About the course
The PGCE programme is taught in partnership with secondary schools/colleges. It will prepare you for entry to the teaching profession through developing your expertise in teaching pupils aged eleven to sixteen with post-sixteen enhancement.
You will work alongside experienced teachers, developing class management skills, observing pupils’ development, becoming familiar with the school's assessment of the curriculum and acquiring practical experience within the pupils’ learning environment.
Through lectures, seminars, practical workshops and directed study, you will develop the understanding and skills needed to plan, teach and assess.
The course gives high priority to developing your abilities of analysis, evaluation and autonomous learning and a placement in a contrasting school provides further opportunities to develop your understanding of the teacher's wider role.
The PGCE is awarded following satisfactory performance in relation to all the standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Evidence of success will be drawn from coursework, study tasks and teaching competence which is demonstrated on school experience.
In addition, our PGCE offers students the opportunity to gain up to 60 Master’s level credits, with potential progression to a Master's level degree programme.
During your time with us, you can expect to develop expert knowledge and skills enabling you to thrive in the teaching profession. Outcomes for students are outstanding and will enable you to make a positive difference to the lives of children and their families.
How school placements work
The PGCE Secondary course at the University of Gloucestershire provides trainee teachers with a breadth of school experience across three placements. There are a wide range of placements available which have been arranged with key considerations in mind: experience of different age-ranges and schools, accessibility and travel time and students' previous experience. The normal working week is approximately 35 hours and normal school hours apply when students are on placement (8am-5pm), with additional independent study.
During School Experience 1, trainees will work with small groups of students identified with the school to plan, teach and assess over time. Trainees will critically reflect on pupils' learning throughout this placement. During School Experiences 2 and 3, trainees will plan, teach and assess whole classes with increasing independence.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also 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
Our money advice team is here to help you talk through your options, whatever your situation. We can offer confidential advice and information on how to find work to support yourself and how to organise your budget.
We can also provide you with information regarding bursaries, loans and grants and explore what you’re entitled to.
An Honours degree at 2.2 or above (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualifications)
- Satisfactory completion of Declaration of Health
- Satisfactory completion of suitability form;
- Enhanced DBS clearance;
- Certificate of Good Conduct (where applicable)
About the training provider
At the University of Gloucestershire, practice in the School of Education and Humanities is based on a clearly defined set of values; the transformational potential of education, the centrality of social justice to our actions, the value of community and a belief that diversity enriches learning.
As educators we, like you, are interested both in the immediate impact our practice can have as well as the investment in the futures of our learners.
Based at the historic Francis Close Hall campus, just a few minutes’ walk from Cheltenham town centre, we have been making a significant contribution to education for over 150 years.
Leading the way in high quality research, teaching and professional education, we have earned an excellent reputation both in terms of student satisfaction and quality of course delivery.
If you engage with us as an aspiring teacher, you will become part of a close-knit community characterised by exceptional support, specialist subject expertise and a network of over 400 schools for first-rate placement opportunities.
We are committed to helping you take the next step in your education so that together we can make a difference in the lives of others.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The disability, dyslexia and learning support service offers confidential, one-to-one support to students with disabilities, learning difficulties and medical conditions.
We can help with:
- advisory visits to the university before you submit your application
- advice on diagnosing specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia
- support with applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
- advice on disability access
- awareness training
- liaison with academic staff and student services regarding support needs
The university’s halls of residence have accessible rooms on all campuses. These rooms tend to be larger than the other rooms in halls with more accessible bathroom facilities and flexible interiors to suit the level of need required.
The university’s inter-site bus and local Stagecoach buses provide low-level access to people with mobility difficulties. Some disabled students may also be entitled to an accessible parking permit. There are accessible parking bays on each campus.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Francis Close Hall, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4AZ
Support and advice
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