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School of Education

PGCE Secondary Partnership (with QTS)

The aim of the PGCE Secondary Partnership is to enable you to develop the range of skills required to become a qualified teacher of pupils aged between 11 and 16 (with post-16 enhancement).

More specifically, you will learn how to:

  • Cope effectively in the classroom by developing your classroom management and control skills.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the curriculum and pedagogy of specialist areas.
  • Establish an understanding of a range of whole school issues, the values and assumptions that underpin them and their application to school and classroom practice.
  • Develop an understanding of pupils in school, their similarities and differences, particularly in terms of their needs, their behaviour, their motivation and levels of attainment.

You will hone these skills by undertaking subject specialist study and work on cross-curricular, focusing on school and classroom-based issues. This study, supported by the school-based work, will provide you with an integrated programme of professional training.

In addition, the PGCE Secondary Partnership is the first year of the School of Education's MA Education. Successful completion of the PGCE will enable you to progress on to the part-time second year of this postgraduate degree, should you wish to do so.

While the central focus of secondary school teaching will be your chosen subject area, it is impossible to consider subject teaching outside of a complex social, psychological, political and economic context. For example, a linguist cannot set aside issues of testing and appraisal and a chemist cannot ignore the needs of the less able. These issues are a central challenge to all teachers and are best faced in integrated learning situations.

These subjects are explored in weekly lectures and subsequently discussed in subject-based seminars.