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The PGCE Top Up has been carefully designed to meet your needs as a teacher and classroom practitioner. You will already have QTS and will be looking to develop further your professional career.
This course will develop your skills and knowledge, support your progress towards leadership and provide a foundation for further study. You will reflect on your role as a teacher and critically examine how education and teaching policy and practice affect your classroom experience and practice. The course consists of two masters-level modules which combine private study, face-to-face and 'live' online learning.
You will develop your critical evaluation skills and explore current issues in teaching and learning.
The following pathways are available:
The top-up course consists of two masters-level modules where you will learn about education policy and practice, and how these impact on your classroom or setting experience. You will develop your critical evaluation skills and explore current issues in teaching and learning.
The two modules are each worth 30 masters-level credits and combine interactive, face-to-face learning, live online learning, and private study. The interactive learning will include taught sessions with discussions and activities and is planned to fit around your work commitments.
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.
This module introduces you to theories of reflective practice and the value and purpose of reflection for teachers. This will enable you to develop in-depth understanding of how you reflect in order to identify issues and develop solutions in your professional settings.
The main features of the module are critical explorations of factors that affect how children develop physically, socially and as learners. You will critically analyse issues relevant to your current practice, considering your own position as an effective teacher.
Through completion of a reflective journal during the module, you will develop critical, reflective and reflexive skills to inform peer and colleague discussion within a learning community. You will be encouraged and supported to challenge and develop your professional practice.
This module enables you to locate yourself as a professional within wider discourses about teaching as a profession. It engages you in evaluating your own identity as a professional and in reflecting on the values that you and the wider profession hold.
The module supports you engage critically in discussions and debates that consider factors affecting classroom practice. These debates focus on specific areas to exemplify wider issues in education and include inclusive teaching and learning issues and legislative frameworks that influence codes of practice.
You will read key papers related to the sessions and respond in online discussions to develop shared understandings. You will focus on an area of interest in your professional practice when writing the assignment, drawing on knowledge and understanding gained through the formative tasks.
Optional modules only run if there is enough demand. If we have an insufficient number of students interested in an optional module, that module will not be offered for this course.
Applicants for this course should have a first degree usually with a minimum 2.2 classification from a UK university or equivalent. It is expected that applicants will be working in a school or similar setting while enrolled on the course. If this will not be the case please contact us via email at the address below.
You must have QTS achieved through a BA, the GTP or a School Direct programme and have an assessed professional portfolio as part of this.
You must be able to provide:
You should be able to provide evidence of your QTS portfolio. If this is not available, you may be asked to attend an interview.
Please note, if you are considering working in a country other than England, please ensure that you are familiar with the local requirements for registering/working as a teacher.
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
If you require a Student Route visa reside in the UK you will not be able to enrol on a part-time programme at the University.
You will find more information on country specific entry requirements in the International section of our website.
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You will engage with teachers and staff through attendance at online and face-to-face teaching and learning days (six Saturdays from October to March) and through the University's virtual learning environment (VLE) which includes online tutorials that can be scheduled to fit around your work.
There are technology-enhanced learning opportunities for collaboration, networking and peer feedback, available via the VLE discussion forum.
When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.
As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services.
10% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and teaching activity.
Assessment typically comprises of essays, online discussions and reflective tasks.
The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows:
We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.
The tutors for your course have significant experience of teaching in schools. They continue to be actively involved in a range of education related activities, such as further study, research and direct work with schools and in educational settings.
Here you can find details about fees for this course, as well as any funding opportunities available to you. Please note that fees relate to the academic year in question and will increase in future years.
Visit our Fees and funding page to find out about the student funding options available to help you fund your postgraduate studies.
There is a wide range of facilities at our Kingston Hill campus, where this course is based.
Kingston Hill is a leafy, hillside campus situated about three miles away from Kingston town centre. It is a quiet, secure place to study with easy access to London, meaning it provides the best of all worlds for our students.
Find out more about the Kingston Hill campus in the virtual tour.
One of the highlights of the Kingston Hill campus is the modern library, called the Nightingale Centre after Florence Nightingale, who was a regular visitor to Kingston Hill.
The library provides a spacious and attractive place for students to meet and study and features a cafe, more PCs and zoned study areas. Long opening hours give you plenty of access to specialist education books, journals and online resources.
Find out more about the Nightingale Centre in the virtual tour.
There are many computers (PCs and Macs) available for you to use across the Kingston Hill campus when you need a place to study. Access to the wireless network across the campus means you can also work from your laptop or mobile device.
Using IT to support your studies is crucial. Kingston has an innovative virtual learning environment called Canvas. This allows you to access course materials and contact fellow students and staff while away from the campus.
This course has been designed to be a practical, work-based course for teaching and learning in schools which may lead to further career progression in leadership and management.
The award of a PGCE is recognised by school systems in the UK, and by many international education systems, as a necessary qualification for teaching in schools, subject to their own country's regulations.
Additionally the course prepares you to continue your study at masters level, with the benefit of having already gained 60 credits.
Many of our staff in the Department of Education are research active. This ensures they are in touch with the latest thinking and bring best practice to your studies.
Education research at Kingston includes:
The information on this page reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. To improve your student experience and the quality of your degree, we may review and change the material information of this course. Course changes explained.
Programme Specifications for the course are published ahead of each academic year.
Regulations governing this course can be found on our website.