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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    Full-time only

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    22 March 2018

Course content

The PGCE Secondary programme is a community of learning with partnership at the heart of the programme. University based staff work together with schools, mentors, subject communities, local and national subject communities and other education professionals to support you in developing your professional practice, providing you with excellent opportunities to engage in wider professional issues relating to pedagogy and the curriculum. The programme is integrated with school-based experience and training to ensure that your developing professional practice is underpinned by knowledge and understanding of educational theory and current local, national and international research.

You will be expected to critically engage with educational issues and develop as reflective practitioners, able to evaluate and adapt your practice to meet the needs of learners from diverse backgrounds.

Course structure

The Secondary PGCE programme is structured in phases (introductory, developmental and consolidation) and within each phase, you are expected to reflect upon your learning and make effective links with curriculum and pedagogy through relating theory to practice. 

The programme is made up of four modules, two of which are based on Subject Studies and two on Professional Studies, as follows:

  • Introduction to Subject Specialism
  • Teaching Strategies: Planning for Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Subject Specialism
  • Understanding Learning and Teaching and School Experience
  • Emerging Professional and School Experience

How will I study?

The teaching teams in both Subject Studies and Professional Studies integrate their modules to run throughout the course of the programme rather than delivering them as separate modules. This approach ensures that links are strengthened between the modules and that the programme provided is holistic and inclusive. The two Professional Studies modules also include the Masters Level work and Secondary School Experience. All modules will be delivered by a combination of school and University based staff.

The programme employs a range of learning and teaching strategies, including enquiry based and active learning approaches. You are encouraged to develop a strong sense of your personal professional identity as subject teachers and are nurtured to develop your own philosophy and values about secondary education. Tutors and school-based mentors are available to guide and facilitate you. You will undertake research based activities to deepen your understanding of secondary practice and related subject knowledge. This has proven to be an effective approach in learning how to become a teacher to promote reflection on practice and learning. There are also a range of enrichment opportunities within the programme such as trips and events and the opportunity to engage with the wider professional RE community.

Assessments are spread across the duration of the programme with timely feedback on your work. Alongside academic assignments you will be assessed in school experiences with your progress being tracked during the year to ensure you are making the progress we expect towards meeting the teachers’ standards.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.


Visit the Secondary Education - RE (PGCE) page on the York St John University website for more details!

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