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The MSc Educational Leadership (Teach First) is a natural progression from the Teach First PGCE programme. It will enable students who are working in local schools in challenging circumstances to be supported by University staff in extending their learning beyond the classroom. Read more
The MSc Educational Leadership (Teach First) is a natural progression from the Teach First PGCE programme. It will enable students who are working in local schools in challenging circumstances to be supported by University staff in extending their learning beyond the classroom.

You will engage with current educational research, much of which is being conducted by world-renowned scholars at the Graduate School of Education, and use it to interrogate and develop your own practice. In doing so, you will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to be a future educational leader with the capacity to undertake your own research.

Programme structure

The structure of the MSc Educational Leadership (Teach First) programme is as follows. You will import 60 credits from the Teach First PGCE programme and then go on to complete the following mandatory units:

Year 1
-Independent Self Study (Teach First) (30 credits)
-Future Leaders in Contexts of Change (Teach First) (30 credits)

Year 2
-Dissertation (Teach First) (60 credits)

Careers

We offer the academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges that you will encounter during your career. Our overarching goal is to enable our graduates to display the following characteristics:
-Able to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in their chosen field.
-Visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative.
-High ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice.
-Highly employable throughout the world.
-Adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community.

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The MA Transformational Leadership (Teach First) is for Teach First participants who occupy or aspire to a leadership and management position at any level in an education context. Read more

The MA Transformational Leadership (Teach First) is for Teach First participants who occupy or aspire to a leadership and management position at any level in an education context.

It is particuarly relevant to middle (pivotal) and senior leaders and managers, but since leadership and management issues affect everyone in education, you would also benefit if you are not in such a formal role.

The course enables you to join, and make sense of, three often separate worlds:

• Research and theory

• Policy – international, national, local and institutional

• Your own practice and ideas.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/transformational-leadership-teach-first.aspx

Year 1

- Module 1 – Independent Self Study

This module is based on the work within the Teach First Leadership Development Programme strands: Leading Learning, Leading People and Leading Self. The module assessment has two components.

Making the links:

Led by Christ Church tutors, you willl consider the following dimensions to the Masters programme, and in particular, the implications for Module 1 from the Leadership Development Programme:

• Reading and writing at Masters level with a view to creating frameworks for the two assignments

• Critical reading for self¬critical writing

• Finding a focus

• Studying independently

• Time management.

In addition to tutor¬led teaching, Action Learning Sets and Critical Friendship groups will be established. These will provide intensive, supportive critical perspectives to enhance professional development and leadership throughout the course, and will be employed in Module 1 to make the links between the Leadership Development Programme, the PGCE and the Independent Study.

- Module 2 – Transformational Leadership for Communities and Schools

Making the links:

Drawing upon learning from the PGCE, the Leadership Development Programme and the work underway on the Independent Study, you will be supported in engaging critically with the following themes:

• Leading and managing change for improvement

• Theories and practice of transformational leadership at school and community level

• Leadership challenges in the context of Kent and Medway

• Leading and managing effective teams to make a difference to schools and communities

• Understanding the impact of socio¬economic factors on learning.

Year 2

- Module 3 – Research Methods

Tutors will lead the research methods course, supporting you in enhancing your skills of review, analysis, critical reflection, interrogation and critical interpretation of data. Reflexivity will be revisited and positionality introduced in this module.

Action Learning Sets and Critical Friendship groups will provide the structure for you to co-construct your research proposals using frameworks provided within the module and to articulate them for approval.

- Module 4 – Dissertation (15,000 – 18,000 words)

You will be supported in researching and writing your dissertations in different ways:

• One-to-one support from a University supervisor

• Support in Critical Friendship groups through the VLE

In addition, you are invited to attend the postgraduate writing weekends. These well-established weekends are optional and provide you with a supportive space within which to think, discuss and write, making intensive use of University library facilities with tutor guidance and peer support.

Termly postgraduate conferences enable you to engage in discussion and share learning with other practitioner researchers; this includes conferences focusing specifically on research and writing along with a range of themes in education, learning and leadership.

Assessment

Assignments, presentations and a dissertation.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Fees and Funding

See our postgraduate fees and funding page to discover the loans, scholarships and bursaries available.

View https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/postgraduate-fees-funding/postgraduate-funding.aspx



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Pathways. - Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) PCET. - Professional Certificate of Education (PCE) PCET.​. Read more

Course Overview

Pathways:
- Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) PCET
- Professional Certificate of Education (PCE) PCET.​

The PGCE PCET is aimed at graduates who want to teach in their degree subject or graduates with a further qualification in the subject area in which they aim to teach. They will also be teaching or actively seeking teaching in the post-compulsory sector of education and training. Students do not need GCSE Maths or English to apply for this course.

The PCE PCET is aimed at students with a Level 3 qualification (NVQ3, OCN 3, A Level equivalence) preferably in the subject they are teaching or want to teach. The programme is for students who have experience in their subject areas and who wish to further their experience by teaching in the PCET or lifelong learning sector. Students do not need GCSE Maths or English to apply for this course.

Graduate and non-graduate entrants will follow the same learning pattern but, in compliance with the requirements of QAA, be taught at the differentiated levels for undergraduate study in Year 2.

- Prepare to Teach
The Preparing to teach 10 week taster course is for students with a Level 3 qualification who do not wish to undertake a two-year programme of study but who want to teach. This is an equivalence of Module 1 of the PGCE or PCE. Students would then be exempt from this module should they decide to apply for the PGCE or PCE at a later date.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/courses/Pages/Post-Compulsory-Education-and-Training-(PCET)-PGCE-PCE.aspx

Course Content

The Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) sector is an area of growing importance in a world of rapidly evolving economic and social change. As individuals face the need to upgrade their skills in order to meet the requires on the world of work, educators in the Post 16 sector have a key role to play in helping them to achieve their learning goals

The Cardiff Met PCET programmes have been devised to introduce you to teaching in the post compulsory education and training (PCET) sector including tertiary, further and higher education, adult and community education, vocational and 14- 19 education as well as training in the private sector or work-based learning environments. These two-year part time programmes will engage you in both academic and practical assignments.

The ethos of the programme is predicated upon student-centred learning which includes the interchange ability of staff/student roles, the pooling of intellectual resources and experiences and the structured opportunities for skills-sharing.

The general aim of the programmes is to produce teachers or trainers who can demonstrate competence across the range of roles and tasks related to the design, delivery, management and evaluation of learning. Students will leave the programme equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge that underpin the performance of those tasks expected of the professional educator or trainer in the post-compulsory sector.

