School Direct (Primary/Secondary) PGCE with QTS 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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Amy Bell, Secondary PGCE (School Direct)

I’d definitely recommend the University to anyone considering teaching as a career. I’ve already managed to secure a teaching post as a Teacher starting in September at North Huddersfield Trust School to start my NQT year.....

About the course

The University of Huddersfield is pleased to be the training provider for a number of our primary and secondary school partners who offer school-led training through School Direct. As a School Direct trainee you'll have the opportunity to work as part of the teaching team in the alliance of schools to which you've applied from day one. Your chosen alliance will be involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development throughout the programme. School Direct trainees also benefit from studying with other trainees at the University of Huddersfield on our university-led PGCE programmes. Both routes have the same entry requirements, lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and include 90 Masters level credits.

If you've got an undergraduate degree and are passionate about training to become a teacher, then studying our PGCE Primary or Secondary Education with QTS (School Direct) could be for you. Each course has been carefully negotiated with our school partners to enable trainees to benefit from the unique experiences available within their alliance.

A significant amount of your learning will take place within the alliance. You'll benefit from being able to learn from and observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.

Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching post (NQT year) within a primary or secondary school setting. Our courses are designed to prepare you to teach pupils in a specific age range, with opportunities to develop a comprehensive understanding of progression in the age phases before and after. Our School Direct Primary training will take place across the 3-7 and 5-11 age ranges and our School Direct Secondary training across the 11-16, 11-18 or 14-19 age ranges.

The following places are available with our partner Teaching Schools and alliances.

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Start date:
05 / 09 / 2017

Duration:

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

• An Honours degree (2:2 or above). For secondary, 50% of your degree should be in the subject you wish to teach.

• A GCSE grade C pass or equivalent in English and Mathematics. If you are applying for primary teaching, you must also have a science GCSE grade C or above.

• Evidence of experience working or supporting in schools.

• The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in standard English.

• You must have passed skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start your initial teacher training course. Please note that you must have registered for the tests before we offer you an interview.

• A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health check. There is a charge (currently £44). You don't need to do anything before you apply.

• A satisfactory interview.

• All conditions must be met by 31 August 2017 (please allow extra time for Skills Test retakes).

• These are the usual entry requirements; however if you have older or different qualifications don't be deterred from applying as we welcome people from different backgrounds.

• If you have a degree from overseas, we will need to see a full transcript of your award, together with details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution to enable us to check if it reaches the UK 2:2 degree classification level.

Contact:

Course Enquiries

Tel: +44 (0) 1484 478249
Email: sepd@hud.ac.uk
Facebook: eduhuduni
Twitter: @eduhuduni

Places available:

The number of places available can be found on the UCAS Teacher Training website.

(this number may be subject to change)

Location:
Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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Course content

The course is a one year Postgraduate Certificate in Education.The PGCE consists of 120 credits of which 90 are at Masters level.

You'll have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and the full breadth of the National Curriculum in Primary and of your specialist subject in Secondary. You'll develop your ability to teach in a way that inspires and engages children and young people through active engagement in their own learning. There is an emphasis on practical engagement with the curriculum whilst developing your understanding of the theoretical perspectives which underpin the best models of practice.

We'll help you to gain a deep understanding of issues related to inclusion as well as a critical understanding of educational policy. Other themes include: how young people learn, behaviour management, assessment, creative and innovative teaching methods and designing learning. You'll research theories of child development, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in primary or secondary education and develop your own educational philosophy.

Modules:

PGCE Primary Education with QTS (School Direct)

Core Curriculum Studies in Early Years and Primary Education

In this module you'll be introduced to the principles of planning, teaching and assessment in the core curriculum areas of English, Mathematics and Science. You'll learn about curriculum requirements and you'll have opportunities to observe teaching and learning in the core subjects and develop your practice in teaching of these subjects in school. For your assignment, you will audit your subject knowledge, set targets for personal development and show evidence of progress. You'll also develop a critical evaluation of the role of systematic synthetic phonics in the teaching of reading.

Inclusion, Equality and Diversity

This module seeks to introduce you to the barriers to inclusion and equality of opportunity that children and families may encounter and to the inclusive teaching and learning strategies informed by current research which are designed to overcome these. Working with your University tutor and subject/professional mentors during your school experience, you'll identify an appropriate case study for your assessment task which helps you to focus on one pertinent aspect of inclusion and demonstrate your impact on the learning and progress of a pupil or group of pupils through your developing inclusive practice.

The Wider Curriculum in Early years and Primary Education (School Direct)

In this module you'll be introduced to the wider curriculum in the primary school, including personal, social and emotional development. You'll learn how to plan lessons in the foundation subjects and you'll be introduced to the principles of effective teaching. Following a series of training sessions you'll be responsible for planning and teaching a series of lessons in school focusing on one or more foundation subjects. This will form the basis of the assessment task which requires you to write a critical report analysing the issues inherent in teaching of this subject in primary schools.

