex PGCE course in Secondary Science is a one year full-time course. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. Read more
The Middlesex PGCE course in Secondary Science is a one year full-time course. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. You receive personal attention through regular tutor visits to school placements and individual tutorials. Schools are carefully selected to suit individuals and expose them to imaginative and thought provoking teaching and learning strategies.

The course aims to prepare you for the teaching profession. It will:

Enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of pupils and their learning
Develop your expertise in highly specialised professional skills in a context where you'll need to exercise initiative and take personal responsibility for decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
Equip you with the pedagogic knowledge, understanding and skills to teach effectively across the 11-16 age range
Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Secondary Science curriculum
Enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multifaith settings and schools in an international, urban environment.
We have a full range of specialist Science and teaching facilities on-site and the course includes specialist mentors fromm our partner schools. There is a strong emphasis on the use of ICT in Science and you will be expected to explore up to date developments in this area.

Two thirds (120 days) of the PGCE Secondary Science course will be on placement. We have excellent relationships with schools in north London, Essex and Hertfordshire and many of our graduates go on to work in their first teaching job at the schools where they had a placement.

In 2012, the secondary teacher training programmes at Middlesex were rated Good with Outstanding Features (by Ofsted), an excellent result for a large and diverse provider of teacher training.

PGCE Secondary Science with Physics course involves students from all three science disciplines working together as a group. Teaching science at Key Stages 3 requires competence across the whole range of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science. This involves teaching the concepts and processes of how science works through the study of organisms, behaviour and health, chemical and material behaviour, energy, electricity and forces, and the environment, Earth and universe. This also involves integrating the knowledge, skills and understanding of how science works. The PGCE Secondary Science with Physics course therefore begins with a general mix of biology, chemistry and physics to enable you to teach all three sciences at KS3.

However you will then be able to focus on teaching physics since, as well as being able to teach all the science specified in the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science at Key Stage 3, you will also be required to specialise in the teaching of physics topics at KS4, within a broad and balanced science curriculum.

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The Middlesex University PGCE Secondary Mathematics course in London is a one year full-time course. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. Read more
The Middlesex University PGCE Secondary Mathematics course in London is a one year full-time course. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. Maths teachers are very much in demand and in recognition of its priority status, the Government is offering training bursaries of up to £20,000 during your course, depending on your degree class.

The PGCE Secondary Mathematics course at Middlesex University aims to prepare you for the teaching profession. It will:

Enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of pupils and their learning
Develop your expertise in highly specialised professional skills in a context where you'll need to exercise initiative and take personal responsibility for decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
Equip you with the pedagogic knowledge, understanding and skills to teach effectively across the 11-16 age range
Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Secondary mathematics curriculum
Enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multifaith settings and schools in an international, urban environment.
Maths subject studies investigates the structure of the Mathematics curriculum through number and algebra, shape, space and measures, and handling data. You will be expected to provide evidence of your own development in teaching and learning through a Personal Mathematics Portfolio, which is the main vehicle for the assessment.

You will be involved in designing, producing, teaching and evaluating a range of materials currently used to support Mathematics in the secondary school. An example of this is the use of a specific software application to develop numeracy. Information Communication Technology is integrated throughout the course and it is essential that you are familiar with a Windows environment and have access to a PC at home.

Two thirds (120 days) of the PGCE Secondary Mathematics course will be on placement. You receive personal attention through regular tutor visits to school placements and individual tutorials. Schools are carefully selected to expose you to imaginative and thought provoking teaching and learning strategies.We have excellent relationships with schools in north London, Essex and Hertfordshire and many of our graduates go on to work in their first teaching job at the schools where they had a placement.

In 2012, the secondary teacher training programmes at Middlesex were rated Good with Outstanding Features (by Ofsted), an excellent result for a large and diverse provider of teacher training.

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The Middlesex PGCE course in Secondary Science is a one year full-time course. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. Read more
The Middlesex PGCE course in Secondary Science is a one year full-time course. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. You receive personal attention through regular tutor visits to school placements and individual tutorials. Schools are carefully selected to suit individuals and expose them to imaginative and thought provoking teaching and learning strategies.