The programme aims to provide a high quality and professionally appropriate experience that offers the opportunity for students to develop their abilities to plan and undertake projects related to practice; further to link their practice to theory in a critical and evaluative way. It aims to equip students with the skills to engage with the concept of reflective practice and to select areas of professional relevance for their study.

The overall aim is to create 'reflective practitioners'.
Modules:
Year 1
- Level 4 Preparing to Teach
- Level 5 Delivering Learning and Teaching
- Level 5 Reflective Practice 1

Year 2
The following modules are delivered on both programmes - the PCE PCET are delivered at Level 5 and the PGCE PCET at Level 6
- Context of PCET
- Professional Development in PCET
- Teaching and Learning Strategies in PCET
- Curriculum Planning and Design in PCET
- Subject Pedagogy and Reflective Practice 2

The Course Team reserve the right to amend the programme to ensure compliance with professional standards.

Learning & Teaching

The programme team recognises that adult learners bring with them experiences which can be used as a resource for learning. Consequently formal lectures are not a feature of this programme. We expect all sessions to involve students actively participating in their learning.

The overall emphasis will be on working together and effectively utilising the experiences and skills that the individual learners bring to the group. This student-centred approach allows students to take responsibility for their own learning. Tutors are seen as facilitators of learning, providing resources, supporting, stimulating and challenging where appropriate.

To this end the teaching methods on the programme will include:

Input from tutors. These can be useful in providing new or up-to-date information to larger groups provided there is an ongoing opportunity for questioning and participation. They will be used sparingly on the programme to generate interest in new subjects and provide information for future discussion, analysis and evaluation.

Small group work. This will be one of the key strategies utilised. The major aim of these activities will be to develop skills relating to thinking, discussion and the presentation of information. Students will be able to practise their communication skills, listen to other group members, support weaker peers and observe group dynamics in action. They will have extensive opportunities to develop their presentation skills in a safe environment and learn how to give encouraging and constructive feedback to their colleagues. Methods utilised will include:
- Ice-breaking exercises
- Team-building exercises
- Workshops
- Buzz groups and brainstorming
- Simulations
- Case-studies
- Role plays

Seminars. These will be led by programme members and will allow them to further develop their presentation and delivery skills. They will be designed to allow group members to explore issues relating to their own institutional settings or their academic specialisms.

Individualised learning periods. Directed self-study allowing programme members to learn at their own pace outside the framework of class activities. The number of hours of self-study varies for each student and it would be worth discussing this with your personal tutor at the start of the year.

Tutorials. Group members will meet with their individual tutors at regular intervals to reflect on their learning experiences, share concerns and problems and set learning targets.

Moodle is Cardiff Met’s virtual learning environment and you will be able to use this to access materials/information relating to the programme from a networked PC. Moodle will also be used for academic and social online discussion forum, blog discussions and for online learning resources.

Assessment

You may be assessed by a combination of assessment methods appropriate to the PGCE and PCE programme levels and may include:
- Written assessments (WRIT) such as reports, self-reflections, analytical documents, case studies, online blogs, peer assessments, essays;

- Presentations (PRES) and Microteaching sessions which may be individual and/or group; seminar; (non)-interactive; with audience;

- Practicals (PRAC) such as individual and/or group; coaching; mentoring;; performance;

- Portfolio (PORT) that includes a collection of evidence, frequently including a contextual statement; poster; website;

- Placements (PLAC) such as a fieldwork placement; school placement; experiencing the world of work.

The programme is continually assessed through module assignments and two hundred hours of supervised teaching experience to include 130 hours of direct teaching over the two years.

Students will undertake four observed teaching hours in Year 1 and four in Year 2. Each of these will require written preparation and also a self-evaluation report following the observation.

Employability & Careers

The PGCE and PCE PCET will qualify you to teach in Further and Higher Education, youth, adult and community education, 14- 19 sector, work-based education, training in HMForces, prison, industry and commercial training departments.

Students who have completed this course have gone on to part or full-time teaching in the post compulsory sector of education and training, usually teaching their subject and other subject related areas. All graduates leaving the course are signposted to Cardiff County Council and Cardiff Met’s Widening Access department as potential adult education tutors for outreach and summer school activities. .Some students are offered teaching opportunities by their mentor once they have graduated.

​Progression Routes:
Non-graduates successfully completing the PCE (PCET) will gain 120 credits at levels 4 and 5. Students would be able to progress on to a degree programme in their specific subject discipline.

Graduates completing the PGCE (PCET) will gain 120 credits at levels 4, 5 and 6. Students can then progress onto Masters programmes within their particular subject area.

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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Learn how to share your enthusiasm for chemistry and inspire the next generation of children and young people. This course enables you to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). Read more

Learn how to share your enthusiasm for chemistry and inspire the next generation of children and young people.

This course enables you to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). It equips you to teach National Curriculum science at Key Stages 3 and 4 and to teach chemistry at higher level Key Stage 4 and post-16 teaching.

Chemistry teachers are in high demand, so the job prospects when you qualify are very good. And since chemistry is a priority subject, you could be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £25,000.

During the course you develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to teach pupils of all abilities by

  • enhancing your subject knowledge and skills
  • learning to use relevant literature, research and educational theories relating to teaching science and the wider curriculum
  • building your confidence and enthusiasm to become a successful teacher of pupils at all levels of ability
  • developing a wide range of interactive and engaging teaching strategies
  • developing your classroom management and behaviour management skills
  • using a variety of techniques for monitoring pupils' progress
  • learning about the wider role of teachers in school
  • learning about the way schools and the education system function
  • understanding how to apply your skills and knowledge in a school setting
  • developing your evaluation and critical reflection skills
  • meeting the QTS standard for teachers

With our PGCE you complete two periods of school-based training in 11–16, 11–18 or post-16 settings. This allows you to experience the full progression through at least two key stages. In total you spend around 120 days on school-based training.

While on placement you benefit from excellent support and mentoring from a university-trained mentor. We have placement links with over 600 schools and other institutions, we are also involved with a variety of lead schools on the School Direct programme, and many of our students end up being offered teaching jobs in the schools that they train in.

All of our practical sessions take place in purpose-built labs, which replicate the teaching areas typically found in schools.

During the course, you’ll be able to choose to complete either the PGCE or the professional graduate certificate in education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications will earn you QTS status, but the PGCE also gives you 60 credits towards a masters degree.

School direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. On the School Direct route, 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

Expert tutors

Our expert science tutors have over 120 years’ teaching experience between them. They have held positions ranging from head of department to assistant head and head of year in a variety of local, national and international schools, where they were responsible for teacher trainees, the induction of NQTs and staff development. They continue to retain close links with many local schools.

Course structure

Modules:

  • developing and reflecting on subject knowledge and subject pedagogy
  • developing and reflecting on professional practice
  • school based training 1
  • school based training 2

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.

Assessment

  • academic assignments including practice-based essays
  • individual and group work
  • presentations and reports
  • preparing teaching materials and plans
  • teaching practice

Employability

We have a superb record for graduate employment: Over 96% per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

Many students gain employment in the region, thanks to our excellent links with over 600 placement partners. About a third of our students accept a job where they did a placement.

After completing this course, you are able to teach science at Key Stages 3 and 4, and to teach chemistry at a higher level, at Key Stage 4 and post-16. You could choose to teach in a range of settings, such as 11–16 or 11–18, as well as in the learning and skills sector (also called post-16 or post-compulsory education).

The UK government is actively recruiting more science teachers, so specialising in chemistry is a good move.



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The UCL Institute of Education is a leading centre for teacher education in Europe and one of the largest teacher training providers in London. Read more
The UCL Institute of Education is a leading centre for teacher education in Europe and one of 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. The IOE was recognised by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ across every programme.

All of our programmes are modular and you can use IOE PGCE credits to contribute towards a Masters qualification in education.

Biology

Study Secondary Biology at the UCL Institute of Education - http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/biology-pgce

The Biology PGCE will help students to develop the professional skills and knowledge needed to teach all aspects of science to pupils at least up to age 16, as well as biology to pupils aged up to 18.

Students will acquire a critical understanding of current debates and issues relating to science education and, particularly biology, and we will guide and support them in developing their subject knowledge. Students will also have the opportunity to teach outside the classroom in a variety of London venues such as Kew Gardens.

Bursaries (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/bursaries-and-funding) of £15,000-£20,000 are available to students who meet the eligibility criteria for the Biology programme.
We also offer this course through the School Direct Tuition Fee route (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/science-biology-school-direct-pgce) in partnership with a number of schools. Alternatively, those with three years of work experience (in any sector) may wish to consider the School Direct Salaried route (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/biology-school-direct-salaried).

Chemistry

Study Secondary Chemistry at the UCL Institute of Education - http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/chemistry-pgce

The Chemistry Secondary PGCE will help students to develop the professional skills and knowledge needed to teach all aspects of science to pupils at least up to age 16, as well as chemistry to pupils aged up to 18. The IOE was recognised by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ across every programme.

Students will acquire a critical understanding of current debates and issues relating to science education, particularly chemistry, and we will guide and support them in developing their subject knowledge. Students will also have the opportunity to teach outside the classroom in a variety of London venues as well as to take part in a short field visit.

Bursaries (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/bursaries-and-funding) of £20,000-£25,000 are available to students who meet the eligibility criteria for the Chemistry programme.

We also offer this course through the School Direct Tuition Fee route (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/chemistry-school-direct-pgce-1) in partnership with a number of schools. Alternatively, those with three years of work experience (in any sector) may wish to consider the School Direct Salaried route (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/chemistry-school-direct-salaried).

Physics

Study Secondary Physics at the UCL Institute of Education - http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/physics-pgce

This programme will help students to develop the professional skills and knowledge they need to teach all aspects of science to pupils at least up to age 16, as well as physics to pupils aged up to 18. We are committed to creative approaches to teaching science, and students will be encouraged to develop resources during the programme.

Students will get help in developing the professional skills and knowledge needed to teach all aspects of science to pupils at least up to age 16, as well as physics to pupils aged up to 18. The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is committed to creative approaches to teaching science, and students will be encouraged to develop resources during the programme. They will also acquire a critical understanding of current debates and issues relating to science education, particularly physics, and we will guide and support students in developing their subject knowledge.

Bursaries (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/bursaries-and-funding) of £9,000-£30,000 are available to students who meet the eligibility criteria for the Physics programme.
We also offer this course through the School Direct Tuition Fee route (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/science-physics-school-direct-pgce) in partnership with a number of schools. Alternatively, those with three years of work experience (in any sector) may wish to consider the School Direct Salaried route (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/physics-school-direct-salaried)

More information
The UCL Institute of Education offers a wide range of routes into secondary science teaching. To find out more, please visit our website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees

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The PGCE Physics with Mathematics provides a clear, thoughtful and critical introduction to teaching science, drawing on leading education research carried out at King’s. Read more

The PGCE Physics with Mathematics provides a clear, thoughtful and critical introduction to teaching science, drawing on leading education research carried out at King’s. We work in close partnership with schools in designing, delivering and assessing our course in order to develop excellent, reflective classroom practitioners.

Key benefits:

  • A unique study course that is designed around a strong research base to provide you with the knowledge and essential skills for a successful teaching career.
  • A working partnership with a broad range of schools in London and beyond, providing unique opportunities to learn how to teach a full diversity of students.
  • Our PGCE is rated Outstanding by Ofsted at our most recent inspection in 2015.
  • We prepare students to teach outside the classroom: there is a residential field-trip and several other opportunities to make best use of what London has to offer the science teacher, from the South Bank to the Natural History Museum.

Description

Our course combines the theory and practice of education which is why you spend over 50 days at university and 120 days in schools. Our course is research-led and you will develop your knowledge of how pupils learn; how assessment can improve teaching and learning; how to plan lessons, and how to make most use of the laboratory and the outdoors to teach effectively.

There are two blocks of school experience, one starting in the autumn and the other in the spring. You will spend time observing other teachers and their classes before beginning to teach yourself. You will teach more during the second school experience than you will in the first one. During the year you will also spend time in a primary school, so that you can see what pupils experience before they arrive in secondary school.

You will spend some of your time in college working in a group with other physics with maths trainees. You will also spend some time working with students from a range of other subject areas.

The course includes residential fieldwork based at the Field Studies Council centre in Surrey. There are many other opportunities for you to develop your abilities to teach beyond the classroom, in the school grounds and beyond.

School Direct Route offered: The School Direct Non Salaried teacher training route is composed of a partnership between King’s College London and a Lead School. Students apply to the Lead School for admission to the programme. The academic components of the course are delivered by King’s College London whilst the secondary school teaching experience is organised by the Lead School.