Developing Critical Professional Practice in Early Years and KS1 (School Direct)

This module seeks to develop your professional practice as a teacher and you'll undertake two sustained teaching placements in two schools, one in Early Years and one in KS1. You'll learn a range of teaching and learning strategies informed by current research and you'll gradually develop your independent practice through reflection, target setting and continual evaluation and refinement. You'll evaluate the impact of your teaching on pupils’ progress and engagement and demonstrate your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Assessment is typically through the presentation of a portfolio of evidence against the standards and a synoptic critical evaluation demonstrating the impact of your teaching on the learners’ progress over time.


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Developing Critical Professional Practice in Primary Education (School Direct)

This module seeks to develop your professional practice as a teacher and you'll undertake two sustained teaching placements in two schools, and in two age phases. You'll learn a range of teaching and learning strategies informed by current research and you'll gradually develop your independent practice through reflection, target setting and continual evaluation and refinement. You'll evaluate the impact of your teaching on pupils’ progress and engagement and demonstrate your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Assessment is typically through the presentation of a portfolio of evidence against the standards and a synoptic critical evaluation demonstrating the impact of your teaching on the learners’ progress over time.

PGCE Secondary Education with QTS (School Direct)

Curriculum Development

This module provides a structured opportunity for you to develop the ability to plan sequences of lessons which support pupils’ learning and progress in the context of a curriculum subject. It seeks to introduce you to the principles of curriculum design, medium and short term planning and how to monitor and evaluate the impact on pupils’ learning. You'll choose a focus for your assignment which develops an understanding of subject pedagogy in relation to a particular curriculum topic; the use of equipment or technology to enhance teaching and learning; or the use of a particular teaching and learning strategy related to current educational research. Assessment is typically via the development of a theoretically underpinned unit of work, lesson plans and resources for a sequence of lessons and critically evaluating the impact of the chosen strategies on pupils’ learning.

Inclusion, Equality and Diversity

This module seeks to introduce you to the barriers to inclusion and equality of opportunity that children and families may encounter and to the inclusive teaching and learning strategies informed by current research which are designed to overcome these. Working with your University tutor and subject/professional mentors during your school experience, you'll identify an appropriate case study for your assessment task which helps you to focus on one pertinent aspect of inclusion and demonstrate your impact on the learning and progress of a pupil or group of pupils through your developing inclusive practice.

Specialist Subject Development (School Direct)

This module seeks to examine the pedagogy and practice involved within the teaching of a specialist subject at two or more key stages within the 11-19 age range. The module addresses pedagogy and practice of teaching and learning informed by current research in your subject area and provides you with the opportunity to synthesise theory and practice during your teaching placement. You'll analyse policy and practice related to your subject within the secondary curriculum and be encouraged to further develop your subject knowledge, skills and understanding. Assessment is typically via the submission of a portfolio which may include a subject audit and development, a critical account of the places of your specialist subject in the curriculum and evidence demonstrating successful teaching in the specialist subject.

Developing Critical Professinal Practice in Seocnday Education (School Direct)

This module seeks to develop your professional practice as a teacher and you'll undertake two sustained teaching placements in two schools. You'll learn a range of teaching and learning strategies informed by current research and gradually develop your independent practice through reflection, target setting and continual evaluation and refinement. You'll evaluate the impact of your teaching on pupils’ progress and engagement and demonstrate your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Assessment is typically through the presentation of a portfolio of evidence against the standards and a synoptic critical evaluation demonstrating the impact of your teaching on the learners’ progress over time.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Placements

A key element of your studies and learning takes place during your formal teaching practice placements which will take place within the alliance of schools. You'll have the support of a class/ subject mentor who will support the development of your teaching practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials and in depth lesson evaluations, and a senior/professional mentor who will monitor and support your progress during the placement. Your university tutor will also visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of your School Direct PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching year (NQT year) within a primary or secondary school setting.

98% of our PGCE with QTS graduates went on to work and/or further study and 96% started graduate level employment within six months of graduating*.

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Professional links and accreditations

Upon successful completion of the programme we recommend Qualified Teaching Status be awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership .

Teaching and assessment

You'll learn in small, friendly and supportive groups, designed to give you the confidence to succeed.

Course tutors are very experienced and supportive and you'll have a personal tutor to support you through your studies. Teaching is through workshops, tutorials and lectures, some with guest speakers, and through group work with other teacher trainees both within the alliance and, when in University, with other alliances and our University led PGCE trainees.

Three of the PGCE modules are at Masters level and afterwards you will have the opportunity to continue your studies further to complete a Masters in Education, supporting your NQT year and your early professional development.

Assessment is typically through the completion of a range of classroom activities, written assignments, reports, personal subject audits and the development of portfolios of evidence.There are no formal examinations and the assignments are carefully designed to help you to develop your teaching practice further.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

  • permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

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Tuition fee and financial support

In 2017/18, the PGCE and PgDipE tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

Training bursaries

You can find more information about available training bursaries on the Department for Education's website.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Other information

Study Fairs For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at one of our Postgraduate Study Fairs

Further study

During the PGCE programme you will complete 90 credits at masters level and there are opportunities to continue your masters level study onto our MA Education programme. Our Early Professional Development for Newly Qualified Teachers module is designed to support your developing practice in your first year of teaching.

International

If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen and want to apply to join us.

Application are made via UCAS Teacher Training

International applicants should also follow this process.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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