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This course is a way to build on your professional skills and educational leadership. Are you a teacher or educationalist who would like to develop your professional practice? The aim of this course is to support your career development while also enabling you to develop advanced research and study skills. Read more
This course is a way to build on your professional skills and educational leadership.

Course overview

Are you a teacher or educationalist who would like to develop your professional practice? The aim of this course is to support your career development while also enabling you to develop advanced research and study skills.

This full-time course develops your professional practice as a teacher or educationalist. You will learn advanced research and study skills while acquiring Masters-level knowledge that is shaped by your personal interests and career aspirations.

We also offer a part-time Education MA and a distance learning Education MA, which may suit you if you need more flexible studying options.

There are four titles for the MA available, depending upon the modules chosen for study. The titles available are:
-MA Education (Generic)
-MA Education (Advanced Professional Practice - Secondary)
-MA Education (Advanced Professional Practice - Primary)
-MA Education (Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion)

The content of the course can be tailored to your particular interests, with a range of modules available from our MA suite. Options may include ‘Advanced Pedagogical Practice’, ‘Assessment Theory into Pedagogical Practice’ and ‘Leading Organisational Effectiveness in Education’. You can also choose to undertake a negotiated individual study in education. For those who are returning to higher education, we provide plenty of support including classes to assist with academic writing.

MA Education (Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion): This specialism is designed for professionals who are involved with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). The course equips you to develop SEND provision, allowing young people to reach their full potential in school and to make a successful transition into adulthood while continuing your broader professional development and also the opportunity to acquire Masters-level skills in research and analysis.

The research element of the course is excellent preparation if you decide to go on to a higher degree such as a PhD. The research element is supported by the University’s Centre for Pedagogy whose specialisms include teaching styles, motivation, human relationships in learning and comparative education.

Most people who join the course already have a PGCE or another teaching qualification. Your written outputs, together with the experiences and activities of the course, will provide a portfolio of evidence that can open up new opportunities and a fresh stage in your career.

For more information on the part time version of this course, please view this web-page: http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/courses/educationandsociety/postgraduate/education-generic-part-time/

Course content

This course offers considerable flexibility over the choice of modules from our MA suite. At Masters level, responsibility for learning lies as much with the student as with the lecturer. The course is structured as follows:
-You will choose three option modules from the MA suite (30 Credits each)
-You will complete the core module ‘Research Methods in Education’ (30 Credits)
-You will also undertake a Masters project/dissertation (60 Credits)

Modules in the MA suite may include the following:
-Development of Learning: A Case Study (30 Credits)
-Negotiated Individual Study in Education (30 Credits)
-Advanced Pedagogical Practice (30 Credits)
-Leading Organisational Effectiveness in Education and Training (30 Credits)
-Assessment Theory into Pedagogical Practice (30 Credits)
-Approaches to Teaching and Learning for Learners with Special or Additional Needs (30 Credits)
-Barriers to Learning (30 Credits)
-Inclusive Education (30 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include tutor input, seminars, workshops, support sessions, collaborative group work and discussion, tutorials, presentations, interactive practical sessions and directed private study.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include written assignments including the dissertation and oral and written presentations.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has been a centre for training in education since 1908.

Course location
The course is based at our Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Campus is on the banks of the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside. It’s a vibrant learning environment with strong links to educational institutions and a constant exchange of ideas and people.

The campus also includes the Prospect Building – which mirrors our City Campus Gateway style in the main reception area. It also is home to the main campus library as well as several catering areas, which look out onto the river. Prospect Building underwent a recent 1.25m re-development to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the modern day student.

University Library Services
We have got thousands of books and e-books on education topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

Some of the most important sources for your course include:
-EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals, including full-text education journals dating back to 1965
-British Education Index, which contains information on research, policy and practice in education and training in the UK
-Australian Education Index, which covers more than 130,000 documents relating to educational research, policy and practice
-Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), which is a comprehensive, searchable bibliographic and full-text database of research and information. Over 650 journals are indexed
-JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
-Lexis, which provides access to legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Employment & careers

On completing this course, your skills and understanding will be enhanced for roles in teaching, educational management and other educational settings.

Higher salaries are available for those who develop their professionalism and achieve the status of Excellent Teacher or Advanced Skills Teacher.

Teachers who take on additional responsibilities such as the co-ordination of provision for those with Special Education Needs can also expect to command a higher salary.

Past graduates from this course have gained employment in roles such as the following:
-Special needs and inclusion
-Senior management in education
-Special Educational Needs teacher

A Masters qualification also gives you broader career options including possible roles in lecturing, journalism, the media and arts administration. The research elements of a Masters course prepare you for further postgraduate studies at doctoral level.

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This course provides a route into teaching in the post-compulsory education and training (PCET) sector, which includes vocational training, sixth form colleges and adult education. Read more
This course provides a route into teaching in the post-compulsory education and training (PCET) sector, which includes vocational training, sixth form colleges and adult education.

Course overview

The PGCE (PCET) is a professional teacher education programme that will qualify you to teach in the post-compulsory education and training sector which includes sixth form colleges, further education colleges, vocational training and adult education.

The PGCE (PCET) is popular with graduates whose degree subjects are not widely taught in secondary schools, such as sports science, health and social care, psychology and dance. Our course equips you to educate adults and young people, sharing your knowledge and helping others fulfil their potential.

The full-time pre-service PGCE (PCET) is a robust, stable and popular provision with a great reputation. The programme benefits from its direct link to SUNCETT, one of the only 10 Centres for Excellence in this Sector. The programme is directly informed by both the national and international education research and development work of the team.

This pre-service course is for graduates who don’t have previous experience of teaching. If you are already employed in the PCET sector, we also offer an in-service part-time PGCE (PCET). The University, through its dedicated Placement Office, will help to arrange a minimum of 100-hours teaching practice placement in the Learning and Skills sector. This is a valuable opportunity to design, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning in the sector, under the guidance of a mentor in your subject specialist area.