Course purpose

The aim of our course is to make you an effective teacher of physics and to help you develop high professional standards. You will also gain some knowledge and experience of teaching maths. Our course is designed to prepare you to work in secondary schools teaching physics to students from ages 11-18, as well as teaching maths.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

You can typically expect:

  • The equivalent of over 50 days of academic sessions at King’s (typically three hours in the morning and/or afternoon spread throughout the academic year).
  • Approximately 120 days of teaching placement.* This includes a short period of placement in primary schools (typically four days).
  • A number of one to one tutorials totaling five to seven sessions across the year.
  • Two visits from a tutor whilst on placement to observe lessons and monitor progress
  • Regular** meetings with a mentor, who will be a member of staff at your placement school, whilst on placement.
  • Written feedback on all credit-bearing assignments within four weeks of the deadline.

* This 120 day figure represents the standard number of placement days. In certain cases, following assessment by course tutors and mentors, students may be required to undertake a greater number of placement days to demonstrate their ability to meet the Teacher Standards.

** Typically each trainee will have a meeting with their mentor during each week they are on placement. In certain circumstances the frequency may vary.

The types of learning commitment encompassed within the course vary depending on modules. For this course one credit represents the equivalent of 10 hours of learning and engagement.

Assessment

  • The 45-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a combination of a written portfolio (equivalent to 8,000 words) and assessment of your teaching practice against the Teaching Standards as set out by the government’s Department for Education. Progress in meeting the teaching standards will be monitored through three progress reports that will be completed by staff at the placement school.
  • The 30-credit master’s-level modules will each be assessed by a 6,000 word written assignment heavily based on in-school research that trainees undertake.
  • The 15-credit honours-level module will be assessed by an assignment focusing on data collection methods in the school environment.

Location

Students undertake placements in secondary schools that work in partnership with King’s College London. Partnership schools are located across central London and the Greater London area. Whilst every effort is made to place PGCE trainees in local schools, due to the changing nature of initial teacher education and limited availability of placements in certain subject areas, trainees should be prepared to travel to their placement schools throughout the Greater London area and beyond.

Students also organise their own short placement at a state primary school. Further information on this short placement is provided during the course.

School Direct Route:  Students undertake teaching placements in secondary schools selected by their Lead School. Whilst every effort is made to place PGCE trainees in local schools, due to the changing nature of initial teacher education and limited availability of placements in certain subject areas, trainees should be prepared to travel to their placement schools throughout the Greater London Area and beyond.

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Why study this course?. Train to teach English with media to 11 to 16-year-olds with our . National College for Teaching and Leadership. Read more

Why study this course?

Train to teach English with media to 11 to 16-year-olds with our National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited course and begin your fulfilling career as a secondary school teacher. You’ll learn the principles of effective English teaching and how to develop school pupils’ love of literature.

More about this course

This NCTL-accredited PGCE Secondary English with Media course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and prepares you to teach 11 to 16-year-olds, while also giving you the opportunity to teach at a college level.

You’ll learn to equip pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to promote high standards of language and literacy. This will also help develop school pupils’ love of literature and reading for their own enjoyment.

We run this course in collaboration with the English and Media Centre (EMC), an award-winning educational charity. EMC tutors will provide you with support throughout the course, drawing on their extensive experience of consultancy for schools and running Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers. You’ll continue to receive support from a dedicated EMC tutor throughout your school experience.

This PGCE course benefits from our London location and will broaden your understanding of teaching in multicultural and diverse urban environments. Through study, discussion and teaching you’ll develop an understanding of how children learn and the methods you can use to help them to effectively develop their English and media skills.

We place great emphasis on sharing feedback with your peers and colleagues. You’ll complete a weekly reflection and contribute to discussions online in order to further develop your understanding of the role of a secondary teacher.

Although you'll be focused on learning how to teach 11 to 16-year-olds, we seek to provide opportunities for teaching college-aged children wherever possible.

This PGCE course also provides a £1,000 bursary in addition to the £9,000 teacher training bursary which you may be eligible for.

You may be eligible for the £15,000 teacher training bursary.

Assessment

Your assessment will consist of four elements:

  • School placement A
  • School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
  • a Professional Practice Portfolio, which is compiled across the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
  • the Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore broader issues and policies related to English and education

Modular structure

Module 1 - Curriculum Studies, includes:

  • the theoretical underpinning of English as a subject
  • the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well-structured lessons in the secondary curriculum
  • sessions on English language and literature (and the aspects of English: reading, writing, speaking and listening)
  • training to assess school pupils' progress in each of these curriculum areas

Module 2 - Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP), includes:

  • support for the wider professional development of each student teacher
  • discussion of the role of children's rights and how this underpins effective learning relationships
  • understanding of different aspects of inclusive education
  • introduction to the whole school and wider children's workforce, teamwork and collaborative discussion across different subject areas

There are no examinations.

You will spend 120 days in school spread across two London placements learning to teach with a mentor in secondary schools. In both university and classroom contexts, your self-directed study is extremely important in order to support your development of purposeful educational enquiry, preparing effective teaching resources and ensure your subject knowledge is up-to-date.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).



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Train to teach Modern Languages to 11 to 16-year-olds with London Metropolitan University and begin your fulfilling career in secondary schools. Read more
Train to teach Modern Languages to 11 to 16-year-olds with London Metropolitan University and begin your fulfilling career in secondary schools. You’ll learn the principles of effective Modern Languages teaching and how to develop school childrens’ love of the foreign word. Your placements at our partnership schools will back up what you have learnt with hands-on practical experience. Attendees of our National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) accredited PGCE Secondary courses attain high results, with 95% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course and 96% going on to obtain employment, often with their placement schools.

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This NCTL accredited PGCE Secondary Modern Languages course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and prepares you to teach 11 to 16-year-olds (Key Stages 3 and 4) in a secondary school environment. It also gives you the opportunity to teach the 16-18 age range.

The modern languages included are French, Spanish and German, and you will be developing pupils’ skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing the language they choose to learn.

If you only speak German or Spanish, we offer a 12-week Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) in French, enabling you to teach French up to Key Stage 3. The SKE is fully funded and bursaries are available to eligible applicants.

At the University, you’ll study teaching methodology, pupil assessment and how children learn. There will also be collaborative and school-based projects with other trainees.

Based in London, this PGCE course will broaden your understanding of teaching in multicultural urban environments. Through your two school placements, you’ll learn how to help 11-16-year-olds develop their foreign languages effectively and fluently.