The course aims to prepare you for the teaching profession. It will:

Enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of pupils and their learning
Develop your expertise in highly specialised professional skills in a context where you'll need to exercise initiative and take personal responsibility for decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
Equip you with the pedagogic knowledge, understanding and skills to teach effectively across the 11-16 age range
Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Secondary Science curriculum
Enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multifaith settings and schools in an international, urban environment.
We have a full range of specialist Science and teaching facilities on-site and the course includes specialist mentors fromm our partner schools. There is a strong emphasis on the use of ICT in Science and you will be expected to explore up to date developments in this area.

In 2012, the secondary teacher training programmes at Middlesex were rated Good with Outstanding Features (by Ofsted), an excellent result for a large and diverse provider of teacher training.

The PGCE Secondary Science with Biology course involves students from all three science disciplines working together as a group. Teaching science at Key Stage 3 requires competence across the whole range of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science. This involves teaching the concepts and processes of how science works through the study of organisms, behaviour and health, chemical and material behaviour, energy, electricity and forces, and the environment, Earth and universe. This also involves integrating the knowledge, skills and understanding of how science works. The PGCE Secondary Science with Biology course therefore begins with a general mix of biology, chemistry and biology to enable all you to teach all three sciences at KS3.

However, you will then be able to focus on teaching biology since, as well as being able to teach all the science specified in the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science at Key Stage 3, you will also be required to specialise in the teaching of biology topics at KS4, within a broad and balanced science curriculum.

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The Middlesex PGCE course in Secondary Science is a one year full-time course. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. Read more
The Middlesex PGCE course in Secondary Science is a one year full-time course. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. You receive personal attention through regular tutor visits to school placements and individual tutorials. Schools are carefully selected to suit individuals and expose them to imaginative and thought provoking teaching and learning strategies.

The course aims to prepare you for the teaching profession. It will:

Enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of pupils and their learning
Develop your expertise in highly specialised professional skills in a context where you'll need to exercise initiative and take personal responsibility for decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
Equip you with the pedagogic knowledge, understanding and skills to teach effectively across the 11-16 age range
Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Secondary Science curriculum
Enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multifaith settings and schools in an international, urban environment.
We have a full range of specialist Science and teaching facilities on-site and the course includes specialist mentors fromm our partner schools. There is a strong emphasis on the use of ICT in Science and you will be expected to explore up to date developments in this area.

Two thirds (120 days) of the PGCE Secondary Science course will be on placement. We have excellent relationships with schools in north London, Essex and Hertfordshire and many of our graduates go on to work in their first teaching job at the schools where they had a placement.

In 2012, the secondary teacher training programmes at Middlesex were rated Good with Outstanding Features (by Ofsted), an excellent result for a large and diverse provider of teacher training.

The PGCE Secondary Science with Chemistry course involves students from all three science disciplines working together as a group. Teaching science at Key Stage 3 requires competence across the whole range of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science. This involves teaching the concepts and processes of how science works through the study of organisms, behaviour and health, chemical and material behaviour, energy, electricity and forces, and the environment, Earth and universe. This also involves integrating the knowledge, skills and understanding of how science works. The science with chemistry course therefore begins with a general mix of biology, chemistry and chemistry to enable you to teach all three sciences at KS3.

However, you will then be able to focus on teaching chemistry since, as well as being able to teach all the science specified in the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science at Key Stage 3, you will also be required to specialise in the teaching of chemistry topics at KS4, within a broad and balanced science curriculum.

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The University of Chester offers PGCE Secondary Science enhanced with Physics leading to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education for the age range 11-16 with sixth form enhancement. Read more

The University of Chester offers PGCE Secondary Science enhanced with Physics leading to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education for the age range 11-16 with sixth form enhancement.

Course overview

Teaching is an extremely rewarding and challenging career. Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding teacher.

We aim to nurture teachers who are passionate about the development of their own and their pupils' learning.

Core (University-led) Route

This one-year, full-time course, leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Secondary) from the University of Chester. Successful completion also results in the completion of three M level modules which may be used towards a Master's Degree. All candidates wishing to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) will be required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you can start the course. 

While we may be one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK, we’re also a modern and innovative institution, with a well-deserved reputation for the quality of our education. The Faculty of Education and Children’s Services has been awarded 'Outstanding' status by Ofsted, credited with delivering "high levels of academic and pastoral care" - Ofsted Report 2016.

Why Study Secondary Physics (including School Direct) with QTS with us?

The course allows you to teach Secondary Science with a focus on your specialism. You will develop your subject knowledge, practical skills and pedagogy in all aspects of science at KS3, whilst also developing your expertise in your preferred discipline of Physics at KS4 and KS5 depending on your degree and experience.