Please note you will be expected to pay travel and subsistence costs relating to placements.

According to the 2015 Ofsted inspection, “the training of good-quality Further Education and skills teachers enables them to make a valued contribution to the colleges and settings in which they work”.

Ofsted has recognised key strengths of the programme:
-Retention, completion and achievement rates are consistently high
-Trainees and NQTs work with confidence and expertise to plan and teach lively, interesting and challenging lessons that enable learners to make progress and achieve
-Trainees and NQTs improve their learners’ English and mathematics skills
-Trainees and NQTs ensure that learners recognise the impact of the values of tolerance, respect for the law, democracy and equality on their day-to-day life and work

In addition, there is a specialist pathway for graduates wanting to teach English to adults. It would prepare you to teach English at a range of levels to learners in diverse settings such as Further Education colleges, adult and community education and offender learning. For some English-pathway students, bursaries may be available. Bursaries are reviewed by the government on an annual basis.

Course content

The course combines taught elements with practical teaching and professional development. Modules on this course include:
Theory-based modules
-Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (20 Credits)
-Developing Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment in PCET (20 Credits)
-Contextualising Policy and Curriculum in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (20 Credits)
-Enhancing Subject Specialist Learning through Innovation and Change in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (20 Credits)

Practice-based modules
-Practical Teaching and Professional Development (total of 40 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, tutorials, directed learning and group work, as well as a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice placement. In each module, we encourage you to reflect upon your initial and continuing professional development.

The programme is led by a highly qualified team who are research active and lead on a number of national sector research projects. According to the Ofsted (2015) report, “in university-based training, trainees benefit from highly qualified research leaders in further education who enable trainees to focus on academic rigour to improve the practice of teaching”.

Facilities & location

Sunderland has been a centre for training in education since 1908.

Course location
The course is based at the Forster Building on City Campus, just a few minutes from the main Murray Library and close to Sunderland city centre. It’s a very vibrant and supportive environment with excellent resources for teaching and learning.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on education topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles. Some of the most important sources for your course include:
-EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals, including full-text education journals dating back to 1965
-British Education Index, which contains information on research, policy and practice in education and training in the UK
-Australian Education Index, which covers more than 130,000 documents relating to educational research, policy and practice
-Educational Resources Information Centre (ERIC), which is a comprehensive, searchable bibliographic and full-text database of research and information. Over 650 journals are indexed
-JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
-Lexis, which provides access to legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Employment & careers

On successful completion of the course you will have a PGCE PCET, the full award for teaching in the post-compulsory education and training sector. Your new qualification can open employment prospects throughout the post-compulsory sector. Previous graduates of this course have been employed in the following areas:
-Further Education colleges
-Sixth Form colleges
-Training organisations
-Prison education

Following successful completion of the course, and once in a teaching post, you will be able to apply to the Society for Education and Training (SET) who provide the recognition route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status through their professional formation process.

This course is also excellent preparation for continuing your studies via our Education MA.

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This course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools. Read more
This course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools.

Course overview

This dynamic PGCE Business programme at Sunderland (with Master’s credits) develops outstanding business education teachers through its strong partnership links with business teachers in schools and colleges throughout the region. Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools, makes this an ideal choice to enter the teaching profession.

This course trains you to contribute to the teaching of a range of business studies courses offered in schools and colleges across the 14-19 provision including BTEC, GCSE and A level and a variety of other vocational qualifications. The success rate of the course is excellent and students find employment in local secondary schools and further education colleges across the country in both state and independent schools.

There is a strong network of exceptional business teachers who contribute directly to the PGCE programme to share best practice to support you to become the best business studies teacher possible. Part of this programme includes undertaking two Master’s credit modules which will be an asset to you as future leaders in school or college.

The University of Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908 so you can be confident that our courses are excellent preparation for a teaching career in which you can inspire young people to realise their potential.

An ethos of professional sharing within the group also encourages a strong network to develop during the course to support you in the future as a teacher in school and colleges.

During the University part of the course, there are a number of visits to schools and businesses to run enterprise days, visit businesses, see outstanding lessons and observe teachers who use innovative teaching methods as part of their everyday practice.
Placements are usually within an 11-18 school although there are opportunities to be placed in a college of further education for one of the placements subject to a suitable college placement being available. Then course tutor will discuss this with you at interview.

Course content

This school based course blends academic studies at the University with hands-on experience at our partner schools.

PGCE Course content
September – January
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 1: Development of Learning: A Case Study – you will identify an educational intervention and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils
-Subject Studies related module

January – June
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 2: Negotiated Individual Study in Education – you will undertake a piece of action research into an educational issue
-Subject Studies related module

Teaching and assessment

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods that include visits to school and business, workshops with teachers. There will also be an overnight residential offered. There are group lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work as well as placements and work-based learning.

Assessment methods include written work, evidence profiles and assessment of your teaching practice. All modules on the programme are individual assessments.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities on-campus and strong links with schools and colleges in the area.

Course location
This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, three computer laboratories, and wireless access zones. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Secondary partnership
The University of Sunderland forms part of a secondary partnership that includes more than 230 schools and colleges. This means that there are wide opportunities for placements during the professional year.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on education topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals. Resources include the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals.

Employment & careers

Everyone who wants to teach in a state-maintained school in England and Wales needs Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course leads to QTS and, on successful completion, you will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

According to recent research, twice as many teachers find their work extremely enjoyable when compared to professionals with careers in marketing, IT and accountancy. Almost half say they regularly experience a ‘natural high’ at work.

The starting salary of an NQT is over £22,000, with extra if you work in London. Teachers see their salaries rise by an average of 30 per cent after their first four years in the job.

