The education and training of Business Studies teachers is a long-established feature of UWTSD. The course is the main provider of Business Studies teachers in Wales and enjoys an enviable reputation in the sector. The course incorporates the most recent innovations and thinking in Business Studies teaching.
The aims of the course are to provide an engaging and relevant professional training that enables Business graduates to (i) transform their Business Studies expertise into competent and effective classroom teaching, (ii) develop an understanding of how pupils learn Business subjects, (iii) critically evaluate and enhance their teaching to improve quality and effectiveness in the classroom.
The Business Studies course has strong links with the professional Business Studies teaching networks. There is regular use of visiting expert teachers and professionals from partner schools/colleges, Awarding Bodies, and industry and commerce.
The PGCE Business Studies course has links with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's Swansea Business School. The 'Big Business Bonanza' is an event that is held every year and local pupils are invited to attend, with the PGCE Business students helping to organise and run the event.
The PGCE Business Studies course uses partner schools and colleges across South Wales. Placements are decided after consultations between mentors, subject tutors and the Programme Director.
Trainees are given the opportunity to express preferences as to the areas in which they wish to practise; however, many other factors need to be considered in placing trainees and there can be no guarantees that trainees' wishes will be met. All placements will be found within realistic commuting distances, although trainees are expected to be prepared to travel to placements.
-Principles of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy in Secondary Education -Skills and Learning across the Curriculum (Welsh or English) -Investigating Issues in Secondary Education (Welsh or English) -Curriculum Development and Enhancement -Professional Teaching Experience (Level 6 – English or Welsh/bilingual)
The Business Studies PGCE at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David makes rigorous demands on participants, but trainees are also given a high level of constructive support and counselling in developing their teaching and personal skills.
The University offers excellent support to trainees in seeking their first posts. There are dedicated jobs bulletins and notice boards. Participants are trained in interview techniques. There is also a large and popular annual Teaching Employment Fair in January.
The employment rate for the course is the best in Wales and many graduates of the course are now Heads of Department or Senior Teachers and act as Mentors for the programme.
As a postgraduate academic course, the PGCE is assessed through two main components: there are four written assignments and Professional Teaching Experience includes thorough assessment of practical teaching skills.
The written assignments are based around realistic professional teaching tasks which seek to integrate preparation, research and inquiry.
The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).
Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.
Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme. This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.
Recently our PGCE Business Studies graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: John Kyrle High School (Ross-on-wye), Wembley High Technology College (Wembley), Wheatley Park School (Oxford), Ysgol Gyfun y Strade (Llanelli), Maesteg Comprehensive School (Maesteg), Ysgol Bro Dineswr (Carmarthenshire), Arden Academy (Solihull).
The journey I've been on to get to the PGCE course has been relatively short. I completed a 4-year Business and Management degree in Henley Business School, at Reading University, and for part of that degree I completed a placement year in the headquarters of Lloyds Bank in Bristol. During that year I decided perhaps industry work wasn't for me and I wanted a career that was more rewarding, so I looked into teaching and found out a bit more about the profession. I then applied for the course in the final year of my degree.
A good Degree in Business or a Business-related subject is required (50% Business content).
Recipient: University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
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