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PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education
Teaching In Secondary Schools Secondary Schools (General) Teaching (General)
The PGCE Secondary is the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development, which will equip you to become a secondary school teacher. The PGCE Secondary is a course in Initial Teacher Training which is accredited by the Department for Education the successful completion of which will accord you with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our course has recently been inspected by Ofsted which resulted in an “Outstanding” grading for all aspects of our provision.
Students who have successfully completed the PGCE at Durham in the previous academic year have the option to use 90 credits they have accredited towards a part-time MA Education. These students only need to do the core modules, Education Enquiry, and the Dissertation over 2 years, to complete the course.
Each student teacher on the course specialises in one of the subjects listed on UCAS, please see below. Subject pedagogy is explored in curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment. Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum and Self Directed Study are studied at Masters Level. The Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum Module draws on the international research expertise within the School of Education enabling student teachers to engage critically in issues relevant to the classroom and school, particularly those that impact on the success of children as learners. The Self Directed Study module draws on students’ experience during weekly visits to schools and their own small-scale action research, and links this to critical engagement with published educational research.
Career opportunities in education are wide and include classroom teaching, educational leadership and management, administration and policy development.
For this course (per year)
For this course (per year)
Students must possess or expect to achieve a degree. The equivalent of a UK lower second class honours degree of which approximately 50% is comprised of science or a similar subject. If students degree is from an overseas institution they must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC. GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 4 (or C) or above (or equivalent) which must be achieved at the time of application. Applicants with non-standard qualifications, for example, access routes into higher education are welcome to apply We welcome applications from mature applicants pursuing a career change. Your professional and interpersonal qualities and your commitment to teaching will be considered when making an admissions decision. Candidates who meet the criteria, will be invited to a selection day. Selection days will involve individual interviews with a pre-prepared presentation element and tests to assess written English and other skills. Successful candidates will receive an offer conditional upon successful medical and criminal record checks. The latter is carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service and full instructions on how to apply for a DBS Disclosure will be provided.