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This distance learning progamme is specifically designed for teachers in international schools. Read more
This distance learning progamme is specifically designed for teachers in international schools.

Course overview

Are you a teacher in an international school who would like to develop your professional practice? The aim of this programme is to support your career development with a tight focus on the international school system and its challenges and opportunities.

In the final stage of the programme you will study topics such as ‘Leading and Managing in International Schools’ and ‘The International School Curriculum’. During these modules you will also carry out small-scale research projects into issues concerning management and the International School curriculum that are relevant to your current practice.

At Stage 1 of the programme you will complete two compulsory modules ‘Development of Learning: A Case Study’ and a Negotiated Individual Study in Education. At Stage 2 you will choose two modules from a list that covers areas such as advanced pedagogical practice, assessment theory and organisational effectiveness in education. Please note that there is no dissertation in this programme.

The content of the programme is informed by research by Sunderland’s Centre for Pedagogy whose specialisms include teaching styles, motivation, human relationships in learning and comparative education. This Masters programme does not lead to state registration such as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

If you would prefer a Masters programme with less focus on international schools, you may want to consider our distance learning Education MA which includes the completion of a dissertation in an area of particular interest to you.

Course content

The content of the programme is entirely delivered through distance learning, making it a very flexible way to achieve a Masters qualification.

Core modules:
-Development of Learning: A Case Study (30 Credits)
-Negotiated Individual Study in Education (30 Credits)
-The International School Curriculum (30 Credits)
-Leading and Managing in International Schools (30 Credits)

Plus choose two modules from the following list:
-Developing Reflective Practices (30 Credits)
-Advanced Pedagogical Practice in Subject Related Disciplines (30 Credits)
-Leading Organisational Effectiveness in Education and Training (30 Credits)
-Assessment Theory into Pedagogical Practice (30 Credits)
-The Nature of Teaching and Learning

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered using specially designed learning materials, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites and multimedia. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters programme requires a higher level of independent working.
Assessment methods include case studies, research proposals and written assignments.

Facilities & location

This programme can be studied anywhere in the world that has good internet access. The programme is delivered by the University's Virtual Learning Environment using specially designed learning materials, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites and multimedia.

You will have full access to our libraries and, as a distance learning student, you will particularly benefit from our web-based ‘Discover’ search tool. This helps you gain remote access to online journals, articles and e-books – whenever and wherever you happen to be studying. The library team offer real-time online help through ‘Live Chat’ at various periods throughout the day, and they also offer online tutorials on making the most of electronic resources.

Employment & careers

This programme prepares you for promotion and professional advancement in roles linked to teaching and educational management within an International School setting.

The programme is also relevant to roles in the following sectors:
-Government departments of education
-Education policy

A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

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Bursaries are available for graduates with at least a 2:1 degree who train to become biology teachers. This Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools. Read more
Bursaries are available for graduates with at least a 2:1 degree who train to become biology teachers.

Course overview

This Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools. It will open up a satisfying and rewarding career with excellent job security.
The course has two strands. The first strand is based at the University and provides a solid grounding in theory and practical issues. The second strand is based in partner schools where you will undertake practical teaching experience.

This programme is also offered as part of our School Direct route.

Biology teachers are in high demand, and the Government is offering bursaries to encourage graduates to train as Biology teachers in 2016-17.

In addition to Government bursaries, students on this course are also eligible for many of the University of Sunderland scholarships. Full details of the Sunderland scholarships available to you can be found on the Entry requirements tab of this course.

The University of Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908 so you can be confident that our courses are excellent preparation for a teaching career in which you can inspire young people to realise their potential.

If you require additional support with your subject knowledge, for example if you have not completed a Biology degree, then we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.

What to Expect From The Programme
PGCE trainees work with a committed team of highly experienced and nationally recognised University tutors along with mentors in schools and colleges in the North East and surrounding areas.

As a trainee teacher, you'll spend two-thirds of the PGCE course in schools and/or colleges and one-third of your time in University-based study. The close working relationship between the University and our partner establishments ensures the highest quality of training is maintained at all times.

Partnerships With Schools and Colleges
Close contact is maintained with partnership establishments at every stage of the programme.
Placements are offered at a range of schools involved in the education of 11-19-year-old and include:
-Both 11-18 and 11-16 Comprehensives
-Sixth Form Colleges
-City Academies
-Both 11-18 and 11-16 Independent Schools
-Specialist Schools (e.g. Technology Colleges, Arts Colleges)
-Further Education Colleges

Course content

This course blends academic studies at the University with hands-on experience at our partner schools.

PGCE Course content
September – January
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 1: Development of Learning: A Case Study – you will identify an educational intervention and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils
-Subject Studies related module

January – June
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 2: Negotiated Individual Study in Education – you will undertake a piece of action research into an educational issue
-Subject Studies related module

Teaching and assessment

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work as well as placements and work-based learning. Assessment methods include written work, evidence profiles and assessment of your teaching practice.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities on-campus and strong links with schools and colleges in our secondary partnership.

Course location
The course is based at the Forster Building on City Campus, just a few minutes from the main Murray Library and close to Sunderland city centre. It’s a very vibrant and supportive environment with excellent resources for teaching and learning.

Secondary partnership
The University of Sunderland forms part of a secondary partnership that includes more than 200 schools and colleges. This means that there are wide opportunities for placements during the professional year.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on education topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals. Resources include the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals.

Employment & careers

Everyone who wants to teach in a state-maintained school in England and Wales needs Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course leads to QTS and, on successful completion, you will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).
According to recent research, twice as many teachers find their work extremely enjoyable when compared to professionals with careers in marketing, IT and accountancy. Almost half say they regularly experience a ‘natural high’ at work.
The starting salary of an NQT is over £22,000 – or over £27,000 in inner London. Teachers see their salaries rise by an average of 30 per cent after their first four years in the job.

