You will be taught through a combination of online materials, face-to-face seminars, group and individual tutorials (these can be face-to-face or via Skype/Facetime/telephone/email) as well as receiving support in school whilst you are on placement.
The face-to-face seminars are held in Canterbury on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year. These offer the opportunity to network with your colleagues and have access to your tutors who are subject specialists. These days are fun, informative and designed to provide a theoretical underpinning to your learning. They also offer ideas and suggestions for activities to try out when on school placement and time to answer any queries or concerns you might have.
From the very start of the course you are allocated a personal tutor who will support you throughout your PGCE. They will provide you with pastoral, academic and school experience support. The development of this strong relationship is a key aspect of your time on the course.
You will also have other subject tutors who will offer guidance both for academic work and school placements. You are welcome to contact tutors and arrange tutorials (either face-to-face or virtual) whenever you feel it would be useful.
At the start of your course, you will choose the duration of your PGCE. You can choose between 12, 18, 24 or 36 months and follow either a 3-7 or 5-11 route. There is some flexibility in your choice of time scales and if you feel you want to choose a different duration, you may have the opportunity to do this subject to agreement of the programme director.
Feedback is provided online. Tutors are available to you if you need further guidance. As you will progress of the course at your rate, it is difficult to determine how many hours of study a week are required. An example of the hours of study required if you choose to complete the course in one year would be a minimum of three days of study a week. Most students complete the course within two years, but you have the option to use three years if you wish.