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Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)


Course Description

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been recently graded as 'outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training. The Ofsted report states that “such is the confidence of schools that trainees from the University of Birmingham are of high quality, employment rates for both primary and secondary phases exceed national averages by some margin. Trainees display excellent professional qualities: they are clear that good teaching leads to pupils who are interested in their work, enjoy learning and behave well.”

The Initial Teacher Education course

This 36-week programme is based in schools and on the University main campus, and includes the following areas of study:

Subject-based teaching methods
School-based work
Whole-school issues

The award of the PGDipEd (QTS) is subject to completion of all areas of study, and to satisfactory assessment of professional studies via six modules, subject-based work and school practice. The course is designated 11–18 so you will work with pupils from Key Stages 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum and with those in the 16-plus age group; from the very able to those with learning difficulties, and in a variety of settings.

About the School of Education

The School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. It is an international leader in education with a history of top rated research. In the 2016 QS World Rankings, it was ranked 28th in the World and joint 7th in Europe/UK.
The School employs over 100 academic staff who teach more than 2,500 students. It is home to a number of departments and research centres with a history of top rated research and is an international leader in education.
School of Education ranking:
- Ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
- Ranked 10th in the 2017 Complete University Guide
- In Top 3 for HEI provision in the Good Teacher Training Guide
- Ranked 28th in the World in the 2016 QS World Rankings
- Ranked 9th overall for Research in the 2014 REF (with more than 82% of research rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4*).
- Rated 'outstanding' in latest Ofsted inspection (2013) for its Teacher Training programmes
- Ranked third for Education in The Times Good University Guide 2017

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alice Ingle

Alice is a very committed individual who believes in doing what you love no matter what other people think. She loves being in a position to inspire children and develop them into young adults. It is important to her to nurture curiosity in what you enjoy.

Alice is a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/alice-ingle/

(Student Profile)

Belen Munoz Garcia

Belen always wanted to be a teacher and since early age she worked with young children as a private tutor. Her passion for mathematics made her study a degree in Mathematics at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain). After that, looking for a new challenge, she decided to move to England, to accomplish her dream of being a teacher studying at the University of Birmingham.

Belen is a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/belen-munoz-garcia/


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

A degree or equivalent qualification in the area you wish to teach; plus English Language and Mathematics at GCSE grade C or above, or the equivalent. You must also pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy

Course Fees

£9,000 FT only (UK/EU); £15,660 FT only (overseas)


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