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Sunderland has a national and International reputation for training high quality subject specialist teachers. Trainees who successfully complete the programme are recommended to the NCTL for Qualified Teacher Status. Read more
Sunderland has a national and International reputation for training high quality subject specialist teachers. Trainees who successfully complete the programme are recommended to the NCTL for Qualified Teacher Status

Course overview

This initial teacher training course equips you to share your passion in a creative subject and inspire young people to fulfil their potential. D and T is a core subject in the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and there will always be a need for good D and T teachers.

Currently (2015) there is a national shortage of D and T teachers, so this provision fills an essential gap in the shortage of training providers across the country. PGCE Design and Technology is a 36-week Post-graduate programme which prepares trainees to teach in an 11-18 education environment. Recent developments in the past year have resulted in an innovative programme which is at the cutting edge of ITE.

This programme is also offered as part of our School Direct route.

University-based subject academics have extensive experience in school and have published and exhibited their work internationally and had influence in developments in the subject both on a national and international level.

The course has two strands. The first strand is based at the University and provides a solid grounding in theory and practical issues. The second strand is based in partnership schools.

The trainees spend a TDA specified minimum of 120 days on placement in partnership institutions. Theory informs practice and pedagogical knowledge is developed alongside subject specialisms. The Teaching Experience(s) with an emphasis upon a Partnership between the University course and the school further develops the concept of putting theory into practice whilst gaining confidence through increased contact with the school environment and facilitates progression towards the ITT professional standards. Many partnership schools employ trainees after successful placements.

It is expected that trainees, on being awarded QTS should offer at least one specialist field of knowledge to key stage 5 and a second specialist field of knowledge to key stage 3. All trainees are specialists in ‘Core’ design, regardless of their specialist field of knowledge. Fields of knowledge include Textiles, Food, Resistant materials and Electronics with Graphics throughout each area.
D and T at Sunderland adhere to the Design and Technology Association (DATA) subject related guidelines. As the professional body of Design and Technology, their requirements and benchmark statements are strictly adhered to within our programme and practical teaching experience is gained.

The University of Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908 so you can be confident that our courses are excellent preparation for a teaching career in which you can inspire young people to realise their potential.

Course content

This course blends academic studies at the University with hands-on experience at our partner schools.

PGCE Course content*
September – January
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 1: Development of Learning: A Case Study – you will identify an educational intervention and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils
-Subject Studies related module

January – June
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 2: Negotiated Individual Study in Education – you will undertake a piece of action research into an educational issue
-Subject Studies related module

*subject to validation

Teaching and assessment

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work as well as placements and work-based learning.

Assessment methods include written work, evidence profiles and assessment of your teaching practice. Within the subject application aspects of the programme, students will have the opportunity to work with education teams from Art Galleries; Museums; Practicing teachers in both mainstream and SEN schools and receive specialised training in the use and application of Smart materials and relevant Design Software.

Students will all have the opportunity to follow an accredited Design and Technology Core Health and Safety Programme which on successful completion will lead to Certification in the Core.

Students will all have the opportunity to follow a Food Safety Course which on successful completion will lead to an ICSET Level 2 Food Safety Certificate.

The most recent Ofsted report on our Initial Teacher Education (secondary phase) states: “Subject tutors are skilled practitioners and make excellent contributions to training that help to develop trainees’ strong subject knowledge and awareness of related teaching skills. They are highly informed of best practice in their subjects.”

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities on-campus and strong links with schools and colleges in the area.

Course location
The course is based at the Forster Building on City campus and at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Sunderland is a very vibrant and supportive environment with excellent resources for teaching and learning.

Secondary partnership
The University of Sunderland forms part of a secondary partnership that includes more than 230 schools and colleges. This means that there are wide opportunities for placements during the professional year. Ofsted also noted “high levels of coherence in training between the schools and the University, and between the generic and subject training, that contribute to trainees’ progress”.

University Library Service
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on education topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals. Resources include the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals.

Employment & careers

Everyone who wants to teach in a state-maintained school in England and Wales needs Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course leads to QTS and, on successful completion; you will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

The starting salary of an NQT is over £22,000, with extra if you work in London. Teachers see their salaries rise by an average of 30 per cent after their first four years in the job.

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The following course content is subject to validation Do you want to become a primary school teacher and help children make the best possible start in life? This initial teacher training course covers the knowledge and skills that are required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Read more
The following course content is subject to validation Do you want to become a primary school teacher and help children make the best possible start in life? This initial teacher training course covers the knowledge and skills that are required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Course overview

This exciting one year, full time, innovative and high-quality PGCE Programme has been specifically developed to provide a route for students wishing to gain a PGCE in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status. Trainees will have the opportunity to choose an Early Primary or Primary route as well as selecting a subject enhancement. It has been specially designed to blend University-Based academic learning with Practice Based teaching experiences in our Partnership schools. Our wide Partnership of schools works very closely together with University Tutors who are experts in Education to link theory and practice in order to ensure our Trainees develop into research informed, dynamic and confident Newly Qualified Teachers. The Programme actively draws on excellent Practitioners from our Partnership to complement theoretical input in University taught sessions.

In addition to this the PGCE also provides students with the academic opportunity to study at Masters Level as part of the Programme in order to gain 60 credits towards a Masters Degree. Masters Degrees are becoming increasingly desirable in Education and give teachers increased opportunity for promotion within this field.

This programme is also offered as part of our School Direct route. We are proud that the 2015 inspection from Ofsted rated our Primary Provision at Sunderland to be “Good” noting strengths in Trainee employability and Trainee confidence about entering the profession as well as their commitment to teaching. Ofsted highlighted in particular Trainees’ awareness of potential barriers to pupils’ learning and personal development, reflected in the way they seek to tackle discrimination of any kind.

