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Postgraduate Certificate in Education PGCE

Course Description

We work in close partnership with schools in designing, delivering and assessing our programme. You have the opportunity to work with tutors who are actively engaged in research and are encouraged to take a critical view of policies and practice.

Key benefits

- The programme at King's is challenging and students are encouraged to take a critical view of policies and practice.

- Located in the heart of London.

- It is a sociable course where you will be expected to work with others, discussing issues and problems about teaching.

- You have the opportunity to work with tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and about teaching.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/pgce.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The programme combines the theory and practice of education. We work in close partnership with schools in designing, delivering and assessing our course.

College based: You will work with other trainees and tutors in your subject area to consider the principles and practice of teaching your subject including curriculum design, the development of materials, classroom management and lesson planning. You will also work with trainees from other subjects in a programme of lectures and seminar groups to examine broad generic issues. During both secondary school placements there are occasional days in college for tutorials to support and monitor progress towards the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). There are cross-curricular research tasks and assignments.

School based: For 24 of the 36 weeks the training takes place in schools, mainly in two complementary secondary schools but with two short primary school experiences. This introduces you to recognising key constituents of good teaching, helps develop your own teaching skills and gain an understanding of how schools work and how children learn. Some Modern Languages trainees undertake part of their teaching practice in France, Spain, Austria or Germany, funded by the Erasmus programme.

- Course purpose -

For those wishing to train as teachers of pupils aged 11-18 in the following subjects: English, Computer Science, IT and Computer Science, Latin with Classics, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages (French, German or Spanish), Religious Education or Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Physics with Maths). The programme will lead to the DfE Standards for QTS which are assessed through teaching practice observation, portfolios and written assignments.

- Course format and assessment-

Course assessment: King's and its partnership schools assess trainees through their work in schools and college, coursework assignments and subject work assignments. To be awarded PGCE trainees must meet the Department for Education standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

Career prospects

The majority of trainees go into teaching or other areas of education: many become heads of departments or members of senior management teams; some take up careers in educational administration in the advisory or inspection services.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Education PGCE page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Our PGCE programmes all require a minimum of:Bachelor's degree with at least 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) usually in the subject you wish to teach. Check individual subjects for further details.Knowledge and understanding of the subject you intend to teach. GCSE grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification) in English language and Mathematics. Applicants without these English or mathematics qualifications at the time they apply may be considered, but they must obtain them, or pass an equivalent test set by King's, before the course starts. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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