About the course
Our aim is facilitate your transition from successful graduate to competent teacher. In addition to being an academic course, the PGCE Secondary provides a professional qualification (QTS). By the end of the course you should have achieved the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and be confident in teaching all aspects of the Secondary National Curriculum at the appropriate level. You will become a reflective practitioner who will be able to improve continuously your own knowledge, understanding and skills.
The PGCE programme is 44 weeks long, commencing early September, with time divided between school placements and Bradford College. The course prepares you to teach within the secondary age range of (11-16).
You will study all areas of the secondary curriculum and link practice to theory, completing 3 modules at Level 7. Bradford College sessions are relevant, often practically-based, and address the subject knowledge, teaching techniques (pedagogy) and professional issues required to teach children accessing the Secondary National Curriculum.
College sessions cover aspects such as planning and assessment, behaviour management, SEND, inclusion and safeguarding. In addition to this, you have the support of subject specialist tutors, all of who have secondary teaching experience.
For the award of the PGCE you complete three assessed modules, each worth 20 Credit points at Masters Level. These are:
- Subject Specialist Pedagogy
- Teaching Learning and Assessment
- Educational Philosophy and Vision
The assessment of these modules comprises a range of strategies, including essays, academic posters and presentations. The PGCE qualification is validated by the University of Bolton.
By the end of the course you will meet the required standards for newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Your knowledge and understanding of teaching in Secondary schools will be secure. You will be capable of planning, teaching and managing a class and your monitoring, assessment, recording and reporting skills will be well developed. You will understand the issues of accountability and the many professional responsibilities required of a teacher.
The overall aim of the selection procedure is to explore your potential to be an excellent secondary teacher.
Interviews are held as part of group sessions at which you will be asked to undertake a number of tasks: an interview, a presentation, a written task and a subject specialism audit.
There will be a group introduction at which you will be given a brief outline of the course and of your expected commitment in terms of attendance, professional behaviour and information about school placements.
• You will have an individual interview with tutor, lasting about 30 minutes, to assess your strengths, suitability for the course and for secondary teaching.
• You will be expected to talk about an object of your choice, relevant to your subject area, which you are asked to bring with you.
• The written task is a short comprehension task in Standard English, lasting 30 minutes, to evaluate your ability to communicate in writing.
• A subject specific audit will be completed to ascertain areas of strength and areas for development.
The interview sessions take approximately 4 hours in total. Further information will be provided if you are selected for interview.
How school placements work
School experience is a vital part of your teacher training programme. A key strength of the PGCE course is how theory and practice are related by working with children in two placement schools – at least 120 days are school-based with support provided by experienced school mentors and College link tutors.
You will experience two contrasting placements, the first starting in the autumn term and the second starting in the spring term. The remainder of the time will be spent in Bradford College and or in other educational settings.
Your placements will be arranged for you. Every effort is made to ensure that the most appropriate placements are chosen for each trainee to enhance their professional development. We have strong partnership links with local schools, whose staff make a significant contribution to your training. Partnership schools are situated in Bradford and the neighbouring LEAs to give a wide range of experience and to meet the needs of students from across the region.
Each placement begins with a pattern of serial days including periods of observation, work with small groups of children and the completion of school-based tasks. Serial days lead to blocks of teaching practice with whole classes.
Progress towards achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is assessed using the Teachers’ Standards (DfE 2013) whilst in placement. You will need to accumulate and record evidence in your Individual Development Profile (IDP) to demonstrate, by the end of the course, that you have met all of the Teachers’ Standards and criteria in order that the College may recommend you for QTS.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
A subject-appropriate good Honours degree at 2:2 or above (as detailed below):
Social Sciences - Your degree must contain relevant subject knowledge and we would normally expect you to have at least a lower second class Honours. In addition you should have a Level 3 qualification related to Social Science (e.g Law, Politics, Economics or Sociology).
At least a GCSE (or equivalent qualification via equivalencytesting.com) at Grade C/4 or above in English and mathematics.
Good literacy and numeracy skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English
Passion to work in a challenging and rewarding career
A desire to develop your skills
Time management skills
Potential to work as a team member
Awareness of contemporary education issues and multicultural issues in education
A satisfactory new DBS Disclosure will be required for the start of the course, which must be applied for through Bradford College.
A health check is required before commencing on the course.
About the training provider
As Bradford’s leading ITE provider, the School of Teacher Education at University Centre Bradford College offers a wide range of ITE programmes covering Primary, Secondary and Post-secondary (14 – Adult) teacher training, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our PGCE with QTS programmes include Primary (covering 3-7, 5-11 or 7-11 age routes) and Secondary Education in a range of subjects. We have Post-secondary Education and Training (PSET) courses available as pre-service or in-service, full or part-time options, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills. We also offer the Assessment Only route to QTS and Secondary Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.
Our students enjoy a tailored learning experience extremely well supported by a dedicated team of tutors and school/college based mentors. We work in partnership with a wide range of schools across the region, encompassing varying socio-economic backgrounds, to give trainees opportunities to practise their teaching skills and to experience the different conditions faced by school colleagues. We have a very strong tradition of producing effective practitioners grounded in educating children and adults in a multi-ethnic world, with excellent employability rates for our graduates. In our most recent Ofsted inspection (2018) we received a ‘Good’ grade for the quality of our provision.
We have dedicated Higher Education learning and social spaces with good facilities designed to enable trainees to reap the benefits of studying with peers.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Students have access to Bradford College Disability Services and Learning Support, which provides support to learners with a range of disabilities and/or learning difficulties at all college sites.
Learning Support is available to all students with a disclosed disability, or learning difficulty, provided they meet the entry requirements of their course, and can access their chosen course with the help of “reasonable adjustments” (subject to resources.)
Students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties meeting the requirements are entitled to:
(i) a Learning Support Agreement outlining the support agreed between the student and the Learning Support Tutor or Advisor at College;
(ii) their Learning Support Agreement being followed by teaching and support staff, who may need to make adjustments;
(iii) be able to speak in confidence to staff about their support needs. This information will not be passed on to other staff or external bodies without their signed consent, unless there is a risk to their safety or that of other students and staff;
(iv) a risk assessment being undertaken, where attendance on their chosen course may pose a risk to themselves or others;
(v) access arrangements in exams, and during entry tests, if appropriate evidence is produced in advanceto enable these arrangements to be provided;
(vi) a Learning Support Tutor from the Learning Support Team to oversee and review their support and whom they can contact if difficulties arise.
(vii) decline the support offered to them, unless there is a risk to their safety or that of other students and staff;
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David Hockney Building, Great Horton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 1AY
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