This commitment to high standards has led to positive reviews from Ofsted:

"Headteachers are particularly complimentary about the fact that the trainees and Newly Qualified Teachers are well prepared to meet the specific challenges of teaching pupils in the London environment."
Ofsted 2015

Your assessment will consist of four elements:
-School placement A
-School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
-A Professional Practice Portfolio which is compiled throughout the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
-The Educational Research Assignment which allows you to explore an educational issue

There are no examinations.

You'll share feedback with your peers and colleagues on the placement, completing weekly reflections and contributing to online discussions in order to further develop your understanding of the secondary teacher role.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Curriculum Studies (core, 30 credits)
-Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (core, 30 credits)
-School Experience to Progress Point 2 (core, 15 credits)
-School Experience to Progress Point 5 (core, 45 credits)

What our students say

"I personally believe that London Met is an excellent PGCE course provider and the Modern Languages course prepares students very well for a teaching career in this subject. What I appreciated the most was the tutors and the relationships they were able to build with the students. The PGCE year can be a stressful one and it is very important for student teachers to feel supported. The tutors at London Met do this. They teach that in order to be a good teacher you have to encourage pupils and they do it with their student teachers as well. Excellent!" Former PGCE Secondary Modern Languages trainee

After the course

This intensive PGCE leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which enables you to teach Modern Languages to 11 to 16-year-olds. Our trainees have gone on to secure secondary teacher roles at schools including Ark Academy, Ralph Allen School, Bushey Academy and more.

Funding

Funding is available for many postgraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Depending on your teachng subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 through the teacher training bursary.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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By choosing to train as a teacher of five to 11-year-olds with London Metropolitan University, you’ll be joining a powerful partnership of diverse teachers and schools. Read more
By choosing to train as a teacher of five to 11-year-olds with London Metropolitan University, you’ll be joining a powerful partnership of diverse teachers and schools. In this National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited course, the emphasis is on urban multicultural environments, ideal if you want to teach in a city setting. You’ll undertake school placements of 11 and 13 weeks, giving you hands-on practical experience. Our trainees attain highly, with 95% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course, and 96% obtaining employment, many in their placement schools.

More about this course

This exciting NCTL-accredited PGCE course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and prepares you to teach five to 11-year-olds (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2). You'll also be able to work in an Early Years setting.

Our course has two modules designed to help you develop an understanding of your future role as a primary school teacher. This structure gives you room to develop your classroom practice as well as examine the underlying principles and values around educational issues.

The Curriculum Studies module introduces you to the challenges of teaching within urban, multicultural and multilingual schools. You’ll also learn how to teach core subjects including English, Mathematics and Science.

The Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP) module includes your two extended school placements of 11 and 13 weeks. There are clear links to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), giving you a responsible framework for meeting the needs of all the children you’ll teach.

Throughout your school placements, our school-based mentors and university-linked tutors will support you in in the classroom. The latter will also teach your university sessions, ensuring there is continuity of support throughout your training. By working in both environments, you have the chance to reflect on the links between your own teaching theory and practice.

With its educational links and high-quality teaching, this course is highly rated by Ofsted:

"[There is an] inclusive, welcoming and open ethos and culture created by course leaders. Combined with the tailored and personalised support trainees receive, [this] enables them to successfully complete their training and confidently go on to gain employment."
Ofsted, 2016.

Your assessment will consist of four elements:
-School placement A
-School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
-A Professional Practice Portfolio which is compiled across the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
-The Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore an educational issue

There are no examinations.

Professional accreditation

This PGCE course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Curriculum Studies (core, 30 credits)
-Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (core, 30 credits)
-School Experience to Progress Point 2 (core, 15 credits)
-School Experience to Progress Point 5 (core, 45 credits)

After the course

This intensive PGCE leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which enables you to teach five to 11-year-olds. Our trainees have gone on to secure primary teacher roles at schools including Epsom Primary School, Dartford Bridge Primary, Mission Grove Primary School and more.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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Why study this course?. Train to teach English with media to 11 to 16-year-olds with our . National College for Teaching and Leadership. Read more

Why study this course?

Train to teach English with media to 11 to 16-year-olds with our National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited course and begin your fulfilling career as a secondary school teacher. You’ll learn the principles of effective English teaching and how to develop school pupils’ love of literature.

More about this course

This NCTL-accredited PGCE Secondary English with Media course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and prepares you to teach 11 to 16-year-olds, while also giving you the opportunity to teach at a college level.

You’ll learn to equip pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to promote high standards of language and literacy. This will also help develop school pupils’ love of literature and reading for their own enjoyment.

We run this course in collaboration with the English and Media Centre (EMC), an award-winning educational charity. EMC tutors will provide you with support throughout the course, drawing on their extensive experience of consultancy for schools and running Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers. You’ll continue to receive support from a dedicated EMC tutor throughout your school experience.

This PGCE course benefits from our London location and will broaden your understanding of teaching in multicultural and diverse urban environments. Through study, discussion and teaching you’ll develop an understanding of how children learn and the methods you can use to help them to effectively develop their English and media skills.

We place great emphasis on sharing feedback with your peers and colleagues. You’ll complete a weekly reflection and contribute to discussions online in order to further develop your understanding of the role of a secondary teacher.

Although you'll be focused on learning how to teach 11 to 16-year-olds, we seek to provide opportunities for teaching college-aged children wherever possible.

This PGCE course also provides a £1,000 bursary in addition to the £9,000 teacher training bursary which you may be eligible for.

You may be eligible for the £15,000 teacher training bursary.

Assessment

Your assessment will consist of four elements:

  • School placement A
  • School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
  • a Professional Practice Portfolio, which is compiled across the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
  • the Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore broader issues and policies related to English and education

Modular structure

Module 1 - Curriculum Studies, includes:

  • the theoretical underpinning of English as a subject
  • the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well-structured lessons in the secondary curriculum
  • sessions on English language and literature (and the aspects of English: reading, writing, speaking and listening)
  • training to assess school pupils' progress in each of these curriculum areas

Module 2 - Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP), includes:

  • support for the wider professional development of each student teacher
  • discussion of the role of children's rights and how this underpins effective learning relationships
  • understanding of different aspects of inclusive education
  • introduction to the whole school and wider children's workforce, teamwork and collaborative discussion across different subject areas

There are no examinations.

You will spend 120 days in school spread across two London placements learning to teach with a mentor in secondary schools. In both university and classroom contexts, your self-directed study is extremely important in order to support your development of purposeful educational enquiry, preparing effective teaching resources and ensure your subject knowledge is up-to-date.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).



