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PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education
Business Studies Teaching / Training Social Economics Teaching In Secondary Schools Secondary Schools (General)
Set children up for success with key skills they’ll use throughout their education and professional life. At Staffordshire University, we’ll guide you through your first experiences teaching economics and business, help you plan lessons and understand how young people learn.
From entrepreneurship to international trade, studying business and economics gives young people an insight into the way the world works.
We’ve designed this course to help you understand how to support KS3, KS4, and KS5 students. You’ll develop the skills you need to make sure your class enjoy learning.
Throughout your training, you’ll get hands-on experience on placement. We’ll also schedule sessions on campus to help you learn how to assess students and plan lessons.
From getting the most out of your induction, to tips on teaching your first lesson, your personal tutor will be there to support you on every step of your PGCE journey.
On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PGCE Secondary Economics and Business Education.
At Staffordshire University, we have close links with partner schools across the region.
We’ll always aim to arrange placements within 40 minutes of where you live.
We have partnership schools in Stoke, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, West Midlands and Birmingham.
When you’re not on placement, we’ll help you reflect on your experiences, exchange ideas and overcome challenges. You’ll also:
Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.
Assessment for your PGCE involves portfolio work, assignments, and observed classroom practice. We’ll often ask you to reflect on approaches you’ve used in the classroom and their effectiveness.
You’ll also be regularly observed by your school-based mentor and university tutor. Working with your placement schools, we’ll identify areas of professional practice that you find challenging.
With a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you’ll be ready to teach business and economics in schools across England.
Most of our graduates secure their first teaching position while on the PGCE, with many of them securing roles within our partnership schools.
After you’ve completed this course, you can join our Masters in Education. Your PGCE gives you Masters credits which means you’ll be fast tracked and can complete this course by the end of your second year of teaching.
For this course (overall cost)
For this course (overall cost)
For this course, you need a degree in Business, Economics or a related subject and a GCSE grade C/4 or above in both English Language and Mathematics. We also expect you to be confident in technology and ideally have already gained some experience working with or observing secondary age students in a school setting. After you apply, we’ll arrange a selection interview. During the interview process we will assess your subject knowledge and personal qualities, such as communication skills, resilience for teaching, and how easy you’ll find it to relate to secondary age students. If you accept a formal offer, you’ll need to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and you’ll need clearance to work with children (Enhanced DBS).
Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with leading industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. With a history dating back to the early part of the 20th century, Staffordshire University gained its university status in...more