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PGCE Secondary

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The PGCE Secondary programme is an innovative and intensive nine month course preparing graduates for the demands of teaching in the Secondary sector. You will be awarded a PGCE and recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, enabling you to teach in schools on completion of the course.

The course is organised in partnership with schools around Kent and Medway where you will spend 24 out of the 36 weeks teaching in two different schools.

Subjects you can train to teach in are: 

  • Art & Design
  • Computing
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Sciences
  • Social Sciences
The programme is for people who want to become qualified teachers.

The PGCE Secondary programme comprises of three modules:

  • Subject Pedagogy;
  • Professional Practice;
  • Research and Enquiry in Professional Educational Practice.

However the programme is designed to ensure learning in professional practice and the academic study are complementary, and so all modules are informed by and inform practice. PGCE student teachers will be placed in two schools for a mixture of blocked time and serial (e.g. one day a week) time adding up to meet the current Government requirement for a minimum 120 days in school.

Subject Pedagogy

This module involves work in studying key concepts that underpin the various curricula and syllabi for your subject. The sessions allow discussion of different pedagogies and allow reflection on differing school approaches to the subject.

Research and Enquiry in Professional Educational Practice

This module aims to inform you about aspects of professional practice which are central to your work, whatever your subject, including how do we learn, how do we include all children, how is teaching a professional activity, how can education be organised and how can learning be assessed.

The module also enables you to choose an area of personal interest to you to study this in more depth.

Professional Practice

This module contains the Teaching Practice element of the programme.  The module is spent in schools or colleges working alongside qualified teachers teaching your subject to pupils within the setting.

Upon successful completion of the programme students can teach in schools as qualified teachers.

Across the PGCE year there is an equivalent of 12 weeks of taught input which take place, in the main, at university on the Canterbury Campus.

The teaching on these days will be a mixture of seminar and workshop activity.

There will also be a small number of lecture inputs.

Across the PGCE year there is the equivalent of 24 weeks spent in school.

Student teachers will learn in a variety of ways in school, including from experienced mentors, through observing others and through experience. There is also a degree of individual support for learning offered in this programme provided by mentors in school and the university tutors.

Tutors and mentors who lead the learning on this programme are all qualified teachers.

Fees

2019/20 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £9,250 £12,430
Part-time N/A N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.  The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding year on year fee increases.  Students studying PGCE courses may be eligible to apply to Student Finance for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan. You can find out more on our fees and funding web pages.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

 

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.
Bursaries

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. For instance, if you teach secondary maths, you could get £30,000 – £20,000 tax-free bursary while you train and a further £10,000 after tax once in teaching.

You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are accepted on to a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria you will receive information on the bursary prior to your enrolment on the course.

Scholarships

If you have the potential to be an inspirational teacher and are passionate about your subject you could apply for a scholarship to support your training.

Scholarships of up to £28,000 are awarded to the most gifted trainees in a range of areas and in partnership with highly regarded professional subject associations.

Subject scholarships are available in:

  • Physics
  • Computing
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Secondary maths

View the Department of Education’s Get into Teaching pages to see details about the bursaries and scholarships available.

Loans and other funding

With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train.

Visit GOV.UK and use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, e.g. if you’re disabled or have children.

Students will be assessed in two main ways­ via academic assignments and assessment of their teaching.

Students will submit academic assignments for 20 credits at Master’s Level (Level 7) in each of the three modules. Each submission will include a written element, but students may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to their chosen subject options.

You can exit the PGCE courses with one of two awards. The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is awarded to those students who gain less than 40 Level 7 credits, but who pass all modules, gaining 60 or 40 Level 6 credits. If students achieve 40 or 60 Level 7 credits and pass all the modules, they will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.

We welcome candidates with experience in business and industry, particularly where this work has enhanced your knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject you wish to teach.

Offers of a place on the programme are conditional, subject to successful completion of the Occupational Health clearance, Discolsure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and completion of the Government Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy.

Applications can be made through UCAS Teacher Training for September 2019 from 9 October 2018.

“What I love most about the course is that what you learn during university sessions is linked to what you do on your school placements. Tutors use their own experiences, it isn’t just theory we are taught but we’re learning from their knowledge of being teachers. They have a lot of expertise and show their own love of teaching. 
Thiebault Pastor, PGCE Secondary (French with Spanish) 

“It’s an amazing university, it’s very friendly and you get loads of support. My lecturer is amazing and enthusiastic, and he really makes you think about how you can use what he says in school the next week.   

It's really nice to come together with the School Direct students we’re like a big languages family. It’s a real mixture of people and ages, and works really well as we’ve all experienced different things.” 
Helen Genders, PGCE Secondary (French with Spanish) 

“I chose Christ Church because I knew people that studied PGCEs here and all had good things to say about it. The application process was really good, Christ Church were really supportive throughout the whole interview process, and they really wanted me to do my best. 

 I’m really enjoying my first school placement and I‘d take a job there if I could, it’s a really good fit for me. I could see myself going abroad after teaching in the UK, the seven to 14 pathway will give me the flexibility to yo-yo between the two areas of education. More specifically, Curriculum Studies I know I will use for the rest of my career.” 
Hugh Scott, PGCE 7–14 Years 

“It is not just the support you get from the staff at Christ Church but also from your peers. Someone might have heard something in a school and it gets passed on, you can relate it to your own teaching and your own life. 

I really like the physical side of the Curriculum Studies sessions. With music, everyone is doing something, there isn’t a single lesson that doesn’t involve singing, dancing or playing. We take it in turns to run a half hour mini-lesson. We then take these activities into school and use them with the kids.”
Eleanor German, PGCE Secondary (Music)  

PGCE Physical Education with EBacc Subject:

Trainees are required to undertake additional training in an EBacc subject (English, English literature, Maths, History, Geography, Science or Languages) alongside their main specialism of PE, so that they are capable of teaching this priority area in school. PE with EBacc will require trainees to demonstrate the Teachers' Standards in PE only, whilst receiving training in an EBacc subject. Trainees who successfully complete their training will be awarded QTS in PE only and not the 'with' EBacc subject. 

 

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • W1X1 Art & Design
  • 2BSJ Computing
  • 2243 English
  • F8X1 Geography
  • V1X1 History
  • G1X1 Mathematics
  • R1X1 MFL (French)
  • RX11 MFL (French with German)
  • RXD1 MFL (French with Spanish)
  • RX21 MFL (German with French)
  • 2VSV MFL (German with Spanish)
  • R4X1 MFL (Spanish)
  • RX41 MFL (Spanish with French)
  • 2VTK MFL (Spanish with German)
  • W3X1 Music
  • C6XC Physical Education
  • 38XC Physical Education with EBacc subject
  • 2CQ9 Religious Education
  • CX11 Sciences (Biology)
  • F2X1 Sciences (Chemistry)
  • F3X2 Sciences (Physics)
  • 3F8K Social Sciences

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2019

Entry requirements

    • For all subject areas, a good honours degree (2:2 or above) in a subject related to the subject you wish to teach or, in some exceptional cases, an unrelated degree if you have extensive employment in industry in the relevant subject area;
    • English and maths at GCSE (grade C or above) or equivalent for Secondary;
    • Passes in the government's skills test in literacy and numeracy.
    You will need to be committed to becoming the best teacher you can be.

Location

School

Events

2 Feb

Postgraduate Routes into Teaching Open Day

Augustine House

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