This stimulating and demanding 36-week training programme aims to prepare students to become confident, creative, imaginative teachers of Art and Design, with a passion for their subject and the enthusiasm to make learning an enjoyable experience for pupils.
Practical skill-enhancing workshops feature prominently within the course and emphasis is placed on the use of contemporary art through links with outside agencies such as Welsh museums and galleries, Artes Mundi and the Saatchi gallery.
The PGCE Secondary programme refreshes and extends students’ subject knowledge and provides them with the opportunity to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and make a difference to young people’s lives and ambitions.
The programme is divided into university and school/college-based sections. The 12-week university-based section is taught by highly respected staff with extensive experience of secondary school provision.
Our tutors will introduce students to various aspects of teaching, including lesson planning, resource preparation and selection, teaching approaches for examination courses, class management and control, and assessment of attainment.
Trainees will spend the other 24 weeks gaining Professional Teaching Experience (PTE) on two placements at our established partner schools/colleges located across the South Wales region from Pembrokeshire to Monmouthshire. On both these placements, an experienced teacher will act as mentor and will keep in close contact with university tutors to ensure the smooth development of the trainee’s teaching competences. Placements will be available in either English or Welsh-medium secondary schools.
The programme involves four written assignments, while the PTE will be assessed through teaching observations by both experienced placement mentors and university tutors against the QTS.
Module 01: Principles of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy in Secondary Education (Level 6 – English only. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available) Module 02: Skills and learning across the Curriculum (Level 6 – Welsh or English. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available) Module 03: Investigating Issues in Secondary Education (Level 6 and 7 – Welsh or English. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available) Module 04: Curriculum Development and Enhancement (Level 6 - Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. and Level 7 – Post-graduate Cert.Ed.. Both English only) Module 05: Professional Teaching Experience (Level 6 – English or Welsh/bilingual. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
You will be expected to hold a good honours degree (2:2minimum) and be a graduat of a university, polytechnic or college of higher education approved by the University of Wales. If you wish to teach in Secondary schools then your degree should be closely linked to the subject that you wish to teach.
For the September 2015 entry all PGCE applicants in Wales will need a B grade at GCSE in English and Mathematics and if you intend to follow your course through the medium of Welsh, a C grade in Welsh.
If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit an equivalency test. If you are successful and you accept your place to study with us then you can start your programme as planned. Attendance at the workshops prior to the test is a compulsory part of the equivalency testing programme.
What are GCSE Equivalency Tests?
Successful completion of a GCSE equivalency test will enable you to proceed on to a PGCE course if you do not hold a GCSE B grade in English or Maths, the test is only available to students that have gained a grade C at GCSE level.
If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit an equivalency test. If you successfully complete your equivalency test and you accept your place to study with SWWCTE then you can start your PGCE programme as planned.
Will I get any support before the test?
Yes. You are required to attend a one day workshop which is designed to help prepare you for the test with face-to-face support. On the day of your test you will also attend a half day workshop in the morning. In addition to our face-to-face workshops, we recommend that you consult one or more of the following revision resources:
“Before we go into our first teaching placement, which is after the October half-term, we are taught how to plan and organise workloads, how to write schemes of work, the theory behind teaching and learning strategies as well.
We also have the opportunity to work through micro-teaching experiences within the University, within the Art classroom and that’s fantastic. It really gives you confidence and really is a great experience in how to deliver a lesson appropriately.
We get the opportunity to build up our portfolios throughout the course, and by the end of the year we get some great, varied schemes of work to show our schools when we are at interview and it’s a great reflection of what we’ve done throughout the year.
The staff on the course are incredibly supportive and help you every step of the way. They’ve been invaluable, a terrific team of people to work with.
For me, it’s been a terrific course, I’m glad I’ve made it and been able to juggle family commitments, as well as completing the course. It’s been a great boost to my confidence and I’m really looking forward to getting set up in the workplace.” - Sharon Morgan, PGCE Art & Design
The highlight of my PGCE has been an exhibition of A Level photography work at Waterstones bookshop in Swansea. I co-curated the exhibition with the students. The students felt an immense sense of pride and satisfaction at having their work displayed in such a public place. News of the exhibition also made the local paper, which was a real bonus for my pupils.
To undertake one of our PGCE Secondary courses, you will require: • a good degree (usually a 2.2 or better) where at least 50% of the modules relate to the curriculum subject • at least a B grade (or equivalent) in both GCSE English and Mathematics • at least a C grade in GCSE Welsh if you intend to study through the medium of Welsh.The University is offering free equivalency tests in both Maths and English to all 2015 applicants who satisfy the other entry requirements for their course.
Recipient: University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
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