Science enhanced with Physics

Applicants need a good honours degree with a significant proportion of Physics is ideal. There are a wide range of degrees which would give a suitable level of subject knowledge. However, enthusiastic scientists with a reasonable knowledge of Physics can follow a booster/enhancement course prior to starting the PGCE. These last from 10 days to six months but applications need a recommendation from a PGCE tutor. The University of Chester offers 10 day and 20 day booster courses.

What will I learn?

In essence, the course will start you on your professional journey as a teacher. We aim to provide high-quality education and training, and modules will provide you with:

  • critical understanding of pedagogy, assessment and curriculum
  • critical knowledge, understanding and skills in specialist age phases and subjects
  • critical knowledge and understanding of wider professional issues, e.g. behaviour management and inclusive practice
  • enrichment opportunities at least 120 days of school-based learning.

How will I be taught?

Professional and academic learning takes place within University and partnership settings in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials.

School-based learning will move you from observation through group work to whole class teaching.

You will be expected to undertake 10 independent preparation and consolidation study hours (minimum) per week for the University course, in addition to full teaching days when on placement.

How will I be assessed?

Professional and academic learning is assessed through assignments and directed activities.

School-based learning is assessed holistically against the Teachers’ Standards.



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The Middlesex PGCE Secondary English course is one year full-time. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. Read more
The Middlesex PGCE Secondary English course is one year full-time. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. You receive personal attention through regular tutor visits to school placements and individual tutorials. Schools are carefully selected to suit individuals and expose them to imaginative and thought provoking teaching and learning strategies.

The course aims to prepare you for the teaching profession. It will:

Enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of pupils and their learning
Develop your expertise in highly specialised professional skills in a context where you'll need to exercise initiative and take personal responsibility for decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
Equip you with the pedagogic knowledge, understanding and skills to teach effectively to Secondary School students
Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Secondary English curriculum
Enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multifaith settings and schools in an international, urban environment.
The first part of the course focuses on a variety of skills and knowledge in the teaching of English in the classroom. The second part consolidates that learning but also addresses a broader range of issues, both in the school and in society. The subject programme includes four interrelated elements which focus on the school and classroom, language literature and communication. Key features of the programme of subject studies include:

The media aspects of English
An exploration of support for language and learning needs
Drama within English.
Two thirds (120 days) of the PGCE Secondary English course will be on placement. We have excellent relationships with schools in north London, Essex and Hertfordshire and many of our graduates go on to work in their first teaching job at the schools where they had a placement.

In 2012, the secondary teacher training programmes at Middlesex were rated Good with Outstanding Features (by Ofsted), an excellent result for a large and diverse provider of teacher training.

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The Middlesex PGCE Secondary Business Studies course is one year full-time. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. Read more
The Middlesex PGCE Secondary Business Studies course is one year full-time. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. You receive personal attention through regular tutor visits to school placements and individual tutorials. Schools are carefully selected to suit individuals and expose them to imaginative and thought provoking teaching and learning strategies.

The course aims to prepare you for the teaching profession. It will:

Enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of pupils and their learning
Develop your expertise in highly specialised professional skills in a context where you'll need to exercise initiative and take personal responsibility for decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
Equip you with the pedagogic knowledge, understanding and skills to teach effectively across the 14-19 age range
Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Secondary Business Studies curriculum
Enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multifaith settings and schools in an international, urban environment.
Two thirds (120 days) of the PGCE Secondary Business Studies course will be on placement. We have excellent relationships with schools in north London, Essex and Hertfordshire and many of our graduates go on to work in their first teaching job at the schools where they had a placement.

In 2012, the secondary teacher training programmes at Middlesex were rated Good with Outstanding Features (by Ofsted), an excellent result for a large and diverse provider of teacher training.

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The Middlesex PGCE Secondary Music course is one year full-time. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. Read more
The Middlesex PGCE Secondary Music course is one year full-time. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. You receive personal attention through regular tutor visits to school placements and individual tutorials. Schools are carefully selected to suit individuals and expose them to imaginative and thought provoking teaching and learning strategies.

The course aims to prepare you for the teaching profession. It will:

Enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of pupils and their learning
Develop your expertise in highly specialised professional skills in a context where you'll need to exercise initiative and take personal responsibility for decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
Equip you with the pedagogic knowledge, understanding and skills to teach effectively across the 11-16 age range
Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Secondary Music curriculum
Enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multifaith settings and schools in an international, urban environment.


