About the course
This is a full-time programme that runs over nine months. The programme is taught at master’s level and allows students to gain up to 60 credits towards a master’s qualification.
The course enables you to develop your skills of critical analysis and engage with educational research at the same time as developing practical classroom skills through school experience. By the end of the course, you’ll be equipped as reflective practitioners to continue your professional learning throughout your career.
How school placements work
The PGCE programme is taught in affiliation with a range of primary schools. During the programme, you’ll be placed in two different schools for extended placements. Plus you’ll have three two-week group placements focusing on the teaching of maths, English or teaching pupils with Special Educational Needs.
The school experiences will draw on your own prior experiences and skills and develop them within the partnership of school-based and university-based training and support. During School Experience, school-based mentors are partners in identifying individual training needs and refining your individual action plans. Initially, you’ll focus on teaching small groups of pupils the core curriculum subjects, leading to proficiency in teaching a whole class subjects across the primary curriculum by the end of the second placement.
You’ll develop a broader understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in education and the wider context within which schools operate. You’ll also be able to identify areas for future development during your own teaching career.
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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