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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Education

Course Description

The University of Chichester is recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training. Enjoying a strong national and international reputation, they have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839. The PGCE Secondary programme, with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), offers high-quality training for those wishing to teach in the secondary age range.

Visit the website: http://www.chi.ac.uk/pgce-secondary-education

Course detail

The Secondary PGCE offers high quality training for those wishing to teach the following subjects in the 11-18 age range in the following areas and is offered at Level 7 (Masters)

• Dance
• Design and Technology
• English
• History
• Mathematics
• Modern Languages
• Physical Education
• Religious Education
• Science with Biology
• Science with Chemistry
• Science with Physics

Format and assessment

The programme’s delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and subject study. This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.

Indicative Course Content:

• Subject specific teaching
• Monitoring and assessment of pupil progress
• Lesson planning
• Curriculum requirements including National Curriculum, GCSE and A Level
• Health and safety
• Equality and inclusion
• Special Educational Needs
• Subject knowledge for teaching
• Professional studies
• Creating a positive learning environment
• Curriculum innovation
• Developing resilience
• Applying for teaching posts
• Personal and social education

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary, students need to pass three 4,000 word assignments at Level 7 (Masters) and two blocks of school experience.

Why this course?

• High quality training and experience to prepare you to become a confident and effective secondary school teacher
• 70% of the training is school based, in 2 placements including key stage 2 and post 16 experience
• Professional qualification with Masters credit
• You will learn how to use research to improve your teaching skills
• Varied course delivery includes lectures, seminars, presentations, group tasks, mini research projects and written assignments
• Valuable support from experienced mentor teachers and University tutors
• You will develop a range of communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills that will be invaluable in a teaching career and beyond

Career progression

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher. At the end of the year you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school. Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus. It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors. Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations. An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

How to apply: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training/apply-and-track

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Education page on the University of Chichester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

First degree – normally 2:2 or above with at least 50% subject content relevant to the National Curriculum requirements for your subject. There may be some exceptions; the relevant subject co-ordinator will be able to advise you GCSE/O level English Language and Maths at grade C or above Minimum of 2 weeks’ classroom experience in a UK state secondary school within the last two years.All successful applicants will have to obtain DBS clearance, to complete a satisfactory medical declaration and to pass the NCTL skills tests before the start of the course.

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