The average starting salary for a teacher compares favourably with many other sectors and it is currently over £22,000. Salary packages include access to one of the country’s largest public sector pension schemes.

Teaching and assessment

School Based Teaching Placements are central to the Programme and all University Modules are designed to support Trainees in developing their knowledge and confidence in teaching. University input is delivered by both expert Tutors and excellent Practitioners from Partnership Schools, in a wide variety of ways including, lectures, tutorials and practical workshops as well as online discussions.

All aspects of the Programme are designed to enable you to meet and demonstrate the National College for Teaching (NCTL) and Leadership Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Students will compile evidence against the Standards throughout the Programme in their online e-Portfolio. The PGCE Primary Tutor Team is committed to providing the best experiences for our Trainees. Our Personal Tutor system ensures all Trainees are allocated an individual Tutor and are nurtured and developed both academically and professionally throughout the Programme.

Assessment is continuous throughout the course. Subject knowledge is monitored through the use of subject audits which enable students to identify their strengths and areas of development and to then action plan with Subject Specialist Tutors support to increase their knowledge and confidence in identified areas.

Modules are assessed through a variety of assessment methods including, Assignments, Portfolio and Practice Based Tasks. Assessed Placements are assessed by Partnership schools/settings in liaison with the University.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities on-campus and strong links with schools in our primary partnership.

Primary partnership
The University of Sunderland prides itself in the strength of the Primary Partnership which includes over 200 schools in 12 different local authorities. The Partnership Office works very closely with Students to identify ideal Placements. According to Ofsted in 2012, a key strength of our provision is tutors’ “good knowledge of schools in the partnership which enables them to identify and make effective use of staff and schools with specialist skills”.

University Library Services
At the University there are thousands of books and e-books on topics related to education and training, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles. Resources include the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals.

Employment & careers

Everyone who wants to teach in a state-maintained school in England and Wales needs Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course leads to QTS and, on successful completion, you will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

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This full-time distance learning course is only for people outside the UK. It leads to a PGCE teaching qualification. Do you want to gain an academic teaching qualification from a UK university which has been training teachers for over 100 years?. Read more
This full-time distance learning course is only for people outside the UK. It leads to a PGCE teaching qualification.

Course overview

Do you want to gain an academic teaching qualification from a UK university which has been training teachers for over 100 years?
Our PGCE Education (International) programme provides two options: the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Each route leads to a Certificate in Education (PGCE); an academic teaching qualification which blends applied teaching theory and practice in its four taught modules and two, six-week blocks of practical teaching. Topics covered include teaching and learning, classroom management and organisation and assessment.

Applicants for this programme are required to carry out teaching practice in international schools where the medium of induction is English.

Course content

The content of this course is delivered through distance learning and in-school support, making it a very flexible way to achieve an academic teaching qualification.

Teaching and assessment

All teaching and learning materials can be found in the module space on the University Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which is called 'SunSpace'.

We use a wide variety of teaching methods with tasks, including required reading, directed activities and self- assessments, developed in self-study workbooks, to support you.

There are online discussion forums where trainees are invited to debate current issues relevant to the module content and, if you live close to other students on the course, we encourage you to form a weekly study group.

The teaching practice is work-based and conducted entirely in a school or other educational institution that you have secured a placement at or currently working at. This is supported by a mentor and the University.

We assess both the theoretical and practical elements of the course. Assessment is through written assignments, a profile of evidence of teaching standards and observed teaching.

Facilities & location

You can study this course anywhere in the world that has good internet access, thanks to the University's Virtual Learning Environment.

Help and support are available through the dedicated Library website where you will find a range of online support tools including library guides and web tutorials. You will have full access to our libraries and, as a distance learning student, you will particularly benefit from our web-based ‘Discover’ search tool. This helps you gain remote access to online journals, articles and e-books – whenever and wherever you happen to be studying.

Students can also contact the Library by email, telephone, Live Chat, Twitter or Facebook to receive support from Library staff.

Employment & careers

Many of you undertaking this course will already be working as teachers in your home country, or working in other educational settings. The theory and practical elements of the course will also help you gain greater understanding from your involvement in education.

Providing up-to-date knowledge of the latest standards and approaches in teaching, this course is a way to enhance your career prospects and help you to make effective applications for promotions and teaching posts.

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Sunderland has offered teacher training since 1908. This course is for people who need to improve their science subject understanding before starting a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course. Read more
Sunderland has offered teacher training since 1908.

Course overview

This course is for people who need to improve their science subject understanding before starting a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course.

The structure of the course will vary according to whether you want to teach chemistry, physics or another science. You should have at least an A Level in the science subject that you intend to teach, and, you should have already received a conditional offer for initial teacher training (ITT). You will complete this preparatory course ready for starting ITT in September.

When you successfully complete your ITT, your career prospects will be very good. There is a national shortage of science teachers, particularly in physics and chemistry. So there are excellent job opportunities both in the North East and throughout the country.

Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908. What’s more, we’re one of only a small number of teacher-training institutions in the UK offering a broad range of science.

There is no tuition fee for this course, and you will be paid a bursary while you are studying.

Course content

This course enhances your skills and knowledge in science education, preparing you for teacher training.

You will complete a series of units which will equip you with essential subject knowledge, ahead of a one-year initial teacher training (ITT) course. This course runs for up to 36 weeks and will complete in time to ensure that you are ready to start your ITT in September.

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods that include lectures, independent work, distance learning, directed tasks, written assignments and presentations. We encourage you to undertake voluntary work experience in a school.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities that help you realise your full potential.

Course location
The course is a blend of on campus and distance learning. When on Campus you will be based in Forster Building on City Campus, just a few minutes from the main Murray Library and close to Sunderland city centre. It’s a very vibrant and supportive environment with excellent resources for teaching and learning.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on education topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals. Resources include the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals.

