At the University of Birmingham we believe we should provide student teachers with the highest level of teacher training possible, and this is why we offer a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) rather than a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both qualifications lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but the PGDipEd also offers the equivalent of 120 credits at Master’s level (out of 180), which makes it a highly rewarding course by combining both theory and practice. Once student teachers have completed their PGDipEd they may return to study with us on a part-time basis to complete their Master’s in Teaching Studies.
The PGDipEd course lasts 36 weeks, of which 24 are spent on placement in partnership schools. There are five phases:
Preparation (university, some school-based activities including some primary teaching)
School Placement 1 (seven week placement in school with tutor visit and one day at the university)
Development (university, some school-based activities such as teaching on an intensive post-16 day, one week in your second school)
School Placement 2 (twelve week block placement with tutor visits and some university days);
Completion (two further weeks in your second school and two weeks at the university).
Teaching practice will take several forms: school placements and also team teaching while at the university. You will also get involved in small scale research projects for your assignments so that you can evaluate the theory in practice and integrate this learning into your own practice.
Our PGDipEd in Modern Languages is highly regarded locally and nationally. We have an excellent record of student teachers gaining jobs at the end of the course and many of them chose to stay in the region.
Our employment rate is very high, and a number of our student teachers go on to become heads of department, lead practitioners or mentors working in partnership with us.
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