All applicants will require English Language and Maths GCSE at time of application. All prospective PGCE candidates will be required to complete a Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure and a Fitness to Teach health form.
All PGCE applicants for 2014 entry will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. The Department of Education have indicated there will be notable changes to the structure and content of 2013 tests, but have not yet confirmed details of these changes. We advise applicants to monitor http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching
A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.
This programme, which was rated outstanding in the 2011 Ofsted Inspection Report, provides Qualified Teacher Status in the 11-18 age range. Practice placements in at least two different schools or colleges are integral and as an intending teacher you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings.
We offer PGCE Secondary Education in the following specialisms: Art and Design; Business; Computing with ICT; Design and Technology; Drama; English; Geography; History; Mathematics; Modern Foreign Languages; Music and Music with Specialist Instrument Teaching; Physical Education; Physics with Maths; Psychology; Science; Social Science, Religous Education.
For all routes you will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop your understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate.
In all subject disciplines there will be a focus on the following competencies:
. Promoting and inclusive learning and teaching environment
. Working in multi-professional teams
. Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
. Learning and teaching strategies
. Managing students' behaviour
. Planning, and evaluating students' learning
. Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities
Rated as 'outstanding' in the 2011 Ofsted Inspection, this course provides several subject specific routes leading to Qualified Teacher Status in the 11-18 range. Intensive university (12 weeks) and school-based training (24 weeks) is combined with periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)
This University runs pre-entry SKE courses for national shortage subjects (Computing with ICT, Mathematics, Science, Physics with Mathematics, Modern Foreign Langauges and Design and Technology). These will be recommended at interview where appropriate and confirmed with a place offer.
For details of specific entry requirements and course content for individual specialisms see separate course entries.
Our secondary education programmes have an excellent reputation and are highly regarded by most employers. Over 85% of our trainees have secured a post within six months of completing their PGCE. Traineed receive sustained support in their attempts to secure employment, and many of our ex-trainees new hold positions of responsibility in our partnership schools. An effective Partnership structure and commitment to life-long learning are integral to our teacher training. On completion of your PGCE we offer ongoing support via our Alumni networks and a flexible continuing development programme.
School placements are central and occur in all three terms. Students spend 24 weeks in school and 12 weeks at university. As an intending teacher, you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will start to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community. Your placements will be in at least two different schools or colleges and will range from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges. The Enrichment phase also offers placements in settings other than schools.
. Rated as 'outstanding' in Ofsted 2011 Inspection
. Training tailored across diverse educational settings
. National reputation in secondary teacher education based on a wide range of subject disciplines and an effective partnership structure.
. Includes 60 M-level CAT points, or one third of a Masters degree
. Subject enhancement/boosters available
You will normally have or be expected to obtain a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree of which 50% of the degree must be in the subject you are applying for. Exceptions apply which require a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree with 50% of the degree in the subject you wish to teach. Evidence is required of relevant experience in a UK secondary school.