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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    06 February 2018

Course content

The School Direct Tuition PGCE route is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your main training placement and provides University and school-based training along with 60 Masters level credits leading to the award of a PGCE at the end of the programme. Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and may be entitled to bursaries and student loans.

If you have an interest in all aspects of science; but in particular the chemical and material world and enjoy investigating this in a practical setting, then our science (chemistry) course will suit you. Our course looks at the key ideas which underpin the teaching of science in schools today and the way children's understanding of concepts develops in the context of a particular school direct training alliance.

What happens on the course?

  • Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different schools determined by the school direct alliance.
  • All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development
  • Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methods that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, classroom based investigation and other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills. The majority of teaching sessions will be alongside trainees from the other the science routes.
  • All University-based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus.
  • Typical modules may include
  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research in the University and school on the use of ICT in the teaching of your subject

PGCE: programme structure

  • Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.
  • The course comprises of two school placements and two periods of University-based teaching September to October; January to February.
  • 24 weeks of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools. This covers three phases the first and third (autumn and summer) will be in your alliance school. The second will be in an alternative setting. During the third phase a proportion of your teaching at key stage 4 will be focussed on your chosen specialist area.

Career path

  • The PGCE Secondary School Teaching leads to qualified teacher status, and allows you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school
  • In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:
  • a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. personal guidance)
  • Ultimately, you could progress to a senior management position such as a deputy or assistant head and, of course, headteacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive
  • Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education
  • A national survey conducted by the Centre for Education and Employment Research has ranked Wolverhampton as the second most successful UK Higher Education Institute for graduate teacher training employment

What skills will you gain?

  • If you are successful you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach pupils in the 11-16 age phase.
  • The course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching science in at least two separate secondary schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of Qualified Teacher Status along with a PGCE worth 60 Master's level credits.

Who accredits this course?

  • This course leads to the professional qualification of QTS – Qualified Teacher Status. The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Professional Standards to the Teaching Agency – who will award QTS.
  • The award of QTS is essential to teach in a school in England and on gaining this award the student becomes a qualified teacher.

Visit the Secondary Education: Chemistry - MSc page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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