PGCE with QTS (Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status)

Modules

Year one

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

This mandatory module aims to develop your understanding of principles of educational psychology, neuroscience and contemporary educational theory on behaviour. You will explore how children learn, what influences their behaviour and what strategies and interventions are effective for promoting good teaching and learning.

This mandatory module aims to develop your knowledge of subject pedagogy, effective lesson planning and application of statutory codes for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), as well as principles of assessment and feedback practices.

This mandatory module aims to develop a reflective and self-critical approach to teaching. As such, you will be required to demonstrate effective practice via critical evaluation and systematic analysis of your own teaching practice in line with The National Teachers’ Standards in England (Department for Education 2012).

The Practical Teaching Practice mandatory module is practice-based and runs throughout the course. You will be encouraged to set, review and show that you can meet targets related to your professional practice and demonstrate your competency in all of the Teachers’ Standards.

In more detail...

This course gives you the opportunity to train to teach in a location that suits you. It is delivered and directed online, and you will be based for the duration of the course in a school near you. This means you will not be required to attend weekly lectures or long periods of study on our campus. Our trainee teachers for the PGCE with QTS can be based across England.

You can choose whether to be a full-time student or employed/salaried by a school if the opportunity is available to you and we can support you in attempting to find grants or bursaries to fund the course fee.

Start dates are flexible too – while most trainee teachers will start in September and complete their study in July, you can also choose to start in January or April – completing full-time study in December and March respectively. The course can also be studied part-time over two years to support personal or professional circumstances.

The course is designed to combine the flexibility of online study with practical in-school experience, which aims to help you to train on the job, under the supervision of skilled school-based mentors and experienced university tutors. Please note that visits by tutors may be dependent on coronavirus restrictions and staff may be subject to change.

The online segments are designed to be studied at your own pace, fitting more naturally with the changing patterns of life and work. The in-school training and conferences aim to offer hands-on teaching opportunities and collaborative learning experiences.

  • Flexible in start dates and duration of study
  • Personalised on-the-job training
  • Designed to provide highly practical learning experiences
  • Built around the craft of the classroom
  • Available for both primary and secondary phases in all school subjects
  • Aims to provide 24/7 access to online learning materials
  • Day-to-day guidance from a school-based mentor
  • Face-to-face sessions/seminars
  • Designed to provide varied and engaging assessments
  • Available in a location that suits you

The course is designed to be highly practical, so aims to help trainee teachers develop their craft in schools, under the supervision of skilled school-based mentors and experienced university tutors.

The course maintains that there is no one way to teach and encourages teachers to engage with a variety of teaching methods to develop their own best practice. It promotes the principle that continued professional development is fundamental to outstanding teaching and aims for its graduates to carry forward this belief throughout their careers.

There are four modules of study, comprising Behaviour and Classroom Management, Curriculum Delivery and Assessment, Development of Teaching, and Practical Teaching Practice.

You will also undertake a second school placement so that you have the opportunity to gain experience of teaching in more than one school.

The Practical Teaching Practice module runs throughout the course, and formative assessment regularly informs your progress and helps you to develop your teaching. At the end of the course, a summative assessment of your competency against the Teachers’ Standards is made.

Our course comprises four modules and is typically studied over one academic year (three school terms), but this can be extended. You will receive day-to-day support from a school-based mentor, as well as your own Personal University Tutor. Both colleagues will support your progress throughout and ensure that your workload is well-managed.

The modular structure of the course is blended in approach. It combines online learning with practical in-school support. There are also face-to-face sessions at our educational conferences, which aims to provide valuable peer support and a collaborative learning environment so that trainees have the opportunity to learn from one another while sharing and reflecting on experiences away from school.

Assessment throughout our PGCE with QTS is varied and designed to stimulate learning. It includes lesson observations, case study research, oral presentations and written assignments.

The Practical Teaching Practice module runs throughout the course, and formative assessment regularly informs your progress and helps you to develop your teaching. At the end of the course, a summative assessment of your competency against the Teachers’ Standards is made.

Throughout the year, you will also receive visits to your school from university staff who will observe your teaching and provide further support in your progress.

A 15-credit module consists of 150 hours of learning, which comprise a mix of taught and independent study.

During your study, you’ll have the opportunity to access to an experienced team, including associate lecturers, progression coaches and student experience officers, who will support your studies through regular feedback and dedicated live seminars. Please note that staff may be subject to change.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

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