This PGCE course will prepare you to teach in secondary schools, with school-based training starting from week one. Two-thirds of your time will be spent developing practical skills, with support available through University-based seminars and lectures. You will consider different teaching methods and theories of learning, using these to develop your school-based practice.
Incorporating up to 60 masters-level credits and Qualified Teacher Status, as with the PGCE, the School Direct route will also prepare you to teach in secondary schools. You can apply to a school of your choice and will spend most of the year based there.
Induction takes place at the end of August, after which you will follow the academic calendar of your chosen school. You will also complete a placement in a second school that promotes collaborative learning and broadens your experience.
Throughout the year, you will spend a number of days at the University as part of our vibrant community of beginning teachers. You will consider different teaching methods and theories of learning, using these to develop your school-based practice. We offer parallel secondary and primary courses with opportunities for cross-phase working.
Two masters-level modules are included in each route, and your practical teaching will be assessed by University tutors, school-based mentors/coordinators, and external examiners. Your school-based work and written records of this will all be taken into account, and there are no written exams. You will need to demonstrate your theoretical and practical abilities, and must fulfil the requirements for Teacher Standards.
We have a very strong, collaborative partnership with the schools we work with, which supports your development as a beginning teacher. University tutors and school coordinators/mentors work closely with you, and each other, throughout the year to support and challenge you to develop into the best teacher you can be.