Learning Environment
Sunderland has a rich heritage in scientific studies. We are fully plugged into relevant industry bodies, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people. Our vibrant learning environment helps ensure a steady stream of scientists who are well-trained and ready to contribute in a variety of fields.

Employment & careers

There is currently a shortage of science teachers, and so there are excellent career opportunities both in the North East and nationwide, once you have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This course enhances your subject knowledge, making it easier to complete a PGCE and achieve QTS. The starting salary of an NQT is over £22,000, with extra if you work in London. Teachers see their salaries rise by an average of 30 per cent after their first four years in the job.

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Bursaries are available for graduates with at least a 2:2 degree who train to become chemistry teachers. This Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools. Read more
Bursaries are available for graduates with at least a 2:2 degree who train to become chemistry teachers.

Course overview

This Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools. It will open up a satisfying and rewarding career with excellent job security.
The course has two strands. The first strand is based at the University and provides a solid grounding in theory and practical issues. The second strand is based in partner schools where you will undertake practical teaching experience.

This programme is also offered as part of our School Direct route.

Chemistry teachers are in high demand, and the Government is offering bursaries of up to £25,000 to encourage graduates to train as Chemistry teachers in 2016-17. More information can be found on the Student Financial Advice website.

The University of Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908 so you can be confident that our courses are excellent preparation for a teaching career in which you can inspire young people to realise their potential.

The University of Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908. What’s more, we’re one of only 25 ‘outstanding’ teacher-training institutions in the UK, according to Ofsted. So you can be confident that our courses are excellent preparation for a teaching career in which you can inspire young people to realise their potential.

If you require additional support with your subject knowledge, for example if you have not completed a chemistry degree, then we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.

Course content

This course blends academic studies at the University with hands-on experience at our partner schools.

PGCE Course content*
September – January
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 1: Development of Learning: A Case Study – you will identify an educational intervention and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils
-Subject Studies related module

January – June
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 2: Negotiated Individual Study in Education – you will undertake a piece of action research into an educational issue
-Subject Studies related module

*subject to validation

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities on-campus and strong links with schools and colleges in our secondary partnership.

Course location
The course is based at the Forster Building on City Campus, just a few minutes from the main Murray Library and close to Sunderland city centre. It’s a very vibrant and supportive environment with excellent resources for teaching and learning.

Secondary partnership
The University of Sunderland forms part of a secondary partnership that includes more than 200 schools and colleges. This means that there are wide opportunities for placements during the professional year.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on education topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals. Resources include the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals.

Employment & careers

Teaching can be a satisfying and rewarding career with excellent job security.

Everyone who wants to teach in a state-maintained school in England and Wales needs Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course leads to QTS and, on successful completion, you will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

According to recent research, twice as many teachers find their work extremely enjoyable when compared to professionals with careers in marketing, IT and accountancy. Almost half say they regularly experience a ‘natural high’ at work.

The starting salary of an NQT is over £22,000, with extra if you work in London. Teachers see their salaries rise by an average of 30 per cent after their first four years in the job.

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As a trainee geography teacher, you could be eligible for a £15,000 bursary if you have a 2:2 or above, Masters degree or PhD. This initial teacher training course equips you to share your interest in geography with young people and inspire them to fulfil their potential. Read more
As a trainee geography teacher, you could be eligible for a £15,000 bursary if you have a 2:2 or above, Masters degree or PhD.

Course overview

This initial teacher training course equips you to share your interest in geography with young people and inspire them to fulfil their potential. More and more pupils are choosing to take geography at GCSE level, which means there is rising demand for geography teachers. We have an excellent employment record with 100% of trainees gaining employment in 2015/16.

£25,000 bursary

Given the current shortage of geography teachers, the Government is offering extra incentives to attract more graduates into Geography teaching. Financial incentives are available for those who train in 2017/18, including bursaries of £25,000. Please visit The Department for Education website for more information.

This programme is also offered as part of our School Direct route.

In addition to Government bursaries, students on this course are also eligible for many of the University of Sunderland scholarships. Full details of the Sunderland scholarships available to you can be found on the Entry requirements tab of this course.

The course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and has two strands. The first strand is based at the University and provides a solid grounding in theory and practical issues. The second strand is based in partner schools where you will undertake practical teaching experience.

If you have graduated from a related degree which does not cover both Physical and Human Geography, or if you want to build up or refresh your existing knowledge, you may benefit from a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKI) course. SKE courses are fully funded – so you won’t have to pay any tuition fees – and you may be eligible for a training bursary of up to £7,200 to support you throughout the course.

The University of Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908 so you can be confident that our courses are excellent preparation for a teaching career in which you can inspire young people to realise their potential.

Course content

This course blends academic studies at the University with hands-on experience at our partner schools.

PGCE Course content
September – January
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 1: Development of Learning: A Case Study – you will identify an educational intervention and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils
-Subject Studies related module

January – June
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 2: Negotiated Individual Study in Education – you will undertake a piece of action research into an educational issue
-Subject Studies related module

Teaching and assessment

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work as well as placements and work-based learning.

Our experienced teaching staff are all trained teachers and skilled practitioners who make excellent contributions to training that help to develop trainees’ strong subject knowledge and awareness of related teaching skills. All staff ensure they are and remain highly informed of best practice in their subjects.

Assessment methods include written work, evidence profiles and assessment of your teaching practice.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities on-campus and strong links with schools and colleges in our secondary partnership.

Course location
The course is based at the Forster Building on City Campus, just a few minutes from the main Murray Library and close to Sunderland city centre. It’s a very vibrant and supportive environment with excellent resources for teaching and learning.

Secondary partnership
The University of Sunderland forms part of a secondary partnership that includes more than 230 schools and colleges. This means that there are wide opportunities for placements during the professional year.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on education topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals. Resources include the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals.