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This course develops your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and skills in teaching modern languages. You achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) equipping you to teach National Curriculum modern languages at Key Stages 3, 4 and post-16. Read more

This course develops your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and skills in teaching modern languages. You achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) equipping you to teach National Curriculum modern languages at Key Stages 3, 4 and post-16.

The current shortage of modern-language teachers makes this a great choice of subject to teach at secondary-school level and beyond. Modern languages are a priority subject, so having the skills to enthuse and motivate others in French, German or Spanish will make it easier for you to find a job when you graduate. You may also be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £25,000.

During the course you

  • deepen your subject knowledge and skills
  • learn to use relevant literature, research and educational theories relating to teaching modern languages and the wider curriculum
  • become a successful teacher of pupils at all levels of ability
  • develop a wide range of interactive, engaging and tailorable teaching strategies
  • develop your classroom management and behaviour management skills
  • use a variety of techniques for monitoring pupils' progress
  • learn about the wider role of teachers in school
  • learn about the way schools and the education system function
  • apply your skills and knowledge in a school context
  • develop your evaluation and critical reflection skills
  • meet the teacher's standards for personal development

Specialist speakers are invited in throughout the year to enhance the learning experience.

Our modern language teacher-training students train to teach in one or more of the three main teaching languages of French, Spanish and German. However, placements and employment prospects are greatly enhanced for those with more than one language to offer, so if you are a single linguist then we may make your place conditional on completing a National College for Teaching and Leadership funded French, Spanish or German extension course in the summer before the course starts.

With our PGCE you complete two contrasting placements in 11–16 or 11–18 settings. This allows you to experience the full progression from Key Stages 3 to post-16. In total you spend around 120 days on placement. While on placement you benefit from excellent support and mentoring from a university-trained mentor. We have placement links with over 600 schools and other institutions, and a third of our students are being offered teaching jobs in a school where they complete a placement.

During the course, you’ll be able to choose to complete either the PGCE or the professional graduate certificate in education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications will earn you QTS status, but the PGCE also gives you 60 credits towards a masters degree.

School Direct

Through 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.

For more information visit our School Direct page

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Course structure

Modules

  • developing and reflecting on subject knowledge and subject pedagogy
  • developing and reflecting on professional practice
  • programme of preparation and mentoring in preparation for your placements
  • two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice, totalling around 120 days in placement schools (may require travel)

Assessment

  • research projects
  • individual and group work
  • presentations and reports
  • preparing teaching materials and plans
  • teaching practice

Employability

We have a superb record for graduate employment. Over 96% per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

After completing this course, you are able to teach modern languages in a range of settings, such as 11–16 or 11–18, as well as in the learning and skills sector (also called post-16 or post-compulsory education).

Many students gain employment in the region, thanks to our excellent links with over 600 placement partners. About a third of our students accept a job where they did a placement — and since you complete two placements, that increases your chances of being offered a job at a place you already know.

Modern languages are a fantastic choice for your PGCE because the country is short of languages teachers — so your job prospects on graduation are particularly good, especially with the recent introduction of the English Baccalaureate. 



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About. You will acquire knowledge and skills in those areas of Technology and Design in which you may have had little or no experience, e.g. Read more

About

You will acquire knowledge and skills in those areas of Technology and Design in which you may have had little or no experience, e.g. CAD (solid works) , Electronic Systems, PCB production, Pneumatic Control Systems, Graphics and Computer Control Systems. While practical in nature, you will draw on knowledge gained from the other areas of the course and at all times, apply these skills in the classroom. As an aspiring professional, you will be expected to be self-motivated and to take the initiative in managing your own professional development. In your school placements you will be expected to prioritize pupil learning and develop your teaching strategies accordingly. Elements of the course are taught at Masters level and you will be expected to support your development with a detailed understanding of current research and literature in teaching, learning and Technology and Design. You will be assessed through a variety of means including e-portfolio, essays, observations and tests.

“The Northern Ireland Curriculum aims to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives.” The overall aim of our PGCE programme at Ulster is to support this aim and to foster the development of pedagogical competences in the following three areas: - Professional Values and Practice; Professional Knowledge and Understanding and Professional Skills and Application. To achieve these aims the PGCE post-primary programme at Ulster University prepares student teachers to be competent in the following: - the ability to plan, teach and assess worthwhile learning activities in their subject area(s) in post-primary schools in Northern Ireland for the 11-18 age group; - the acquisition of the knowledge, understanding and skills that are essential for the promotion of learning among pupils; - to assume responsibility for developing as competent reflective practitioners, able to monitor and evaluate their teaching performance; - to realise a commitment to on-going personal and professional development in pursuit of sustained pupil learning and school improvement. Student teachers on the PGCE will evidence their competence through achieving the following objectives by demonstrating:

  • a critical understanding of the Northern Ireland Curriculum and of National Curriculum requirements;
  • a knowledge of their subject and its contribution to the area of study and to the “Big Picture” of the curriculum at Key Stages 3 & 4 with its objectives of: a) developing the young person as an individual; b) developing the young person as a contributor to society and c) developing the young person as a contributor to the economy and the environment.

The successful completion of the PGCE also requires the student to:

  • recognise and take account of those factors which influence curriculum planning in a particular school context;
  • understand how children learn and appreciate the social, moral, psychological and cultural factors which affect educational attainment; plan, teach and evaluate lessons, units and schemes of work organise and manage classes effectively;
  • use a range of teaching and learning methodologies supported by resources for pupils of all ability levels, including those with special educational needs;
  • recognise the need for continuity, progression and differentiation in pupils' learning;
  • assess for learning including the recording and reporting pupil achievement;
  • adopt an assessment of learning mindset;;
  • develop pupils' language and numeracy skills through the teaching of their subject;
  • promote skills of problem solving, decision making, presentation, teamwork, leadership and independent learning;
  • develop pupils' personal and interpersonal skills;
  • promote fairness and equality of opportunity;
  • build and sustain good relationships with both pupils and staff;
  • work co-operatively with colleagues and other student teachers and contribute to school wide activities;
  • develop skills and confidence in Information Communications Technology (ICT) and emerging technologies for both personal and professional use.

Jurisdiction

The PGCE is a recognized teaching qualification in the UK. For those applicants wishing to teach in other jurisdictions we recommend that you contact the relevant authorities there to discuss their requirements for recognised teacher status.

