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Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE

Pathway UCAS code Mode Duration Start date
Biology C1X1 Full time 1 year September 2018
Chemistry F1X1 Full time 1 year September 2018
Citizenship with Social Science 2VZZ Full time 1 year September 2018
English 37ZX Full time 1 year September 2018
Mathematics G1X1 Full time 1 year September 2018
Physics F3X1 Full time 1 year September 2018

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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
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
  • Citizenship with Social Science
  • English

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.

This course will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence informed teacher. At the heart of our course is a commitment to personalising your journey to Qualified Teacher Status. We'll help you to grow in confidence and competence by providing you with outstanding support as you train. We have high student satisfaction rates, as evidenced in the Guardian University League table for Education.

You'll find a supportive learning environment at the University and in our partnership schools. This will help you develop a deep understanding of the secondary curriculum, including your own specialist subject and acquire a range of teaching methods, based upon the latest research in education. We model good teaching as we train you, so you can transfer what you've experienced into your own practice.

You'll also benefit from a course that supports you in becoming a research-engaged teacher, who can use evidence to drive improvements in young people's learning and well being. Your PGCE modules form part of our Master of Research in Education, which you can continue with beyond your PGCE year.

You will benefit from two contrasting placements in our committed partnership of schools. You will spend two-thirds of your course in both placements.

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.  

Placements

Students spend the majority of the course in school (120 days). The first placement builds confidence in teaching and planning lessons. The second placement develops understanding and practice in assessing pupils work and the final placement consolidates knowledge, skills and understanding of pedagogy and aims to make students increasingly independent and ready for their year as a Newly Qualified Teacher. We have a range of partner schools in and around our area who provide excellent opportunities for placements.

PGCE academic modules

  • You will complete one assignment in each of the level 7 modules. These assignments are designed to deepen your understanding of teaching through engaging with evidence in the context of your own practice.

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.

Modules

  • This module focuses on developing your ability to teach, assess and undertake your professional responsibilities in your chosen phase of education. It is part based at the University, where lectures, seminars and online learning will provide you with research, theory and practice based insights into effective learning and teaching. It is largely based upon your practice in school and settings, where you receive formal training, experience of working alongside professionals, experience of being the lead practitioner in a classroom/setting and experience of the wider aspects of being a teacher.

    Successful completion of this module, in combination with the academic level 7 modules will enable a recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status.

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  • This module introduces you to reflective practice and the value and purpose of reflection for teachers. This will enable you to develop an understanding of how to identify issues and develop solutions in professional settings and schools.

    You will critically explore how children develop physically, socially and as learners. You will critically analyse the language and communication skills and understanding required to operate as an effective teacher.

    Through completion of a reflective journal during the module you will develop critical, reflective practitioner skills to inform peer and colleague discussion within a learning community to challenge and develop your teaching.

     

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  • This module enables you to locate yourself as an emerging professional within wider discourses about teaching as a profession. It allows you to evaluate your own identity as a professional and reflect on the values that you and the wider profession hold. You will critically analyse discussions and debates which affect classroom practice. These debates will focus on specific areas to exemplify wider issues in education. The focus of these discussions will be on inclusive teaching and learning and the legislative frameworks which provide codes of practice. 

    A key focus of the module is to develop your ability to make sense of education research and to apply this in the context of your school or setting.

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Specialist pathways

  • Kingston's Mathematics PGCE is an exciting teacher training route for those who are passionate about developing pupils' enthusiasm and understanding of Mathematics. 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 designed to model dynamic, flexible and responsive teaching which you can use in your own practice. You will learn how to teach high-quality, creative lessons. You'll develop practical skills that form an important part of teaching the subject. You will also develop a deeper understanding of key areas of subject knowledge in Mathematics. The course will explore the curricular requirements associated with Mathematics for 11-16 year olds as well as the key GCSE examinations.

    The course is led by Bud Abeysekera who can be contacted at b.abeysekera@kingston.ac.uk

     
  • This course combines theory and practice of education to prepare you to teach your specialist science pathway (biology, chemistry and physics) in the 11–16 phase as well as being able to teach across all science subjects.. 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.

    You will develop 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 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).

     
  • Kingston's English PGCE is an exciting teacher training route for those who are passionate about developing pupils' enthusiasm and understanding of English. 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 designed to model dynamic, flexible and responsive teaching which you can use in your own practice. You will learn how to teach high-quality, creative lessons. You'll develop practical skills that form an important part of the subject. You will also develop a deeper understanding of key areas of subject knowledge in English. The course will explore the curricular requirements associated with English for 11-16 year olds as well as the key GCSE examinations.

     

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.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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