Employment & careers

Everyone who wants to teach in a state-maintained school in England and Wales needs Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course leads to QTS and, on successful completion, you will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

According to recent research, twice as many teachers find their work extremely enjoyable when compared to professionals with careers in marketing, IT and accountancy. Almost half say they regularly experience a ‘natural high’ at work.

The starting salary of an NQT is over £22,000, with extra if you work in London. Teachers see their salaries rise by an average of 30 per cent after their first four years in the job.

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This course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools. Read more
This course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools.

Course overview

This initial teacher training course equips you to share your passion for English with young people and inspire them to fulfil their potential. English is a core subject in the National Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4 so there will always be a need for effective and committed English teachers.

The course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools. Financial incentives maybe available for those who train in 2016/17, go to The Department for Education website for more information.

The course has two strands. The first strand is based at the University and provides a solid grounding in theory and practical issues. The second strand is based in partner schools where you will undertake practical teaching experience. A high proportion of our trainees subsequently obtain teaching posts in schools where they have completed successful placements.

This programme is also offered as part of our School Direct route.

The University of Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908 so you can be confident that our courses are excellent preparation for a teaching career in which you can inspire young people to realise their potential.

In addition to Government bursaries, students on this course are also eligible for many of the University of Sunderland scholarships. Full details of the Sunderland scholarships available to you can be found on the entry requirements tab of this course.

Course content

This course blends academic studies at the University with hands-on experience at our partner schools.

PGCE Course content
September – January
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 1: Development of Learning: A Case Study – you will identify an educational intervention and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils
-Subject Studies related module

January – June
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 2: Negotiated Individual Study in Education – you will undertake a piece of action research into an educational issue
-Subject Studies related module

Teaching and assessment

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work as well as placements and work-based learning. Assessment methods include written work, evidence profiles and assessment of your teaching practice.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities on-campus and strong links with schools and colleges in the area.

Course location
The course is based at the Forster Building on City campus and at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Sunderland is a very vibrant and supportive environment with excellent resources for teaching and learning.

Secondary partnership
The University of Sunderland forms part of a secondary partnership that includes more than 230 schools and colleges. This means that there are wide opportunities for placements during the professional year. Many trainees come from and remain as successful English teachers within the local area; they benefit from the excellent reputation the training programme enjoys in the region.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on topics related to English and teaching, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

Some of the most important sources for your course include:
-Early English Books Online, which provides digital images of virtually every work printed in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and British North America during 1473-1800
-Periodicals Archive Online, which provides digitised literary journals
-Archival Sound Recordings with over 12,000 hours of recordings
-JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
-Professional Development Collection, which features hundreds of education journals and reports
-Community Care Inform, which helps professionals who work with children and young people to make, and evidence, their decisions
-EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals

Employment & careers

Everyone who wants to teach in a state-maintained school in England and Wales needs Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course leads to QTS and, on successful completion, you will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

According to recent research, twice as many teachers find their work extremely enjoyable when compared to professionals with careers in marketing, IT and accountancy. Almost half say they regularly experience a ‘natural high’ at work.

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Bursaries up to £30,000 are available for graduates, who train to become physics teachers. This initial teacher training course equips you to share your interest in physics with young people and inspire them to fulfil their potential. Read more
Bursaries up to £30,000 are available for graduates, who train to become physics teachers.

Course overview

This initial teacher training course equips you to share your interest in physics with young people and inspire them to fulfil their potential. It prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools. Teaching is a very satisfying career, with excellent job security.

The course has two strands. The first strand is based at the University and provides a solid grounding in theory and practical issues. The second strand is based in partner schools where you will undertake practical teaching experience.
This programme is also offered as part of our School Direct route.

There is a shortage of physics teachers in England, and so the Government is offering extra incentives to attract more graduates into teaching the subject. Bursaries of up to £30,000 are available for students training to become Physics teachers in 2016-17. In addition to Government bursaries, students on this course are also eligible for many of the University of Sunderland scholarships. Full details of the Sunderland scholarships available to you can be found on the Entry requirements tab of this course.

The University of Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908 so you can be confident that our courses are excellent preparation for a teaching career in which you can inspire young people to realise their potential.

If you require additional support with your subject knowledge, for example if you have not completed a physics degree, then we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.

Course content

This course blends academic studies at the University with hands-on experience at our partner schools.

PGCE Course content
September – January
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 1: Development of Learning: A Case Study – you will identify an educational intervention and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils
-Subject Studies related module

January – June
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 2: Negotiated Individual Study in Education – you will undertake a piece of action research into an educational issue
-Subject Studies related module

Teaching and assessment

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work as well as placements and work-based learning.

Assessment methods include written work, evidence profiles and assessment of your teaching practice.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities on-campus and strong links with schools and colleges in our secondary partnership.

Course location
The course is based at the Forster Building on City Campus, just a few minutes from the main Murray Library and close to Sunderland city centre. It’s a very vibrant and supportive environment with excellent resources for teaching and learning.

Secondary partnership
The University of Sunderland forms part of a secondary partnership that includes more than 200 schools and colleges. This means that there are wide opportunities for placements during the professional year.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on education topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals. Resources include the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals.

Employment & careers

Everyone who wants to teach in a state-maintained school in England and Wales needs Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course leads to QTS and, on successful completion, you will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

According to recent research, twice as many teachers find their work extremely enjoyable when compared to professionals with careers in marketing, IT and accountancy. Almost half say they regularly experience a ‘natural high’ at work.

The starting salary of an NQT is over £22,000, with extra if you work in London. Teachers see their salaries rise by an average of 30 per cent after their first four years in the job.

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Bursaries are available for graduates with at least a 2:2 degree who train to become maths teachers. This initial teacher training course equips you to share your interest in maths with young people and inspire them to fulfil their potential. Read more
Bursaries are available for graduates with at least a 2:2 degree who train to become maths teachers.