Attendance

This is a programme of professional education and training of teachers for the teaching profession. Attendance therefore is compulsory for all activities, modules and components of the course. The main PGCE course runs from the end of August to the beginning of June. University modules normally run from Monday to Friday (9:30-4:30) and students are required to attend all classes and course activities. School placements (of which there are two, each of twelve weeks) require commitment to the school, usually 8:30-5:00 with evenings spent in lesson preparation.

The T&D PGCE course includes a six week workshop practice in Belfast, normally commencing in July each year. An additional specialised course will run on Wednesday afternoons in Belfast during September and October.

Work placement / study abroad

Students nominate three secondary schools and three grammar schools for the teaching practice placements. Every effort is made to accommodate student preferences.

Career options

The course prepares you to teach Technology & Design at post primary school level. Where appropriate students may have opportunities to teach other subjects, depending on their own degree and A-Level specialisms.

The PGCE is an internationally recognised programme for Initial Teacher Education leading directly to a career in teaching. The post primary PGCE is for those who wish to teach the 11-19 age range. Successful completion of this course qualifies the graduate to seek registration with the General Teaching Council of Northern Ireland.



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The Primary Mathematics Specialist teacher training course is ideal if you want to teach young children and you have a strong interest in mathematics. Read more

The Primary Mathematics Specialist teacher training course is ideal if you want to teach young children and you have a strong interest in mathematics.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This Subject Specialist Primary ITT (Initial Teaching Training) Programme (SSPIP), enables you to develop your subject expertise within a primary context. You will learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects, and will develop specialist expertise in mathematics. The course lays the foundations for you becoming a future leader in mathematics. You will be prepared for employment in a generalist role at the start of your career, where you will ‘champion’ mathematics and inspire children and teachers. The course also prepares you for employment in a more specialist role, teaching mainly or solely mathematics.

We are looking to recruit graduates with strong mathematics subject knowledge who demonstrate an enthusiasm for mathematics and an understanding of the primary context. This course attracts bursaries of £6,000 (depending on qualifications) in line with the government’s priority to increase the number of primary mathematics specialist teachers.

The programme offers the equivalent of 120 credits and these may be used towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Additionally, the School also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable you to further develop your career.

Course details

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training. 

The Initial Teacher Education course

Our aim is to develop analytic and reflective primary mathematics specialists. As well as offering outstanding teacher training courses, we are one of the few universities that awards the equivalent of 120 credits for successful completion of our courses, which we award at Master’s level. For those who successfully complete their induction year there is an opportunity to transfer credits to the MA Teaching Studies course, which is awarded on completion of a 60 credit dissertation.

Our primary programmes meet all aspects of government requirements for Initial Teacher Training, and qualify you to teach children aged 3-11 years. 

The Primary Mathematics Specialist course has two parts and is designed and delivered in partnership with local schools. The university part develops your understanding of theoretical and practical issues inherent in the teaching of mathematics and of whole school issues within the primary curriculum. Your school based practice enables you to apply what you have learned in the classroom.

You will undertake three main areas of study; Professional Studies, Core Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics. In addition, you will gain a sound understanding of the wider primary curriculum, focusing in particular on the learning and teaching of English and Science. You will also develop your understanding of teaching the foundation subjects through personalised provision, selecting from university input and school experience to support your professional development

The school-based placements enable you to put into practice what you have learned and to develop and refine your teaching skills. You will have the opportunity to teach mathematics and the wider primary curriculum in two different schools. You will teach mathematics to more than one class on each placement, and over the year this will include both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. You are fully supported while on teaching practice by school mentors and university tutors. You will also undertake short special interest placements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 3. These will develop your understanding of progression in children’s mathematical learning and hence your leadership potential.

Our partnership schools vary in size, phase and context, giving you the opportunity to broaden your teaching experience. You will visit outstanding schools and meet primary mathematics leaders. By the end of the course you will have had the experience and support to begin your career as an effective and confident primary teacher, and an enthusiastic mathematics ‘champion.’

If you are interested in teaching young children, but would prefer to train as a generalist rather than a specialist, information on our General Primary and Early Years courses can be found on the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education course page. If you are interested in Mathematics, but would prefer to teach older pupils, information on our Secondary courses can be found on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education course page.

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Equal Opportunities

The School of Education is committed to equal opportunities in the access to and provision of education. For more information please see the following documents:

Learning and teaching

The primary course is designed and delivered by specialist tutors in partnership with local schools. The university based training takes place in spacious rooms that provide a learning environment tailored to promoting high quality primary practice.

Employability

We work closely with the University careers service and local councils in order to provide you with support for the job application process. Our success rate for completion of our primary courses and subsequent employment in schools remains consistently high. In 2015-16 all primary mathematics specialist trainees were offered teaching posts and in 2016-17 all those seeking permanent employment were successful. Primary Mathematics Specialist students are highly employable. A majority of students gain employment in the local region, many of them choosing to remain in partnership schools. Many newly qualified mathematics specialists secure employment in a more generalist post at the start of their career, joining the mathematics leadership team and going on to lead mathematics in their schools.



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The Primary Mathematics Specialist teacher training course is ideal if you want to teach young children and you have a strong interest in mathematics. Read more

The Primary Mathematics Specialist teacher training course is ideal if you want to teach young children and you have a strong interest in mathematics.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This Subject Specialist Primary ITT (Initial Teaching Training) Programme (SSPIP), enables you to develop your subject expertise within a primary context. You will learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects, and will develop specialist expertise in mathematics. The course lays the foundations for you becoming a future leader in mathematics. You will be prepared for employment in a generalist role at the start of your career, where you will ‘champion’ mathematics and inspire children and teachers. The course also prepares you for employment in a more specialist role, teaching mainly or solely mathematics.

We are looking to recruit graduates with strong mathematics subject knowledge who demonstrate an enthusiasm for mathematics and an understanding of the primary context. This course attracts bursaries of £6,000 (depending on qualifications) in line with the government’s priority to increase the number of primary mathematics specialist teachers.

The programme offers the equivalent of 120 credits and these may be used towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Additionally, the School also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable you to further develop your career.

Course details

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training. 

The Initial Teacher Education course

Our aim is to develop analytic and reflective primary mathematics specialists. As well as offering outstanding teacher training courses, we are one of the few universities that awards the equivalent of 120 credits for successful completion of our courses, which we award at Master’s level. For those who successfully complete their induction year there is an opportunity to transfer credits to the MA Teaching Studies course, which is awarded on completion of a 60 credit dissertation.

