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PGCE Secondary Business

Course Description

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 for updates.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

This course combines all elements of business education providing teaching experience in this subject. An emphasis is placed on the use of a virtual learning environment (VLE) to access lecture materials and extension work as well as an online community.

The Faculty of Education has a national reputation in secondary teacher training based on an effective school and college partnership structure and wide range of subject disciplines which has been rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted. Placements are central to the course - trainees will spend 24 out of 36 weeks on teaching practice in at least two schools or colleges.

The main focus of the course is business studies and business related subjects, such as economics and law. Trainees will learn how to use a wide range of effective approaches to teaching business subjects, and will gain an understanding of why they are effective. There is an emphasis on using Information and Communication Technology to enhance learning across the business subjects and there may be an opportunity to teach business related units within ICT lessons.

This course is based at the Cheshire campus in Crewe.

You will learn how to set objectives, prepare resources, plan and evaluate lessons, monitor progress and assess capability. Although you are a graduate, provision is made to ensure that you have the breadth and range of subject knowledge through an audit followed by a course of peer tutoring. During the 24 weeks you spend in schools you will have ample opportunity to put what you learn into practice. You will be supported in school by experienced subject mentors.

The last three and a half weeks form the enrichment phase of the course where you have the opportunity to develop your expertise. In recent years trainee teachers have planned new learning units in social enterprise, produced interactive online learning resources, and helped to develop the school's Virtual Learning Environment and website.

We aim to develop analytical, successful and enthusiastic beginning teachers who are fully aware of the excitement and challenges which lie ahead and who can work effectively in a variety of educational settings.

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.

There will be a focus on:

. Promoting an 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

In recent years the job market, both in the UK and internationally, has provided opportunities to teach business studies and business related subjects. The majority of trainee teachers obtain a teaching post before they complete the course. Many teachers who qualified on this course remain in touch with course tutors after they start work and often become subject mentors themselves.

As part of the PGCE you will gain 60 Masters level credits (one third of a Masters Degree) which can be used as a stepping stone to higher academic and professional awards and career development.

The Faculty of Education offers a flexible, part-time continuing professional development programme which includes MA Teaching, Education, Inclusive Education & SEN, Educational Leadership & Management and Coaching and Mentoring. Ranked in the UK top 10, our Education and Social Research Institute provides opportunities to study to PhD level.

School placements are central to the course. As an intending teacher you will begin by developing proefessional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will begin to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community.

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.

Special Features

. Practice placements in a range of schools and colleges from urban to rural
. This course includes 60 M-level CATS points, or one third of a Masters degree - the Faculty of Education offers an extensive continuing professional development programme
. Access to NQT Alumni Support Programme

Visit the PGCE Secondary Business page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. All subjects normally require a minimum of a 2:2 classification.Evidence is required of relevant experience in a UK secondary school. You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics at the point of application.

Course Fees

UK and EU students full-time £9,000 · Non-EU overseas students full-time £12,500

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