About the course
The PGCE (QTS) programme at Goldsmiths has three distinct modules. These are:
• School Experience (Level 6)
• Studies and Professional Issues in Education (Level 7)
• Subject Studies (Level 7)
During the programme you will spend a minimum of 120 days in school. These days are divided into two block school experiences allowing you to develop a broad understanding of the role of the teacher in contrasting settings. In addition to school placements you will spend the equivalent of 8 weeks in University. In this time you will have mix of lectures and small group seminars which are designed to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of your subject area.
Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which is designed to prepare you fully for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher. This programme will be enhanced by ongoing training during school experience and will include aspects such as: behaviour management, working with pupils with English as an Additional Language and Special Educational Needs. Assessment of this module is through a portfolio of evidence and will require you to demonstrate your engagement across all eight of the Teachers’ Standards.
The Secondary PGCE (QTS) Programme at Goldsmiths is taught and assessed at Masters Level. In addition to a recommendation for QTS, if you pass all academic elements of the programme, you will also leave with 120 Masters level credits which is equivalent to one third of a master’s degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences. The academic element of your programme is made up of two modules.
Media with English This programme offers you a balance of theory and practice, giving you the opportunity to more fully explore and understand the key concepts of Media Studies at secondary school and at post-16 level. This programme offers you a route into teaching a subject that is dynamic and constantly changing. Our experts will teach you, through a diverse and integrated course, everything you need to know about the place of Media Studies within the school curriculum.
You’ll learn through a number of Subject Studies and School Experience modules in the areas of Media Studies (75%) and English teaching at Key Stage 3 (25%). You’ll learn hand-on media skills through a programme of practical media training sessions.
Interviews take place either at Goldsmiths or in one of our partnership schools. All interviews will require you to demonstrate your own knowledge in the subject you are intending on teaching as well as including activities to gauge your understanding of the teaching profession.
Across all subject areas, activities at interview will include:
• A written English test;
• An opportunity to demonstrate group work skills;
• An individual interview;
• For certain subjects you may be required to provide a portfolio of work at interview to evidence your professional practice.
In addition, some subjects may include additional interview activities please see specific subject pages listed above.
How school placements work
The Secondary PGCE Programme at Goldsmiths offers you the opportunity to specialise in the 11-18 age range.
We work with a partnership of over 300 schools across London and beyond. This means that during your time on the PGCE (QTS) programme you will have the opportunity to work in contrasting schools and settings which will provide breadth to your understanding of the role of the teacher.
You will have two extended placements during your programme during the Autumn and Spring/ Summer terms. Placements are allocated for you once you have enrolled onto the programme. In placing you we take into account any care responsibilities or personal circumstances and we will locate a school for you that is within a reasonable travelling distance from your home in the light of this.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Please refer to: https://www.gold.ac.uk/pgce/apply/entry-requirements/
Additional qualifications may be needed to qualify for the bursary for this PGCE programme.
In addition to a strong subject knowledge, we are looking for applicants that have an understanding of the nature of working in an urban settings and a have a clear commitment and enthusiasm for working with young people. You must be able to show resilience and be willing to work with others.
You do not need to have extensive school experience before applying but we do ask that you spend a minimum of 5 days in a school in the last 5 years to ensure that you are fully aware that the profession is right for you.
About the training provider
The Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance is committed to providing world-class support for schools in Greenwich and beyond.
We are an alliance of strong and innovative schools, highly focused local authority support and universities (including the University of Greenwich and Goldsmiths University), collaborating to deliver excellent teaching and embed outstanding practice at all levels.
his programme is led by Thomas Tallis secondary school, will run for 36 weeks, and is available to high-quality graduates. Successful completion will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teaching Status (QTS). The programme comprises two elements; university-based teaching (with either the University of Greenwich or Goldsmiths University) and school-based experience. Practical teaching experience is gained in two main schools, where student teachers are allocated subject-specialist mentors who offer feedback and guidance. During both placements there is the opportunity to develop your subject teaching, supported by specialist teachers. As well as covering all aspects of the National Curriculum and addressing all relevant government standards, this programme helps trainee teachers to develop as effective teachers. Sessions with our University Partners cover a range of topics, including planning lessons, assessment of pupils and classroom management.
We offer the following subjects: Biology, Maths, MFL, Chemistry, Art & Design, Drama, English & Media, Design Technology, P.E., Physics, and Music.
About the accredited body
PGCE (QTS) programme at Goldsmiths has been designed to:
• Promote Reflection: to develop a strong sense of identity that is built upon a close connection between research and experience.
• Recognise Inclusivity and Diversity: to be rights respecting and recognise and challenge the political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of practice.
• Celebrate Creativity: to take informed risks and use imaginative and innovative strategies to support learning.
• Develop Confidence and Engagement: to participate fully in steering the course of the profession both locally, nationally and globally.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We welcome applications from students with additional needs for further details of support you can expect to receive please refer to:
We welcome applications from students with additional needs for further details of support you can expect to receive please refer to: https://www.gold.ac.uk/students/disability-support/ .
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Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
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