Five workshop/seminar programmes seek to develop and broaden your previous experience:

Practice and Content in Music Education
Music Technology in the Music Curriculum
Stylistic Diversity in the Music Curriculum
Process and Progression in Music Education
Music and the Whole Curriculum
The focus is on developing effective practice in the classroom within the context of the National Curriculum. Content includes the role of the electronic keyboard and computers and MIDI in music education. Your subject knowledge is broadened to include jazz and pop and world music. You will study the place of curriculum music in relation to other arts and the broader society and instrumental teaching.

We have a full range of specialist music and teaching facilities on-site and the course includes specialist mentors from our partner schools.

Two thirds (120 days) of the PGCE Secondary Music course will be on placement. We have excellent relationships with schools in north London, Essex and Hertfordshire and many of our graduates go on to work in their first teaching job at the schools where they had a placement.

In 2012, the secondary teacher training programmes at Middlesex were rated Good with Outstanding Features (by Ofsted), an excellent result for a large and diverse provider of teacher training.

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This stimulating and demanding 36-week training programme will provide you with the skills and experience you need to teach Physics across the full 11-18 secondary age range, with complementary courses in Chemistry and Biology. Read more
This stimulating and demanding 36-week training programme will provide you with the skills and experience you need to teach Physics across the full 11-18 secondary age range, with complementary courses in Chemistry and Biology.

You will learn to make your knowledge accessible and interesting to students by implementing a range of teaching approaches and techniques for managing activities in the classroom.

The PGCE Secondary programme refreshes and extends students’ subject knowledge and provides them with the opportunity to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and make a difference to young people’s lives and ambitions.

The programme is divided into university and school/college-based sections. The 12-week university-based section is taught by highly respected staff with extensive experience of secondary school provision.

Our tutors will introduce students to various aspects of teaching, including lesson planning, resource preparation and selection, teaching approaches for examination courses, class management and control, and assessment of attainment.

Trainees will spend the other 24 weeks gaining Professional Teaching Experience (PTE) on two placements at our established partner schools/colleges located across the South Wales region from Pembrokeshire to Monmouthshire. On both these placements, an experienced teacher will act as mentor and will keep in close contact with university tutors to ensure the smooth development of the trainee’s teaching competences. Placements will be available in either English or Welsh-medium secondary schools.

The programme involves four written assignments, while the PTE will be assessed through teaching observations by both experienced placement mentors and university tutors against the QTS.

Entry Criteria

You will be expected to hold a good honours degree (2:2minimum) and be a graduat of a university, polytechnic or college of higher education approved by the University of Wales. If you wish to teach in Secondary schools then your degree should be closely linked to the subject that you wish to teach.

For the September 2015 entry all PGCE applicants in Wales will need a B grade at GCSE in English and Mathematics and if you intend to follow your course through the medium of Welsh, a C grade in Welsh.

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit an equivalency test. If you are successful and you accept your place to study with us then you can start your programme as planned. Attendance at the workshops prior to the test is a compulsory part of the equivalency testing programme.

What are GCSE Equivalency Tests?

Successful completion of a GCSE equivalency test will enable you to proceed on to a PGCE course if you do not hold a GCSE B grade in English or Maths, the test is only available to students that have gained a grade C at GCSE level.

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit an equivalency test. If you successfully complete your equivalency test and you accept your place to study with SWWCTE then you can start your PGCE programme as planned.

Will I get any support before the test?

Yes. You are required to attend a one day workshop which is designed to help prepare you for the test with face-to-face support. On the day of your test you will also attend a half day workshop in the morning. In addition to our face-to-face workshops, we recommend that you consult one or more of the following revision resources:
Mathematics:

BBC Bitesize (Welsh)

BBC Bitesize (English)

http://www.conquermaths.com

GCSE Mathematics Revision Video (Welsh) by Gareth Evans, Ysgol y Creuddyn available on http://www.hwb.wales.gov.uk

GCSE Mathematics Revision booklets (available in Welsh and English) from bookshops, Amazon and WJEC (http://www.wjec.co.uk)

English:

BBC Bitesize (English)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise

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The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a one academic year (36 week) course that trains graduates to be secondary school teachers of Mathematics. Read more
The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a one academic year (36 week) course that trains graduates to be secondary school teachers of Mathematics.

