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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    16 November 2017

Course content

The PGCE Secondary is the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development, which will equip you to become a secondary school teacher. The PGCE Secondary is a course in Initial Teacher Training which is accredited by the DfE, the successful completion of which will accord you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our course has recently been inspected by Ofsted which resulted in an “Outstanding” grading for all aspects of our provision.

Students who have successfully completed the PGCE at Durham in the previous academic year have the option to use 90 credits they have accredited towards a part time MA Education. These students only need to do the core modules, Education Enquiry and the Dissertation over 2 years, to complete the programme.

Subject pedagogy is explored in curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment.

Our popular English course aims to:

  • provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become an effective and innovative teacher of English
  • extend your awareness of the range and scope of English as a subject in schools today
  • provide opportunities for you to experience and explore a variety of approaches to teaching the subject
  • allow you to develop an appreciation of your own strengths and weaknesses

Over the course, you will be based in one of our Partnership schools where you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in a teaching background.

The school-based activities involve structured classroom observations, planning and research projects and practical teaching - the latter starting by teaching individual pupils, eventually leading through group work to full classroom teaching.

Structure

The course is organised as three modules:

  • Professional Issues in school based education
  • Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
  • Self-directed Study

The Professional Issues in School Based Education relates to the Teacher Standards and is delivered in two parts, prior to each of the two extended teaching practices. The teaching is related to those classroom-based issues such as the psychology of learning, the law, curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment and is followed up in subject groups and during school placements The block practices in the Autumn and Spring allow for practical opportunities for full professional development where there is a progression from observation, structured activities and group work to whole class work.

Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum and Self-directed Study are studied at Masters Level. The Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum Module draws on the international research expertise within the School of Education enabling student teachers to engage critically in issues relevant to the classroom and school, particularly those that impact on the success of children as learners. The Self-directed Study module draws on students’ experience during weekly visits to schools and their own small scale action research, and links this to critical engagement with published educational research.

These Masters modules provide an opportunity to explore, in a more theoretical way, the issues to do with teaching and learning through lectures and mixed subject and phase seminar groups taught as a conference week usually after Christmas. In addition to covering Teacher standards these modules will enable assessment work to be carried out for the award of PGCE.

On successful completion of the course, student teachers will have 90 credits and QTS.

Course Learning and Teaching

The English sessions are designed to enable you to engage in activities which will open up the subject from the viewpoints of both teacher and learner. You will be given opportunities to reflect critically upon current classroom practice and to draw on observation, teaching and research undertaken in schools. Sessions will usually include work on:

  • The English teacher, The National Curriculum and literacy strategy
  • Planning lessons and schemes of work
  • Approaches to reading
  • Writing and responding
  • Assessment in English
  • Teaching Poetry
  • Speaking and listening
  • Classroom management and English teaching
  • English at key stage 4
  • Drama in the English Curriculum
  • Special Needs
  • Shakespeare in Schools
  • English post 16
  • Media Studies

Sessions will embrace a number of themes which do not appear under separate headings: mixed ability classes, drafting, managing group work, IT, knowledge about language, gender and multicultural issues. You will be expected to work in a variety of ways including group-work, individual writing, seminars and student-led discussions.

Work undertaken in schools will consist of structured observation, planning and teaching, and research activities. You will each have a designated teacher mentor who will guide your work in schools.

Over the course, you will be based in one of our Partnership schools where you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in a teaching background.

The school-based activities involve structured classroom observations, planning and research projects and practical teaching - the latter starting by teaching individual pupils, eventually leading through group work to full classroom teaching.

The principal course assignments, at Master’s level, aim to relate theory and practice, and to show evidence of your background reading. Of the two Master’s level assignments, one (the Self-directed Study) is orientated towards English as a subject, whilst the other (the Teaching and Learning assignment) is more generic. For English, there will be a range of shorter pieces of writing also required, addressing the nature of the subject, your own subject knowledge and its development, and creative writing.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in education are wide and include classroom teaching, educational leadership and management, administration and policy development.


Visit the Secondary (English) - PGCE page on the Durham University website for more details!

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