This programme aims to meet the standards required to be recommended to the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in one of the following secondary school subjects: design & technology (food and textiles); English; information & communication technology; mathematics; modern languages; music; physical education; religious education; science. Paramount within the programme are the skills required to educate young people in a multicultural and multilingual urban environment.
Professional qualifications After successful completion of the programme home students will be recommended to the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) for Qualified Teacher Status.
Programme structure The programme normally runs over 36 weeks from September to July. Twenty-four weeks will be spent in partner schools – generally split into two separate and contrasting placements. The remaining time will be taken up in seminars, tutorials and assignment activities designed to support your professional development. The UEL Secondary Team also offers additional subject knowledge development courses in Food and Textiles which are designed to give our trainees the basic knowledge of the two areas and of health and safety skills in order to embark on their school experience with confidence. The subject knowledge development courses start before the full PGCE programme in early September.
Career opportunities Successful completion of the PGCE enables you to apply for teaching posts and the vast majority of our students attain such posts. There is a clear teaching career structure in place, with several paths available. Some graduates take the management path through management in subject or pastoral issues on to senior management and/or headship. Others concentrate on teaching and may become Advanced Skills Teachers.
Support You receive mentor support within schools supplemented by visits from your UEL tutor. Tutorial support is also available and this will be negotiated around your individual development needs. The programme is designed to support you in meeting the Professional Standards for QTS through focused seminars, lectures and assignments.