The PGCE programme has been designed to train teachers to practice as a subject specialist teacher for the secondary age range (11-16). Trainees are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) across the age range. Trainees will also often gain experience of the 16-18 age range, although they will not be formally assessed in this phase.

Course detail

The course is active and practical allowing trainees to develop professional competence through work undertaken in schools and in the University. Trainees work with young people, develop their expertise in their specialist subject area, share and discuss educational issues and study relevant educational research. The course is just the beginning of what we hope will be a process of continual professional development throughout a challenging and rewarding career.

This is a recently added PGCE Secondary strand at UWE, run from September 2008. Teachers completing this route will be in a very strong position to gain employment. In the current climate of under-recruitment to mathematics teaching this course will enable participants to train to teach this shortage subject as well as being able to draw upon their knowledge of a Business/Economic/Finance degree.

Structure

The course is part of the Department of Education's programme for Initial Teacher Training. Units studied are:

• Enabling Learning
• Meeting Curriculum Challenges
• Becoming a Teacher

These units are studied in both the school and the University-based parts of the course, the work on each site being complementary.

This course will prepare you for teaching mathematics across the 11-16 age range, at Key Stages 3 and 4/GCSE. It will also prepare you to teach Business Education in school to young people in the 14-19 age range, including at GCSE and A level.

Throughout the course you will need to work at developing your personal subject knowledge in mathematics, business and ICT. Trainees will also learn about how best to teach, explain, demonstrate, connect, and bring to life these subjects for pupils. During subject sessions at UWE, you will be introduced to ideas and resources for teaching, see a variety of teaching approaches and learning activities, observe and evaluate videos of lessons, be introduced to how to plan for effective learning, and spend time discussing the many issues relating to learning. You will also gain experience of the real-life community and business contexts where these subjects are applied.

Format

We recognise that embarking on a new course of study can sometimes be quite a challenging undertaking. Students have three main sources of support and information from the University during the course: firstly there is the Group Tutor in their subject area, secondly each student is allocated a Personal Tutor and thirdly any student can get support on a range of issues from the Department Student Adviser.

Placements

A substantial proportion of the PGCE course is spent in school, learning about the school environment, observing and teaching. You will gain teaching experience in two complementary school/college placements. You will be supported by a Subject Mentor and a Senior Professional Tutor.

These staff and other teachers and colleagues within the school will support you in your learning to teach, assess, and manage classes. You will have the opportunity to enhance your experiences of working with young people further during the PGCE year in UWE and through your school placements, for example by taking part in master-classes and other activities with pupils from Partnership schools, by attending educational visits, working with young people in out-of-school contexts, or by participating in cross-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Assessment

In order to pass the course, trainees are required to pass each unit. They are assessed on a number of written assignments and also on classroom practice against the standards specified by the Secretary of State for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Careers / Further study

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes now include 40 credits of assessment at Master's Level (Level M). For candidates who opt not to attempt the requisite credit at Level M, a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education will be available as an alternative award.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a one academic year (36 week) course that trains graduates to be secondary school teachers of geography. Read more
The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a one academic year (36 week) course that trains graduates to be secondary school teachers of geography.

The PGCE programme has been designed to train teachers to practice as a subject specialist teacher for the secondary age range (11-16). Trainees are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) across the age range. Trainees will also often gain experience of the 16-18 age range, although they will not be formally assessed in this phase.

Course detail

If you have a passion for geography and enjoy working with young people then this is course for you! At UWE and through working in our partnership schools you will learn to become a teacher of geography who feels equipped to cope with the demands of secondary school teaching today. Secondary school students need teachers who can motivate, inspire and challenge them through a wide range of innovative and creative lessons. The PGCE Secondary Geography course at UWE will support you in becoming a confident and competent teacher of geography.

The course is active and practical allowing trainees to develop professional competence through work undertaken in schools and in the University. Trainees work with young people, develop their expertise in their specialist subject area, share and discuss educational issues and study relevant educational research. The course is just the beginning of what we hope will be a process of continual professional development throughout a challenging and rewarding career.

Structure

The course is part of the Department of Education's programme for Initial Teacher Training. Units studied are:

• Enabling Learning
• Meeting Curriculum Challenges
• Becoming a Teacher

These units are studied in both the school and the University-based parts of the course, the work on each site being complementary.

