Do you want to inspire young people and help change lives? Would you like to enjoy a great starting salary and a rewarding career?
Teaching offers all of this. Being able to educate and inspire future generations, seeing young people grow and develop with your help is unlike any other job.
As one of the UK’s leading and longest-running providers of teacher education, we can offer you the best foundation for a successful career in the profession. Completion of this Postgraduate Certificate in Education will provide you with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from one of the highest rated providers in the country.
If you study PGCE Secondary at Roehampton you will be taught by a supportive, passionate and driven team of academic staff. Our experienced team strive to ensure you receive the best education and will encourage you to become a confident and successful teacher. In addition to our academic staff, we also have a range of support departments to help you with everything from dealing with money matters, to support with your studies.
PGCE Secondary at Roehampton gives you a Masters qualification. This postgraduate qualification gives you the tools to build a successful career in teaching while providing a holistic view of the profession; you will look at the child, curriculum and teacher. We offer a wide range of subjects that you can specialise in:
In addition to your subject modules, you will also study a module which will hone your expertise and effectiveness as a teacher. You will learn how to manage a classroom, how planning and preparation contribute to the effectiveness of your teaching, how best to work with parents and other adults, and gain an understanding of children’s behaviour.
Our subject rooms are set up to resemble classrooms, ensuring that from your first day at university you will be in a school environment. This is important for your full immersion into the school environment and familiarity with the way classrooms are structured, and the type of resources teachers need on a daily basis.
Your placements at our partner schools will provide you with invaluable hands-on work experience giving you the confidence you need for your future career and a better understanding of how teaching works in practice.
All our academic staff have extensive teaching experience in schools, and many have served in local authorities or subject associations as advisory teachers, as Ofsted inspectors or as consultants. This means that our programmes are based on the reality of the classroom and the education system. Many work at the cutting edge of research in teacher education, which has a positive impact on the quality of provision for all of our students.
This one year qualification will build your confidence in the classroom, your understanding of the wider role a teacher plays and provide you with all the subject knowledge to effectively teach your specialist subject to all age groups of secondary school children.
You will select a subject that you would like to specialise in and over the course of the year complete two modules in this subject. You will be introduced to a range of theories, practice, pedagogy, current research and literature relevant to that subject. All of your learning will ask you to reflect on your own experiences in your school placement with a consideration of current issues and research. These reflections will then allow you to review and adjust your teaching methods to improve your own practice.
You will undertake two blocks of school experience, two blocks of school experience, Foundation for 6 weeks in one school, and 12 weeks Development and Consolidation in another.
You will take two subject specialism modules, as well as the below core modules:
This degree will qualify you to teach a specialist subject across the secondary sector. Besides teaching and school responsibilities, a number of our graduates go on to management and leadership roles within schools and other education settings. Graduates also follow careers in consultancy, sector communications, publishing, training, charity, policy, advocacy, government, national assessment and curriculum development roles. Others go on to further academic study, for example our MA in Education.
The aim of the course is to prepare you to be a qualified citizenship teacher who is passionately committed to the subject and able to progress to teach it confidently, meaningfully and creatively to 11-18 year olds in both secondary school and college settings. Your teaching and support is shared between the university its partner schools across the Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Humberside region.
You access a programme of university based subject training days focused on teaching citizenship, and led by specialist experienced citizenship practitioners. These are spread over the year, but 'front-loaded' to prepare you for your teaching placements. Most subject sessions take place on a Friday. Additionally, a smaller number of days will be focused on the teaching of subjects in the humanities - RE, Geography, and History - which help broaden your skills and knowledge, and prepare you for a wider range of teaching in schools.
External inputs from national providers like the UK Parliament Education Service, the Holocaust Education Trust and Personal Finance Education Group, develop your awareness of wider opportunities, resources and support for creative teaching. We spend a full day exploring approaches to teaching outside the classroom at the Peoples’ History Museum in Manchester.
Subject sessions in the university, and access to the university’s library resources, offer the necessary support for when you go onto produce the two required academic assignments for the award of QTS. 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 full masters degree (180 credits).
Subject sessions are also very practically based – introducing you to a variety of resources, ideas and teaching techniques appropriate to the citizenship classroom in Key Stages 3, 4 and post 16. Working with other trainees in the university setting provides opportunities to share and explore other teaching ideas and strategies throughout the year. As a subject group we build a shared bank of ideas and resources for teaching pupils of different ages and abilities, which can be trialled in the classroom on placement and stored for future use.
In the university sessions, we help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to be a successful teacher of citizenship, then with our partners in schools we support you in deploying these in practice in the classroom, building your confidence and professional autonomy.
School placements are central to the course. We have strong partnerships with secondary schools and colleges in the Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Humberside area. You complete two teaching placements, one in the autumn term between October and December and the second longer placement from January to June. During this time you are supported by a University-trained mentor in school, helping you develop your classroom pedagogy through advice on planning, regular classroom observation, and regular meetings to discuss progress and next steps.
The mentors also encourage and support wider thinking not just about the subject but the wider role of the teacher and about teacher professionalism. You engage in school-based training activities intended to complement the university-based programme, either alongside other trainees, NQTs or more experienced teachers to compliment this support.
School-based mentors also support you in completing a range of school-based tasks known as 'professional studies tasks', and an online tracking document known as the 'professional development portfolio' (PDP). By the end of the two placements you will be able to provide a range of evidence showing how you meet the qualified teacher status standards that are required by this course.
Your course tutor also visits you on both placements to observe you and discuss your progress, keeping in touch with your school-based mentor throughout.
In summary, on the PGCE Citizenship course you will learn how to:
If you are studying for a PGCE you may be entitled to a tax-free bursary. For further information about financial support see the funding pages on the National College for Teaching and Leadership website.
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.
For more information visit our School Direct page
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.
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.
Some graduates choose to continue with further study or find alternative employment in education-related fields.