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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 2017
Chemistry F1X1 Full time 1 year September 2017
Physics F3X1 Full time 1 year September 2017
Biology C1X1 Full time 1 year September 2017
French R1X1 Full time 1 year September 2017
German R2X1 Full time 1 year September 2017
Spanish R4X1 Full time 1 year September 2017
Citizenship with Social Science 2VZZ Full time 1 year September 2017

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 young people in the 11–16 age phase. You will also benefit from additional opportunities to develop your ability to teach at sixth-form level. 

You will focus on one of the following subject specialisms:

  • Mathematics
  • Modern languages (French, German or Spanish)
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
  • Citizenship with Social Science

In addition 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 need to pass NCTL's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy as a condition of entry to the course. Please consult the Get into Teaching website for more information.

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 in the 11–16 age phase. The course also allows you to develop a second teaching language and you will benefit from some post-16 input to further develop your teaching skills.

    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.
     
  • This course combines theory and practice of education to prepare you to teach all three sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) in the 11–16 phase and you will benefit from some post-16 input to further develop your teaching skills. The course aims to develop you as an effective teacher of science with high professional standards. During the course you will develop your knowledge of how pupils learn science, how to plan effective lessons and practicals; and how assessment can improve learning and teaching in science. You will develop as a reflective teacher who makes informed decisions about how to teach science.

    The PGCE course at Kingston University is organised in two strands: subject days and three blocks of school experience days. You will spend subject study days at Kingston developing your knowledge of learning and teaching science through research-led innovative practice that will model new approaches to learning and teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. The three blocks of school experience days will be spent in schools developing practical teaching skills with the support of trained science mentors and experienced teachers. These blocks of school experience days are spread through autumn, spring and summer terms.

    Following satisfactory completion of this course, you will finish with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education leading to Qualified Teacher Status and gain 60 credits of postgraduate study which is worth one third of a full masters degree. You will be supported at university by leading practitioners in science who are effective, research-engaged teachers.

    The course is led by Dr Tara Shirazi, Associate Professor in STEM education. She is a well-experienced science teacher, science teacher educator, science education researcher and author of journal articles and GCSE science textbooks.

    For more information about the science specialist pathway, please contact Dr Tara Shirazi at t.shirazi@sgul.kingston.ac.uk.

     
  • Kingston's Citizenship with Social Science PGCE is an exciting teacher training route for those who are passionate about developing actively engaged young citizens. You will be trained by leading practitioners in the area who will support your emergence as a highly effective, research-engaged teacher. The course is led by Amit Puni, a trained citizenship teacher who was until recently head of social sciences in a large, outstanding London secondary school.

    The course is designed to model dynamic, flexible and responsive teaching which you can use in your own practice. You will learn how to teach high-quality lessons and you'll also know how to form partnerships in learning with other sites of education including museums, parliaments and courts of law. You'll develop practical skills such as campaigning that form an important part of the subject. You will also develop a deeper understanding of key areas of subject knowledge in citizenship including democracy, the law and justice, human rights and diversity. The course will explore the curricular requirements associated with citizenship for 11–16 year olds as well as the key GCSE examinations.

    The course also includes an additional element of Social Science training, enabling you to receive support in teaching sociology, politics, psychology or philosophy in the 14–19 age group. This will benefit your employability in schools at the end of your training.

    For more information about the course, please contact Amit Puni (amit.puni@sgul.kingston.ac.uk).

     

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.

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