Aims of the programme

We aim to help you to develop:

• your skills, knowledge and understanding of geography as set out in the National Curriculum, GCSE, AS/A2 and of the contribution of geography to Applied GCSE courses such as Travel and Tourism
• confidence in planning geography activities which are challenging, engaging and relevant to young people
• activities that promote an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning
• fieldwork and other geographical skills, such as mobile learning with mapwork, the creative use of photographs, GIS and ICT
• creative approaches such as using poetry, creative writing and artistic expression
• an appreciation of the importance of geography in the school curriculum and its contribution to other areas of the curriculum including citizenship and environmental education
• knowledge of teaching and learning approaches in other humanities subjects including history and religious education
• your use of digital and media technology, including active learning techniques with videos, movie-making and animation within a geography context
• your sensitivity to the teaching of the many important and controversial issues that arise in our subject

Format

University sessions involve whole cohort lectures, cross subject seminar groups and geography specialist sessions. In geography you will learn through a wide range of teaching and learning styles. Each seminar session involves practical hands on application of theory, learning independently, in pairs and through group work. Activities provide you with the skills and understanding required to plan, resource and teach challenging and effective lessons in schools. All sessions are made available on the university's blackboard system for you to download and revisit. In school your subject mentor and colleagues in the geography department will continue to support you continue to learn what makes an outstanding teacher.

Placements

24 weeks are spent on placement: a total of eight weeks in one placement during the autumn term and 16 weeks in a second placement during the spring and summer.

As well as teaching, the programme includes contact time with a Senior Professional Tutor and a Subject Mentor, directed study time and personal study time.

There is an opportunity to spend time in a primary school and some students may also visit other institutions, such as special schools or colleges of further education.

Assessment

In order to pass the course, trainees are required to pass each unit. They are assessed on a number of written assignments and also on classroom practice against the standards specified by the Secretary of State for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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Are you passionate about inspiring young people to learn about the human body to the natural world? Then our PGCE Secondary Biology is the course for you. Read more

Are you passionate about inspiring young people to learn about the human body to the natural world? Then our PGCE Secondary Biology is the course for you. With so many important careers in healthcare and science dependent on people with skills and knowledge in this area, your ability to get your students excited about Biology is vital.

What's covered in the course?

Our aim is to help you become a committed, confident and creative teacher so we’ll train you in the essential tools you need to kick-start your career in education. As you progress, you’ll increase your ability to handle the ever-evolving teaching environment, and by the time your course is complete, you’ll be in a position to continue developing your understanding, knowledge and skills throughout your professional life.

After interview you may be advised you need to take a funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course, which we offer over 16 weeks, before you start your PGCE.

Assignments and school-centred activities are structured around the development of your School Experience Progress Journal (SEPJ) which demonstrates your progress against the nationally agreed competences (the Teachers’ Standards), which all teachers must meet throughout their career. A system of continuous review and assessment of progress in the SEPJ will support your growing ability to take responsibility for your own development. 

Why Choose Us?

  • At least 120 days across a minimum of two placements, in line with the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) requirements, supported by a subject mentor in your school and a personal development tutor at the University.
  • If you have a PhD, Master's or at least a 2:2 in your undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, you may be eligible for a bursary from the NCTL. For 2017 entry this bursary is £10,000 if you have 2:2, £12,000 if you have a 2:1 or Master’s and £15,000 if you have a First or a PhD.
  • We’re proud of our high employability rates, with 98 per cent of the School’s postgraduate students in employment or further study six months after completing their course (DLHE survey results 2014/15).
  • If you accept an offer from us you’ll be able to take part in our free Skills Test ‘bootcamps’ to make sure you’re ready to start your PGCE in September.
  • You'll gain Master's level credits gained as part of this course that you can then use towards a full Master's degree, such as our Master’s in Teaching and Learning or Educational Leadership.

Entry requirements

You will need to have a good degree (minimum 2:2 but 2:1 or 1st preferred) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent at least 50 per cent of which is in chemistry or a chemistry-related subject. You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if you are offered an interview you will take a written test to assess your standard of English.

For entry onto a teaching course you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.

Pre-Interview School Experience

For secondary teacher training there is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher.

As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect you to demonstrate your knowledge of biology and will assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.

Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for initial teacher training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments. Trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the Standards required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Evidence for the Standards is verified by mentors.

How do I apply?

All applications need to be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Course code: 32XS



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