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PGCE Secondary

Course Description

If you join us, you will train at one of the UK's leading and longest-running providers of teacher education. Our tutor team includes expert classroom teachers and research-engaged university staff.

This engaging programme will provide both an academic qualification at Masters-level (PGCE) and a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will gain from the expertise and enthusiasm of our school mentors and university subject tutors in small, subject-based teaching groups at Roehampton, tailored to your experience and expertise. A combination of extensive school partnerships, strong pastoral support and a close-knit student community means that you will receive an excellent experience. Our School of Education is one of the principal providers of teacher training in the UK. Set on a beautiful parkland campus, we have a rich 175-year history providing teacher education through our four Colleges.

Visit the website: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/pgce-secondary/index.html

Course detail

This PGCE course is for graduates intending to qualify as secondary school teachers. A combination of extensive school partnerships, strong pastoral support and a close-knit student community means that you will receive an excellent experience. We will give the chance to specialise in one of the following specific subjects:

- Art and Design
- Computing
- Design and Technology (specialising in Food, Materials, Textiles or Electronic and Communications Technology)
- Drama Full for 2016 entry
- English Full for 2016 entry
- Geography
- History Full for 2016 entry
- Mathematics
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Music
- Physical Education Full for 2016 entry
- Religious Education
- Science (Science with Biology, Science with Chemistry and Science with Physics)

Your university based studies will be set around tutor-led sessions in small groups, learning rounds in partner schools, student-led seminars and workshops, tutorials, individual work on directed tasks, and plenty of online interaction to share teaching ideas, research into children's learning and course guidance. We have a small number of lectures as part of the Professional Studies module, where we invite national experts and colleagues from our partnership schools to outline significant ideas which we then discuss in small groups.

You will also spend sustained periods of time in two contrasting schools. During these placements you will progress from participant observer to lead teacher. You will be supported in school by a trained mentor, who will collaborate closely with Roehampton tutors in monitoring your practice and provide you with day-to-day feedback on your developing skills.

The school placements provide experience in:

- Understanding the secondary curriculum in your chosen subject
- Understanding how to plan for learning
- Establishing an organised approach to teaching
- Establishing professional working relationships.

Further information

The course starts in early September with completion in the following July.

Applications for PGCE programmes are handled by UCAS Teacher Training: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training/apply-and-track

Applicants will need to have completed a skills test or at the very least be enrolled in one at the time of application.

The University of Roehampton is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, students and trainees to share this commitment. Enhanced DBS checks will be required for all teacher training courses.

To find out more about School Direct please visit our dedicated page at http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/School_Direct_Recruitment_Information/

Bursaries and funding

The Government offers bursaries and scholarships of up to £25,000 tax free, while you study. For more information or to apply visit the Get Into Teaching website.

Visit the PGCE Secondary page on the University of Roehampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are usually expected to hold a good second-class honours degree (or above) from an approved university or college in the UK, or a recognised degree from abroad. Non-graduates with appropriate professional or other qualifications may be accepted on an individual basis by course conveners. To follow your chosen programme successfully, you will need to be fluent in written and spoken English. The guideline qualification in English regarded by the University of Roehampton as an acceptable minimum level of competence is British Council ACADEMIC IELTS at 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band.

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