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The award
PGCE

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 2000 per year

How you will study
full-time, mixed-mode

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About PGCE Secondary (School Direct Salaried) at Centre for Teacher Education, University of Warwick

Outstanding Training

Delivered by an Ofsted rated “Outstanding” provider of teacher training, this one year postgraduate course will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with full PGCE. We work closely with over 300 partnership schools to prepare you fully for the practical demands of teaching, including the teaching of all National Curriculum subjects. You'll be taught and supported by highly experienced teams who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

 

Specialist Subjects

Depending on your qualifications you can teach:

  • Arts and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Geography
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Media
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Physics with Maths
  • Religious Education
  • Social Sciences


Robust Course

There are three elements to the course which are designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills you will need to pursue a successful teaching career:

  • Subject Studies - looks at all aspects of how to teach your subject, including planning, teaching, assessment and class management.
  • Reflective Practice - focuses on working in classrooms and schools and on the broader context of teaching today.
  • Professional Practice - placements provide opportunities for observation, practice and investigation in a wide variety of our partnership schools.

Assessments are spread across the course and focus on practical, professional and academic competences. There is also a master's accredited Action Research Project (with two assignments) to be completed during the year.

 

Key aims

  • Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience in contrasting schools.
  • Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations.
  • Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society.
  • Create critical thinkers who are able to reflect on their professional practice.
  • Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources for your subject.
  • Leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your teaching career.
  • Learn to manage pupils' behaviour and maintain a purposeful learning environment.
  • Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources for your subject.

You can read more about the skills needed to teach Secondary here.

 

Stimulating University Sessions

Your teaching staff (Teaching Fellows) are vastly experienced teachers and educational leaders who have been selected to provide you with the highest quality training. We also work in collaboration with our partnership schools to bring in their school experts to help deliver training.

The university sessions are interactive, interesting and challenging. You will enjoy regular seminars, tutorials and workshops as well as more traditional lectures alongside trainees from all routes. Your academic work will be assessed using a variety of strategies including essays, subject knowledge audits, presentations and posters.

 

Inspiring Placements

Working in partnership with schools, we all make sure you have access to the very best, and most inspiring, practising teachers and mentors – participating in their seminars, observing them in the classroom, or being guided by them during your placements. This will be a minimum of 120 days.

This route offers trainees an extended Professional Practice placement in one main school (called a “Base School”), supplemented by an additional placement (half a term) in a contrasting school. This ensures a varied and balanced experience of teaching in different settings, whilst allowing the trainee to contribute significantly to the life of their “Base School”. If you choose to follow this route you may have to plan and assess classes independently.

 

Strong Support Structure

We ensure that you have access to the best possible support, advice and guidance, during your course. You will be supported by a range of University tutors, with responsibility for developing your subject knowledge and teaching development. Additionally you will also have two school mentors, who offer professional and personal support.

Read more about support at Warwick.

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Notes about fees for this course

PGCE Secondary (School Direct Salaried)

Trainees are employed by one of our Partnership Schools and earn a salary whilst working towards QTS. There are tuition fees towards the PGCE element of the qualification - fees £2000.

Entry requirements

See our Equivalent Qualifications page for details and contact information.

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