About the course
The Post Graduate Certificate in Education: Social Science programme provides an intensive training experience, tightly focussed on providing you with the skills, knowledge and attributes you will need when embarking on a teaching career. Based on training geared to meeting the Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status, as a post graduate programme it also supports the development of a high degree of:
- Critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to the subject area
- Reflective practice linked to professional development
- Practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
- Deep understanding and application of subject knowledge
Achievement of the Teaching Standards required for QTS is assessed through the development of a portfolio of evidence based on your experience and practice in schools, and an assessment of performance in practice during the programme.
The PGCE academic assignments have been designed to complement and support the professional development you are engaged in during the school based element of the training programme. They involve a number of short written components; investigations and evaluations of school-based teaching and learning and presentations. All are designed to support you in linking student’s practical experience with your engagement and reflection on research in order to have a positive impact on student’s classroom practice and your pupils’ learning.
In school, the expertise of your Initial Teacher Training Mentor and Professional Mentor will enable you to make excellent progress through regular feedback. The department and school you work in will support you, both in terms of developing your pedagogic skills and any challenges you may face. At university, the highly qualified and respected academic team combines specialist knowledge and creative research with hands-on teaching experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise from school and university helps ensure that you are well equipped to meet the opportunities available to today's teaching professionals.
Tutorial support at university is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and fulfill your potential.
Trainees are expected to engage with a variety of enrichment experiences that challenge and extend their repertoire of skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include supporting learners in community based education projects and a variety of schools in our partnership.
Interviews usually take place within a week of your application being approved.
There are several stages to this process including provider led tests, a 30 minute taught session and an interview with a primary or secondary specialist. We want to give you the opportunity to showcase your commitment, knowledge and passion for teaching.
We consider all aspects of the interview day and will inform you within a couple of days if you have been successful.
We have training places across all primary and secondary subjects and work with primary and secondary schools across the North West.
The process is explained very clearly on our website
The UCAS website is also a great source of general information and there are some useful short films available on this site where advice is given around personal statements and preparing for interview.
How school placements work
Our programme differs from other, more traditional teacher training routes in that you are placed in a home school for the majority of your training. We discuss home school placements when you have accepted any offer we might make.
There is a university-based, week long summer school at the end of August prior to starting the course.
Your school-based experience takes place largely in a Home School, supported by teachers invested in teacher education. We have found that being in a Home School ensures that you are fully integrated into school life and get to know staff, pupils and your ITT Mentor extremely well, to the benefit of all involved. A member of LJMU staff is attached to each school and is responsible for visiting regularly in order to support you and your mentor.
All trainees are entitled to weekly review and feedback meetings with their mentors and to tutorials with LJMU staff, ensuring that you are supported from start to finish, personally and professionally.
A 6 week placement will be undertaken in January in a complementary setting. The most striking difference is the university involvement. Liverpool John Moores University deliver the academic programme on site, at Turton School, on Wednesdays.
School based training involves the preparation and delivery of learning sequences and lessons to small groups and whole classes of learners, with expectations and workload increasing during the course. This work is supported by your Initial Teacher Training Mentor who will support your professional learning experience in school.
The course is delivered through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, group discussion and reflection, problem solving and micro-teaching. We also make full use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.
This programme is tightly focussed on providing you with the skills and knowledge required. Your Personal Tutor will meet with you to monitor progress, provide guidance and advice and set targets for your development.
Your ITT Mentor will organise and supervise your school-based training and will in turn be supported by an LJMU Tutor who will visit school several times during the year to support you.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Hardship bursaries may be available for some students, depending on individual circumstances.
A contribution towards travel to school placements may be made in some circumstances.
You should have or expect to achieve an Undergraduate degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Social Science related discipline. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above.
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualification)
- Original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be requested at interview. Level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent . If you have non-standard qualifications please check their suitability with email@example.com
We are looking for applicants who have a passion for Social Science and wish to share their passion with young people. You should have a genuine belief that education transforms life chances and want to make a positive difference to young people and to their communities.
We want to work with committed people who want to develop a critical understanding of educational research, theory and practice.
At interview we hope to see your enthusiasm along with evidence of some experiences which have informed your decision to become a teacher.
If you are selected for interview you will be required to sit provider led tests on the day.
You will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
Your offer is conditional on completing ALL conditions of entry. These will be made available on UCAS.
About the training provider
We are an innovative, school led primary and secondary teacher-training programme designed and formed through a strategic partnership between Turton School and our extensive network of partnership schools across the North West. This one year PGCE with QTS will give you 60 credits towards a Master’s Degree. Our programme offers you the opportunity to carry out the majority of your training in school.
We are delighted to be working with our accrediting university partner, Liverpool John Moores University who support our aims of working creatively and flexibly with you, to provide the highest quality training.
In 2018 – 2019 we trained 44 people across primary and secondary PGCE with QTS programmes.
95% of our trainees were graded good or outstanding at the end of their training in 2019.
93% of trainees were in employment before the end of their training year.
Our vision is to ensure that you are prepared for the challenges of the classroom and well-equipped to benefit students in the schools in which you will train. We will work collaboratively and proactively with you to achieve high quality teaching and learning.
You will train in your Home School four days per week and attend our training centre at Turton School (Bolton) on one day for lectures delivered by LJMU staff, followed by workshops and subject knowledge development sessions. You will explore subject pedagogy with subject specialists working as leaders of learning in schools across our primary and secondary partnership.
About the accredited body
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has a long established reputation for providing high quality Teacher Training, working in close Partnership with over 300 committed, welcoming and diverse schools across the North West.
Our academic team is made up of successful teachers who maintain strong links with schools and professional bodies, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date training during your course.
School-based experience takes place largely in a Home School, supported by mentors. Shorter placements are also provided in contrasting school settings. This variety ensures that our students can confidently plan, teach and manage learning in different settings and socio-economic contexts.
Training with disabilities and other needs
School Direct at Turton and LJMU are committed to Equality of Opportunity and proud of the help we offer.
The Disability Advice Team at LJMU will help you access the support you need. The best time to contact the Disability Advice Team is before you start your course. By contacting the team before you begin and disclosing your disability, you'll be able to receive support from when you arrive. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0151 231 3164/3165.
The LJMU disability team are able to advise you on the services and support available to you. The Disability Advice Team work with you throughout the induction process to make sure that you receive personalised support. They will help you access the support that you need.
As a disabled student you may be eligible for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). The DSA is a grant that will help you meet the extra course costs you may face as a direct result of your disability, an ongoing health condition, a mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty.
To find out if you are eligible for DSA or to find out how much funding you could receive as part of your DSA, please visit the government Disabled Students' Allowance webpages.
Trainee teachers on our programme have accessed a number of services provided by Liverpool John Moores University including support for hearing impairment and a range of physical impairments.
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