Like a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) the Post-Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (PGDipEd) is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) however it has the advantage of offering the equivalent of 120 credits which may be used towards our MEd in Teaching Studies. Rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2013, this is a unique course which offers high quality training and support as well as excellent employment prospects.
All candidates have to:
have degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject. Please view specific subjects for precise details
have a GCSE in Maths and English at grade C or above or an equivalent qualification (on application). Alternatively, candidates for all courses might be advised to take an Equivalency Test
pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy;
provide a satisfactory medical form
complete an enhanced DBS/police check
complete a Declaration of Suitability to Teach
adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise
The Initial Teacher Education course
This 36-week programme is based in schools and on the University main campus, and includes the following areas of study:
Subject-based teaching methods
The award of the PGDipEd (QTS) is subject to completion of all areas of study, and to satisfactory assessment of professional studies via six modules, subject-based work and school practice. The course is designated 11–19 so you will work with pupils from Key Stages 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum and with those in the 16-plus age group; from the very able to those with learning difficulties, and in a variety of settings.
History/History and Citizenship
Modern Languages: French/German/Spanish
Physics with Mathematics
We also offer two Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses for those who do not meet subject entrance requirements:
The School of Education, also offers the School Direct route. To help you decide which route to take, we have put together a list of FAQ on the Initial Teacher Training page together with video content.
As a student teacher you will want to learn about and practise the teaching of your own subject. This programme offers you plenty of opportunity for this and also addresses other important issues such as classroom management, equal opportunities, special educational needs and pastoral care. We will help you acquire the knowledge and skills needed to meet the other varied demands that are part of life in school. You will also receive guidance on how to gain a teaching post - our student teachers employment rates are consistently excellent and well above the national average.
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