All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies.
All learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study will be informed by and inform practice.
The module work is accessed and submitted online, with tutor support when needed.
There are three school placements of six weeks, eight weeks and eight weeks. There is the possibility of gaining exemption from the second placement, if certain criteria are met, including evidence from previous teaching experience. Placement one and two may be undertaken part-time if necessary, doing a minimum of three days a week in school.
You are obliged to attend a minimum of 12 core teaching days at Canterbury. These cover the core and foundation subjects, are taught by subject specialists and are very highly evaluated.
Graduates of this course are able to enter the teaching profession with confidence. A student who recently completed the PGCE Modular course wrote:
Thank you for all your hard work in supporting me and in providing such a well-run, accessible and enjoyable course. There's no way I could have studied via the full-time route, and you have given me an opportunity to build a new career in something which I will (hopefully) love. It's both exciting and daunting at the same time!
Graduates may also go on to complete their Masters degree or enter into other education related professions. Many modular students go on to teach abroad in international settings.