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This course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools.

Course overview

This dynamic PGCE Business programme at Sunderland (with Master’s credits) develops outstanding business education teachers through its strong partnership links with business teachers in schools and colleges throughout the region. Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools, makes this an ideal choice to enter the teaching profession.

This course trains you to contribute to the teaching of a range of business studies courses offered in schools and colleges across the 14-19 provision including BTEC, GCSE and A level and a variety of other vocational qualifications. The success rate of the course is excellent and students find employment in local secondary schools and further education colleges across the country in both state and independent schools.

There is a strong network of exceptional business teachers who contribute directly to the PGCE programme to share best practice to support you to become the best business studies teacher possible. Part of this programme includes undertaking two Master’s credit modules which will be an asset to you as future leaders in school or college.

The University of Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908 so you can be confident that our courses are excellent preparation for a teaching career in which you can inspire young people to realise their potential.

An ethos of professional sharing within the group also encourages a strong network to develop during the course to support you in the future as a teacher in school and colleges.

During the University part of the course, there are a number of visits to schools and businesses to run enterprise days, visit businesses, see outstanding lessons and observe teachers who use innovative teaching methods as part of their everyday practice.
Placements are usually within an 11-18 school although there are opportunities to be placed in a college of further education for one of the placements subject to a suitable college placement being available. Then course tutor will discuss this with you at interview.

Course content

This school based course blends academic studies at the University with hands-on experience at our partner schools.

PGCE Course content
September – January
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 1: Development of Learning: A Case Study – you will identify an educational intervention and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils
-Subject Studies related module

January – June
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 2: Negotiated Individual Study in Education – you will undertake a piece of action research into an educational issue
-Subject Studies related module

Teaching and assessment

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods that include visits to school and business, workshops with teachers. There will also be an overnight residential offered. There are group lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work as well as placements and work-based learning.

Assessment methods include written work, evidence profiles and assessment of your teaching practice. All modules on the programme are individual assessments.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities on-campus and strong links with schools and colleges in the area.

Course location
This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, three computer laboratories, and wireless access zones. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Secondary partnership
The University of Sunderland forms part of a secondary partnership that includes more than 230 schools and colleges. This means that there are wide opportunities for placements during the professional year.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on education topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals. Resources include the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals.

Employment & careers

Everyone who wants to teach in a state-maintained school in England and Wales needs Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course leads to QTS and, on successful completion, you will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

According to recent research, twice as many teachers find their work extremely enjoyable when compared to professionals with careers in marketing, IT and accountancy. Almost half say they regularly experience a ‘natural high’ at work.

The starting salary of an NQT is over £22,000, with extra if you work in London. Teachers see their salaries rise by an average of 30 per cent after their first four years in the job.

Visit the Business Education - Secondary Education - PGCE page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!




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