About the course
The programme is delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and subject study.
This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.
The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments.
To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School ExperienceIn addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:
Professionalism in Education
Identity, Equality and Inclusion
Closing the gap in access and achievement
Positive behaviour management
Working with learning support assistants
English as an additional language
Child protection and Prevent
Pastoral care in schools
Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
The relationship between theory and practice
Special Educational Needs
Applying for teaching posts
Personal, Social and Health Education
Building rapport and resilience
How school placements work
Over the duration of your course you will spend 24 weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised in our partnership schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually exceed 1 hour from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area).
Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.
Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.
Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
A suitable honours degree at 2:2 or above;
GCSE English language, mathematics and science at grade C / 4 or above;
Your personal statement is important. It should demonstrate that you have an understanding of the profession which you are entering.
All successful applicants who accept a place with the University will be subject to an enhanced disclosure check with the Disclosure and Barring Service as well as an occupational health check to establish fitness to practice.
About the training provider
We are recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training, we have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839.
- We offer high-quality training and experience that will prepare you to become a confident and effective teacher
- Much of your training will be practical, school-based experiences
- You’re supported throughout your school-based learning by experienced mentor teachers and university tutors
- You’ll gain a respected professional qualification in a career of major importance
- You’ll learn how to use research to improve your teaching skills
- Our courses have varied content, including: lectures, seminars, presentations, group tasks, mini-research projects and assessments
- You’ll develop a range of communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills that will be invaluable in a teaching career and beyond
- Political and public policy announcements are built into the curriculum, so you will be up to date on contemporary teaching issues.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University of Chichester has an outstanding reputation for student satisfaction and retention and one of the key underlying factors is the excellence of our support services.
Our aim is to support your experience as a student by listening, advising and offering a range of professional services.
As a student you could benefit from specific types of support, for example, sorting out your finances, managing a disability, looking after your health, getting through a tough period, planning your future or a host of other needs and combinations of needs.
We have teams of highly qualified specialists to support all students whatever the need and with an exceptional ‘Support and Information Zone’ (SIZ) providing a friendly and accessible first point of call.
For more information about specific services see: https://www.chi.ac.uk/study-us/student-services
For students with specific needs, the university can work with those individuals and our partner schools to ensure that reasonable adjustments are put in place to ensure success while on placement.
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