PGCE Course Overview

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Courses 2017/18

Primary

Secondary

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PGCE

About the PGCE Course

Our PGCE programmes with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) have been designed by experienced practitioners with support from Headteachers and outstanding subject practitioners.

The course awards up to 90 Masters Level Credits which can be used towards a Masters Degree.

PGCE programmes combine 'core training' sessions with classroom practice, all of which is based in schools across the West Midlands region. Core training sessions, often in the form of seminars and workshops, bring together associate teachers to reflect on their practice and share their experiences whilst receiving training from experienced colleagues.

Core training sessions are held at one of our Lead Schools:

  • Thomas Telford School is the Lead School for Secondary PGCE courses. It has excellent teaching facilities and Associate Teachers have access to ‘state-of-the-art’ equipment to ensure maximum opportunities to develop their subject skills.
  • Captain Webb Primary School in Telford and Oakmeadow Primary School in Shrewsbury are our Lead Schools for the Primary PGCE course.

 

Student teachers hone their classroom practice through a number of placements in Partner Schools. We ensure that students receive excellent support throughout the programme.

PGCE

Course Structure and Assessment

During the 37 week programme student teachers spend a minimum of 24 weeks honing their teaching skills in front of a class.  Associate teachers' skills are carefully developed and monitored by Mentors and Professional Tutors in each school.  Development is supported by dedicated West Midlands Consortium Course Leaders through visits, tutorials and a series of core training workshops activities.

Assessment of the programme is based on four written assignments carefully focused on key areas of teaching along with portfolios of evidence.  Written assignments encourage associate teachers to reflect on theory through their direct experiences in schools. The portfolios of evidence allow associate teachers’ skills and abilities used in the classroom to be evidenced.

 

 

Sample PGCE Calendar

The PGCE programme runs from the last week in August through to the end of the first week of July in the following year.

 

  Break / Guided Study   Tuition Sessions
  Placement at Secondary School A   Placement at Secondary School B

 

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Please note that this is a representative timetable intended to show the PGCE structure.