Course overview

This initial teacher training course equips you to share your interest in maths with young people and inspire them to fulfil their potential. There is currently a shortage of maths teachers, and so there are excellent job prospects. Our course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching maths in state-maintained schools.

The course has two strands. The first strand is based at the University and provides a solid grounding in theory and practical issues. The second strand is based in partner schools where you will undertake practical teaching experience.

This programme is also offered as part of our School Direct route.

The Government is keen to encourage high-quality maths graduates into teaching, and so bursaries of up to £25,000 are available for students training to become Maths teachers in 2016/17.

In addition to Government bursaries, students on this course are also eligible for many of the University of Sunderland scholarships. Full details of the Sunderland scholarships available to you can be found on the Entry requirements tab of this course.

The University of Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908 so you can be confident that our courses are excellent preparation for a teaching career in which you can inspire young people to realise their potential.

If you require additional support with your maths subject knowledge, for example if you have not completed a maths degree, then we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.

You will be training alongside other people who have the same career aims as your own. Previous trainees have found that the support you can receive from, and give to, others will make a significant and important contribution to your progress.

Course content

This course blends academic studies at the University with hands-on experience at our partner schools.

PGCE Course content
September – January
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 1: Development of Learning: A Case Study – you will identify an educational intervention and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils
-Subject Studies related module

January – June
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 2: Negotiated Individual Study in Education – you will undertake a piece of action research into an educational issue
-Subject Studies related module

Teaching and assessment

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work as well as placements and work-based learning.

Assessment methods include written work, evidence profiles and assessment of your teaching practice.

Our experienced teaching staff are all trained teachers; past Ofsted inspections have noted this and commented 'current university tutors are skilled practitioners who make excellent contributions to training that help to develop trainees' strong subject knowledge and awareness of related teaching skills. All staff ensure they are and remain highly informed of best practice in their subjects.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities on-campus and strong links with schools and colleges in our secondary partnership.

Secondary partnership

The University of Sunderland forms part of a secondary partnership that includes more than 230 schools and colleges. This means that there are wide opportunities for placements during the professional year.

The course is based at our Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Campus is on the banks of the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside. It’s a vibrant learning environment with strong links to educational institutions and a constant exchange of ideas and people. The campus also includes the Prospect Building – which mirrors our City Campus Gateway style in the main reception area. It also is home to the main campus library as well as several catering areas, which look out onto the river. Prospect underwent a recent 1.25m re-development to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the modern day student.

Staff at the university work hard to ensure there is strong communication and positive relationships between the university and its partner schools. Staff in schools are well aware of their roles and responsibilities. There is a high level of coherence in training between the schools and the university, and between generic and subject training, all of which helps trainees progress.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on education topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals. Resources include the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals.

Employment & careers

Everyone who wants to teach in a state-maintained school in England and Wales needs Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course leads to QTS and, on successful completion, you will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

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The University of Sunderland is the longest established provider of IT and Computer Science Education. The PGCE Computer Science equips you to share your interest in computer science with young people and inspire them to realise their potential. Read more
The University of Sunderland is the longest established provider of IT and Computer Science Education.

Course overview

The PGCE Computer Science equips you to share your interest in computer science with young people and inspire them to realise their potential. A growing number of pupils are choosing to take computer science at GCSE and A Level, which means there is a rising demand for great computer science teachers.

Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908. The course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools.

This programme is also offered as part of our School Direct route.

Given the current shortage of computer science teachers, the Government is offering extra incentives to attract more graduates into teaching the subject. Financial incentives are available for those who train in 2016/17, go to The Department for Education website for more information.

The course has two strands. The first strand is based at the University and provides a solid grounding in theory and practical issues. The second strand is based in partner schools where you will undertake practical teaching experience.

In addition to Government bursaries, students on this course are also eligible for many of the University of Sunderland scholarships. Full details of the Sunderland scholarships available to you can be found on the Entry requirements tab of this course.

Course content

This course blends academic studies at the University with hands-on experience at our partner schools.

PGCE Course content
September – January
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 1: Development of Learning: A Case Study – you will identify an educational intervention and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils
-Subject Studies related module

January – June
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 2: Negotiated Individual Study in Education – you will undertake a piece of action research into an educational issue
-Subject Studies related module

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities on-campus and strong links with schools and colleges in the area.

Course location
This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, three computer laboratories, and wireless access zones. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Secondary partnership
The University of Sunderland forms part of a secondary partnership that includes more than 230 schools and colleges. This means that there are wide opportunities for placements during the professional year.

Sunderland’s outstanding IT facilities include the David Goldman Informatics Centre, which has hundreds of computers so it’s easy to find a free workstation with the software you need. In addition, the Remote Global Desktop Service allows access to our software whether you're using the WiFi in our halls of residence or you're at home.

We host high-performance computing platforms, including a Beowulf cluster and a grid distributed system, for concurrent processing of complex computational tasks. We also have the equipment and licenses for our own public mobile cellular network.
-We are the longest established provider of IT and Computer Science Education both at Undergraduate level and Postgraduate level in the North East
-Although we offer both PGCE and School Direct courses, we offer the only non-School Direct PGCE within the North East
-If you need to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses we offer one which provides seamless transition onto our Programmes (we are the only North East provider)
-We have good links to Sunderland Software City which helps to inform our Trainee Teachers about the Employment opportunities available in Computing for the pupils they will teach

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on education and computing topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals. Resources include the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals.

Employment & careers

Everyone who wants to teach in a state-maintained school in England and Wales needs Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course leads to QTS and, on successful completion, you will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). The starting salary of an NQT is over £22,000, with extra if you work in London. Teachers see their salaries rise by an average of 30 per cent after their first four years in the job.

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