Ofsted judged the PGCE course to be outstanding in 2014.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach in secondary schools (age 11-18). It closely follows the Department of Education requirements for initial teacher training. You are expected to evaluate your experience in light of these requirements and participate in activities throughout the course to develop new skills and understanding.
Your time in schools will include placements in two different schools:
- an autumn term placement where you will begin to teach your subject and, also, develop an understanding of all aspects of a school through a variety of tasks and observations
- a nineteen week placement, running over the spring and summer terms, during which you will teach across the secondary key stages
As part of the second placement, you will undertake a ‘school-based inquiry’ which is an opportunity to collaboratively inquire into a whole school issue, whilst reflecting upon and developing your skills and considering ways of promoting your own professional development.
At the University you will attend lectures and seminars addressing:
- specifics of teaching your chosen subject
- whole school issues as part of the 'schools and society' programme including: the physical, social and emotional development of pupils, pupil behaviour, social issues in education, professional conduct and continuing development as a teacher, current development in policy and curriculum
Our style of teaching at the university is based on interactive learning and we endeavour to model approaches and practices that you can transfer to your own classroom practice.
You are supported throughout the year by mentors in school and University tutors. The school and University elements are closely related and provide an excellent opportunity to learn to teach in a tightly structured, research informed environment.
This PGCE course awards the prestigious University of Nottingham PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status and up to 60 Masters credits (towards an MA Education).
Modern Languages PGCE
The modern languages PGCE course reflects current developments within the context of the introduction of a new National Curriculum, the introduction of languages in primary schools, GCSE and post-16 pathways and the world of industry, work and leisure.
It aims to support trainees to become inspirational teachers of languages who are able to support language learners to develop the linguistic skills and intercultural competence necessary to operate effectively as 21st century global citizens.
Five themes permeate the course, which embody developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning Modern Languages in schools for the future:
- content of ML learning and teaching
- communication in ML learning and teaching
- cognition and thinking skills through ML
- cultures for ML learning and teaching
- contexts for learning from classrooms to global communities
You are expected to offer two languages as this increases employability in the job market. If you have one language, you are encouraged and supported in developing a second one.
Your team of tutors works very closely together with partnership schools to offer you courses that are relevant to the changing demands of languages teaching and to support you throughout the different stages of the year.
Please visit the course website for further information.