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Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE

Pathway UCAS code Mode Duration Start date
Mathematics G1X1 Full time 1 year September 2016
Chemistry F1X1 Full time 1 year September 2016
Physics F3X1 Full time 1 year September 2016
Biology C1X1 Full time 1 year September 2016
French R1X1 Full time 1 year September 2016
German R2X1 Full time 1 year September 2016
Spanish R4X1 Full time 1 year September 2016
Citizenship 2VZZ Full time 1 year September 2016

Choose Kingston's Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE

This intensive and well-supported year of training will prepare you to teach children at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and in the sixth form. You will focus on one of the following subject specialisms: mathematics; modern languages (French, German or Spanish); science (biology, chemistry or physics); or citizenship.

In addiotion to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in accordance with government standards, you will also receive the award of PGCE with 60 credits towards a masters degree.

Funding for this course

You may qualify for a bursary or scholarship, depending on your undergraduate degree qualification, teaching specialism and whether primary or secondary level. For more information visit the Get into Teaching website.

What will you study?

Twenty-four weeks of this 36-week practical programme are based in school. You will have assessed practice placements in at least two different schools, enabling you to experience varied types of school. Mentors within the schools, and your University tutors, will provide training, support and guidance during the placements. Your university studies will focus on the teaching of your specialist subject, together with professional skills (eg planning work for pupils, planning for good discipline and control), which will help you become an effective teacher.

Please be aware: applicants starting initial teacher training courses from September 2013 need to pass the tests before starting their course to ensure they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Find out about about how to register for the skills test.

Assessment

You will be assessed against the Teacher Standards during your school placements and complete four PGCE modules.  

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Specialist pathways

  • The mathematics specialist pathway has a very practical focus. It will enable you to teach:

    • mathematics up to Key Stage 3
    • mathematics to GCSE; and
    • some aspects of A-level mathematics.

    The course also aims to develop your professional skills to help you gain employment in a secondary school and continue with your professional development. It will provide you with a rigorous training in all aspects of being a secondary school teacher.

    Two-thirds of your time is spent working in schools. The year is divided into:

    • two weeks' school-based work at the start of the course;
    • a learning block where you spend three days per week at the University and two days per week in school looking at the teaching of your specialist subject. The main emphasis is on planning work for pupils, planning for good discipline/control and developing your skills as a teacher;
    • a six-week block spent full-time in the school; after which
    • the pattern is repeated at a second school.

    For more information, please see the Specialist pathways section.

     
  • The modern languages specialist pathway prepares you to teach French, German or Spanish at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and in the sixth form. The course also allows you to develop a second teaching language.

    We avoid a rigid syllabus so that we can respond to individual trainee and group needs. However, throughout the course we will:

    • provide lectures and handouts with examples of classroom activities in all three languages;
    • support your existing subject knowledge and offer opportunities to extend it;
    • encourage you to analyse your classroom experiences and relate theory to practice; and
    • help you build up collections of resources, forming a good foundation for your future professional work.

    Two-thirds of your time is spent working in schools. The year is divided into:

    • two weeks' school-based work at the start of the course;
    • a learning block where you spend three days per week at the University and two days per week in school looking at the teaching of your specialist subject. The main emphasis is on planning work for pupils, planning for good discipline/control and developing your skills as a teacher;
    • a six-week block spent full-time in the school; after which
    • the pattern is repeated at a second school.
     
  • The science specialist pathway has a very practical focus. It will enable you to teach:

    • all three sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) up to Key Stage 3;
    • your science specialist subject to GCSE; and
    • your specialist subject in the sixth form.

    The course also aims to develop your professional skills to help you gain employment in a secondary school and continue with your professional development. It will provide you with a rigorous training in all aspects of being a secondary school teacher.

    Two-thirds of your time is spent working in schools. The year is divided into:

    • two weeks' school-based work at the start of the course;
    • a learning block where you spend three days per week at the University and two days per week in school looking at the teaching of your specialist subject. The main emphasis is on planning work for pupils, planning for good discipline/control and developing your skills as a teacher;
    • a six-week block spent full-time in the school; after which
    • the pattern is repeated at a second school.
     
  • Kingston's Citizenship PGCE is designed to develop research-informed practitioners who have the knowledge, skills and passion to teach high quality citizenship lessons and create a culture of citizenship in their own schools. The course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the place of citizenship within the secondary curriculum enabling the provision of a rationale for its continued place in schools. It will ensure that you have a depth of understanding of the national curriculum and GCSE examination specifications and prepares you to teach at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and in the sixth form.

    • The course also aims to develop your professional skills to help you gain employment in a secondary school and continue with your professional development. It will provide you with a rigorous training in all aspects of being a secondary school teacher.

    Two-thirds of your time is spent working in schools. The year is divided into:

    • two weeks' school-based work at the start of the course;
    • a learning block where you spend three days per week at the University and two days per week in school looking at the teaching of your specialist subject. The main emphasis is on planning work for pupils, planning for good discipline/control and developing your skills as a teacher;
    • a six-week block spent full-time in the school; after which
    • the pattern is repeated at a second school.
     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

For further information:

School of Education
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5145
Email us

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For further information:

School of Education
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5145
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