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PGCE Secondary Business Education (Age Phase 14-19) with QTS

Course Description

"Edge Hill University provides its trainees, regardless of their chosen age range, with outstanding training": Grade 1 'outstanding' results across all 33 inspected outcomes - Ofsted Initial Teacher Education inspection report, 12/5/2011.

This PGCE will equip you with the range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of Business related subjects, including Economics. The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies, hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to further your own subject knowledge.

The programme equips you to teach across the 14-19 age range, covering vocational programmes such as BTEC Business as well as traditional GCSE, AS and A2 courses. Business Education gained the highest possible grades in the last OFSTED inspection.


If you have a degree in or one which incorporates Business, want to develop the business knowledge and skills of secondary school pupils aged 14 to 19, and wish to learn the latest professional methods to make you a confident and capable teacher, this programme is for you.


You will experience professional training, delivered to the highest standards and incorporating the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies, to help you take up your first teaching post with confidence.


The following information is for trainees on the one-year, full-time programme:

You’ll start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit. This will identify your main strengths and weaknesses and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs. During 12 weeks of study on campus, you will develop:

- Knowledge of essential educational theory;
- Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, managing both individual students and larger -groups;
- Strategies to encourage students’ practical skills development, including organising outside fieldwork in the business -environment and researching using the internet;
- Ability to plan lessons effectively;
- Excellent working knowledge of the latest ICT tools and software used in schools;
- Enhanced subject knowledge and professional and academic skills;
- Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through study of professional values.

If undertaking the flexible programme, you may not need to undertake all the above study programme, work placements and methods of assessment, depending on your level and experience and which pathway you undertake.


A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme also aims to develop a reflective and a critically analytical approach to education.


You will spend 26 weeks on placement in schools and colleges, putting your training into practice through assisting in and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. The programme also utilises FE and sixth form colleges for placements, although these can not be guaranteed for every trainee. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.

You will work with students from various areas, backgrounds and abilities, providing you with excellent experience in classroom management and the ability to teach individuals and groups at a range of levels.


Friendly, supportive tutors, with many years of experience both in schools and the FE sector, based in one of the top departments at the forefront of Business Education teacher training in England and Wales.


A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Level 7 and the QTS Standards. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other areas of Business Education.

Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.


Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain QTS and progress onto employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at secondary school level in Business Education. A number of trainees have also found employment in FE and sixth form colleges.

Our proactive careers advisory service can help you to find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.

You will discover excellent career prospects in this exciting and innovative subject area. Teaching is a rewarding job and there are many ways in which you could progress in your career, either in the classroom or in a leadership role.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Business Education (Age Phase 14-19) with QTS page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join this PGCE you should have: A first degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification; A degree classification at 2:2 or above; GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification); Competence in ICT; A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy must be successfully completed prior to entry. Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure required.

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