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This course will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence informed teacher. At the heart of our course is a commitment to personalising your journey to Qualified Teacher Status. We'll help you to grow in confidence and competence by providing you with outstanding support as you train. We have high student satisfaction rates, as evidenced in the Guardian University League table for Education.
You'll find a supportive learning environment at the University and in our partnership schools. This will help you develop a deep understanding of the primary curriculum and acquire a range of teaching methods, based upon the latest research in education. We model good teaching as we train you, so you can transfer what you've experienced into your own practice.
An honours first degree of UK higher education institution or equivalent overseas qualification.
A vibrant, modern and supportive University based across four campuses, Kingston offers a wide range of postgraduate taught and research degrees. We offer people from all backgrounds and countries (140 at the last count) the opportunity to make a difference – not only to their own lives, but also to the world around them.
"I had worked for nearly ten years after finishing my first degree, advising and assisting private tenants who had serious disputes with their landlords. When I became dissatisfied with my job, my thoughts drifted to teaching.
"I decided to apply for the PGCE at Kingston, largely because it was conveniently located for me and because of the University's excellent resources to support PGCE students.
"Although the course has been extremely demanding, both physically and mentally, I've definitely made the right decision - when I read the 'goodbye' class book given to me by the children from my last teaching practice school, I knew."
"During my first degree I decided that teaching might be an option for me and, after working with young offenders for a year, I decided to apply to Kingston University. It seemed a perfect place for me to complete my PGCE due to its location and also for being so welcoming on the open day.
"The School of Education has been particularly supportive in finding placements close to my home and luckily in great schools, which has heightened my desire to teach.
"Although the PGCE has been one of the hardest years of my life, it has also been one of the most satisfying. Leaving my first placement class knowing that I'd actually taught them something was a great feeling and showed me that coming to Kingston to do a PGCE was a fantastic decision."
I realise now that I have always wanted to teach, but it took several years and a growing frustration with commercial life for me to find out!
Kingston University was my first choice of institution for the PGCE because the School of Education actively encourages applications from mature students and understands the constraints of family commitments.
For example, the well-designed course structure enabled me to plan ahead and it made a big difference to me that my school experience placements could be located close to my home. It has been a wonderful bonus that my first teaching appointment is to be in one of these schools!
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