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 (with Covid-19 restrictions, these have been reduced to Friday only Face-to-face teaching sessions, with Saturday teaching being online). 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 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 individuals study in different ways, it is difficult to quantify the required number of hours of study per week but, on average, this might equate to approximately two days per week on the 18 month pathway. Most students on this programme opt for the 18 month route. Some do decide it will take a bit longer and opt for two years, but all students have the option to extend to the maximum period of three years, if desired.