Our primary programmes meet all aspects of government requirements for Initial Teacher Training, and qualify you to teach children aged 3-11 years. 

The Primary Mathematics Specialist course has two parts and is designed and delivered in partnership with local schools. The university part develops your understanding of theoretical and practical issues inherent in the teaching of mathematics and of whole school issues within the primary curriculum. Your school based practice enables you to apply what you have learned in the classroom.

You will undertake three main areas of study; Professional Studies, Core Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics. In addition, you will gain a sound understanding of the wider primary curriculum, focusing in particular on the learning and teaching of English and Science. You will also develop your understanding of teaching the foundation subjects through personalised provision, selecting from university input and school experience to support your professional development

The school-based placements enable you to put into practice what you have learned and to develop and refine your teaching skills. You will have the opportunity to teach mathematics and the wider primary curriculum in two different schools. You will teach mathematics to more than one class on each placement, and over the year this will include both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. You are fully supported while on teaching practice by school mentors and university tutors. You will also undertake short special interest placements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 3. These will develop your understanding of progression in children’s mathematical learning and hence your leadership potential.

Our partnership schools vary in size, phase and context, giving you the opportunity to broaden your teaching experience. You will visit outstanding schools and meet primary mathematics leaders. By the end of the course you will have had the experience and support to begin your career as an effective and confident primary teacher, and an enthusiastic mathematics ‘champion.’

If you are interested in teaching young children, but would prefer to train as a generalist rather than a specialist, information on our General Primary and Early Years courses can be found on the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education course page. If you are interested in Mathematics, but would prefer to teach older pupils, information on our Secondary courses can be found on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education course page.

Learning and teaching

The primary course is designed and delivered by specialist tutors in partnership with local schools. The university based training takes place in spacious rooms that provide a learning environment tailored to promoting high quality primary practice.

Employability

We work closely with the University careers service and local councils in order to provide you with support for the job application process. Our success rate for completion of our primary courses and subsequent employment in schools remains consistently high. In 2015-16 all primary mathematics specialist trainees were offered teaching posts and in 2016-17 all those seeking permanent employment were successful. Primary Mathematics Specialist students are highly employable. A majority of students gain employment in the local region, many of them choosing to remain in partnership schools. Many newly qualified mathematics specialists secure employment in a more generalist post at the start of their career, joining the mathematics leadership team and going on to lead mathematics in their schools.



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The PGCE Chemistry provides a clear, thoughtful and critical introduction to teaching Chemistry, drawing on leading education research carried out at King’s. Read more

The PGCE Chemistry provides a clear, thoughtful and critical introduction to teaching Chemistry, drawing on leading education research carried out at King’s. We work in close partnership with schools in designing, delivering and assessing our course in order to develop excellent, reflective classroom practitioners.

Key benefits

  • Our chemistry course, judged Outstanding by Ofsted, is taught by one of the strongest team of science education tutors in the country.
  • One reason that the PGCE was judged Outstanding is the strong research base which informs the course. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated as one of the top three in the UK.
  • We work in partnership with a wide range of schools in London and beyond, providing a unique opportunity to learn how to teach the full diversity of students.
  • We prepare you to teach outside the classroom: there is a residential field trip and several other opportunities to make best use of what London has to offer the science teacher, from the South Bank to the Natural History Museum.

Description

During the year you will spend over 50 days at King’s and 120 days in schools. You will work with other trainees and tutors in your subject area to consider the principles and practice of teaching your subject including curriculum design, the development of materials, classroom management and lesson planning. You will also work with trainees from other subjects in a programme of lectures and seminar groups to examine a broad range of educational issues. During both secondary school placements there are occasional days in college for tutorials to support and monitor progress towards the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). There are crosscurricular research tasks and assignments.

There are two blocks of school experience, one starting in the autumn and the other in the spring. You will spend time observing other teachers and their classes before beginning to teach yourself. You will teach more during the second school experience than you will in the first one. During the year you will also spend time in a primary school so that you can see what pupils experience before they arrive in secondary schools.

The course includes residential fieldwork based at the Field Studies Council centre in Surrey. There are many other opportunities for you to develop your abilities to teach beyond the classroom, in the school grounds and beyond.

Course purpose

The aim of our course is to make you an effective teacher of science and to help you develop high professional standards. The course is designed to prepare science teachers to work in secondary schools as part of a team that teaches science up to Year 11 and chemistry to Years 12 and 13 (post-16).

Course format and assessment

Teaching

You can typically expect:

  • the equivalent of over 50 days of academic sessions at King’s (typically three hours in the morning and/or afternoon spread throughout the academic year)
  • approximately 120 days of teaching placement.* This includes a short period of placement in primary schools (typically between five to nine days in length)
  • five to seven tutorials across the year
  • two visits from a tutor whilst on placement to observe lessons and monitor progress
  • regular** meetings with a mentor, who will be a member of staff at your placement school, whilst on placement
  • written feedback on all credit-bearing assignments within four weeks of the deadline.

*This 120 day figure represents the standard number of placement days. In certain cases, following assessment by course tutors and mentors, students may be required to undertake a greater number of placement days to demonstrate their ability to meet the Teacher Standards.

**Typically each trainee will have a meeting with their mentor during each week they are on placement. In certain circumstances the frequency may vary.

The types of learning commitment encompassed within the course vary depending on modules. For this course one credit represents the equivalent of 10 hours of learning and engagement.

Assessment

  • The 45-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a combination of a written portfolio (equivalent to 8,000 words) and assessment of your teaching practice against the Teaching Standards as set out by the government’s Department for Education. Progress in meeting the teaching standards will be monitored through three progress reports that will be completed by staff at the placement school.
  • The 30-credit master’s-level modules will each be assessed by a 6,000 word written assignment heavily based on in-school research that trainees undertakes.
  • The 15-credit honours-level module will be assessed by an assignment focusing on data collection methods in the school environment.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Location

Students undertake placements in secondary schools that work in partnership with King’s College London. Partnership schools are located across central London and the Greater London area. Whilst every effort is made to place PGCE trainees in local schools, due to the changing nature of initial teacher education and limited availability of placements in certain subject areas, trainees should be prepared to travel to their placement schools throughout the Greater London area and beyond.

Students also organise their own short placement at a state primary school. Further information on this short placement is provided in the offer holder pack and during the course.

Career prospects

The majority of trainees go into teaching or other areas of education; many become heads of departments or members of senior management teams; some take up careers in educational administration in the advisory or inspection services.

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