What will I learn?

Introduction

The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a one academic year (36 week) course that trains graduates to be secondary school teachers of Business Studies.

The PGCE programme has been designed to train teachers to practice as a subject specialist teacher for the secondary age range (14-19). You are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) across this age range. You will also gain practical experience of the 16-19 age range during your placement.

The aim of this PGCE in Business Studies is to provide you with engaging and relevant professional training to enable your degree in Business related subjects to transform you into a capable and effective classroom practitioner. You will develop understanding of how students learn about Business and to be able to critically reflect upon their teaching to improve. The course prepares you to develop the necessary skills to teach Business Studies in schools and colleges at GCSE and A level. In addition, the course will cover vocational qualifications such as BTEC.

You will understand how Business Studies is taught in schools, how students learn and how they begin to make sense of the changing nature of the business world. There will also be the opportunity to consider how other areas including entrepreneurship, citizenship and ICT draw upon our Business Studies curriculum, affording opportunities to work alongside a range of colleagues in other subject areas.

You will work with young people, develop their expertise in their specialist subject area, share and discuss educational issues and study relevant educational research. The course is just the beginning of what we hope will be a process of continual professional development throughout a challenging and rewarding career.

Content

The PGCE programmes are part of the Department of Education and Childhood, within the Initial Teacher Education cluster.

The University of the West of England is committed to training the best teachers for the future, able to provide first-class educational experiences and make a significant difference to the life chances of all children. We will train you to do so in partnership with schools and settings across the region. All children deserve to learn well, with enthusiastic subject specialist teachers.

Teaching is a challenging, exciting and rewarding career with a high level of job satisfaction. It is a great privilege, as well as a great responsibility, to be able to influence and shape the progress of children and young people.

Our PGCE programmes are very popular and the standard of applicants is high.

As a trainee teacher, you will complete a minimum of 120 days in school on placement practice. This will take place in at least two contrasting schools, in blocks of no less than six weeks, during which time you will be expected to demonstrate effective progress in your own practice and have a positive impact on pupil progress over time.

Careers / Further study

PGCE programmes include 60 credits assessed at Masters level.

As a trainee teacher, you will be joining a modern and well-regarded programme to train to teach across the 14-19 age range and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Which department am I in?

Education and Childhood

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,500.00 (US$ 18,581) per year
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit): £1688.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Frenchay Campus

Coldharbour Lane,

Bristol,

South Gloucestershire,

BS16 1QY, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students will be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.7 out of 4 in a four year Bachelor’s degree. Students need to hold a overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.

For international students

Students should typically meet the following criteria: An undergraduate degree, or a recognised equivalent qualification, with at least 50% in a subject related to what you want to teach. This is typically 2:2 or higher but we will look at all applications against the demands of the course. GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Our PGCE courses include a high level of placement based learning and working with children. We would encourage all applicants to get as much relevant experience of working or volunteering with children to help prepare them for this crucial element of their course. IELTS Overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component. TOEFL Overall score of 90 or above, including a minimum of 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
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