About the course
Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary Education provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses.
The PGCE in Secondary Education is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained school.
If you have a passion for language and the exploration of ideas through all forms of written and verbal media and wish to communicate your enthusiasm with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively. The aim of the course is to develop reflective teachers who care about pupils’ language development and who understand how to ensure progression in pupils’ written, reading and oral skills so that they develop into skilled and critical readers, writers and speakers. You will be encouraged to develop effective and inspirational practical teaching skills underpinned by a sound grasp of theoretical concepts. As a trainee you will learn how to teach English Language and Literature to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements. You will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching English Language and Literature through a combination of university-led and school-led training.
Successful completion of the course will lead to recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), along with 60 credits at Master’s level.
Once your application has been received, your readiness to train to teach is individually assessed. If you meet the entry requirements, you will be offered an interview where you will be required to sit a subject-specific audit.
The audit has both verbal and written components and is designed to identify your strengths and areas for development. You will be sent information on how to prepare when you are notified of your interview.
The main purpose of the interview is to:
- give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitments to it
- explore your subject strengths and areas for development
- assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
- assess your readiness to train to teach
- assess knowledge and understanding of the range the National Curriculum for english in schools
- answer any of your questions about the course.
How school placements work
One of our strengths is that we have a vast network of high quality partnership schools in which to place you for the extended school placements. We ensure that you receive high quality school-based training by selecting schools with highly trained mentors and a proven track record of excellent trainee outcomes. We will also take other factors into consideration when placing you, such as your geographical location and transportation, to provide you with the best possible experience in a convenient and suitable setting.
The University-led elements of the course take place at our Walsall Campus. Our PGCE starts in early September and ends in June, and it is an intensive academic and professional training course that effectively prepares you for your first teaching post and beyond.
The course comprises of a two day professional placement in mixed subject groups, two extended school placements in your subject specialism and two periods of University-based teaching – September to October and January to February. The programme also includes a short Primary school placement and additional opportunities for a range of enhancements to your course; for example, experience of teaching pupils with special educational needs or teaching pupils for whom English is an additional language.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
- A standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics.
- A first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.
- To have taken and passed the professional skills tests prior to entry.
Please note we do not accept GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations and be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted
You will be required to provide evidence of your original qualifications.
You will possess a real interest for language and an ability to think creatively about presenting the subject to others. Trainee teachers will be expected to teach English topics such as: the study of novels, plays and poetry; study and teach texts from the English Literary Heritage as well as texts from twentieth/twenty-first centuries; learn how to manage group and class discussions; integrate drama and media into English teaching as well as study these topics in their own right. Above all, you will need a real commitment to the education of young people and an interest in their language development.
Once you have a Conditional Offer, you will need to complete a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.
About the training provider
‘ASPIRATION, ATTITUDE, ACHIEVEMENT’
The University of Wolverhampton is one of the West Midlands’ largest providers of teacher education, with many of our graduates going on to work within the conurbation. Our tutors are all experienced teachers who have worked with our partnership and family schools for many years.
We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training teachers of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory Education.
Access to high quality, bespoke subject knowledge enhancement courses.
Access to free Professional Skills Test Support.
High quality learning facilities, including well equipped teaching rooms, cutting edge learning spaces, lecture theatres and a social learning environment.
A clear progression to Master’s degree study, with opportunities to use PGCE credits to embark upon further study following successful completion of the course, including a fully tailored Newly Qualified Teacher module that can be completed during your induction year.
Access to leading research in the field of Education that enables trainees to develop as reflective practitioners.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We have a dedicated Student Support and Wellbeing department within the university offering support services in:
- Mental Health and Wellbeing: Staff are equipped in supporting students who have mental health needs, or students with an Autism Spectrum Condition. Often, these difficulties overlap and therefore we are here to support you with your overall wellbeing whilst at university.
- Disabilities and Specific Learning Difficulties: Including
Specific learning difficulties: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and
Mental Health conditions, Autism Spectrum Conditions including Asperger syndrome, Sensory disabilities including those affecting sight or hearing and Long term medical conditions
- Counselling: Help is offered in developing your strengths, making decisions and developing the skills and resources to cope. As counsellors, we help you to find the answers.
- Chaplaincy : Whether you are a person of faith, someone who is searching, someone with questions and doubts, or of no faith, you are welcome in our Chaplaincy building and to receive the support of the Chaplaincy team. We are a team of multi-faith Chaplains and between us we cover all of the University sites.
Find out more at www.wlv.ac.uk/ssw
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