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PGCE Secondary Business Education (Age Phase 14-19) with QTS*

Summary 2015/16

  • Study with the largest provider of high quality secondary teacher training in the UK;
  • Discover quality teaching and learning opportunities on a popular programme officially recognised as one of the best in the country, offering excellent career prospects in both schools and the FE sector;
  • Individually-tailored support.

* Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status and enables you to gain 120 Level 7 / Masters Level credits (equivalent to 120 ECTS credits for Republic of Ireland students).

This PGCE will equip you with the range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of Business related subjects, including Economics. You will experience professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, which immerses you in the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies.

The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies, hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to further your own subject knowledge. It will equip you to teach across the 14-19 age range, covering vocational programmes such as BTEC Business as well as traditional GCSE, AS and A2 courses.

If you have a degree in or one which incorporates Business and want to develop the business knowledge and skills of secondary school pupils aged 14 to 19, this is the programme for you.

Location: Edge Hill University
This programme is also available through School Direct as a one-year full-time option. Read more about School Direct and the application process at www.edgehill.ac.uk/schooldirect.
UCAS: N1X1
Course Type: Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Attendance & Study Mode:
1 year: Full Time
Start Date: September 2015

2015/16 Entry Requirements

To join this programme you should have: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification); A first degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification; A degree classification at 2:2 or above; Satisfactory levels of competence in Information and Communications Technology; A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways - time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience.

Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in mathematics or English.

You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education's standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

How do I apply?

Apply online through UCAS Teacher Training at www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training from Tuesday 28th October 2014. Please note, this date may be subject to change by UCAS Teacher Training.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucasteachertraining to find out more about the application process.


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What will I study?

You will start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit. This will identify your main strengths and weaknesses and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs. During 12 weeks of study on campus, you will develop:

  • Knowledge of essential educational theory;
  • Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, managing both individual students and larger groups;
  • Strategies to encourage students’ practical skills development, including organising outside fieldwork in the business environment and researching using the internet;
  • Ability to plan lessons effectively;
  • Excellent working knowledge of the latest ICT tools and software used in schools;
  • Enhanced subject knowledge and professional and academic skills;
  • Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through study of professional values.

How will I study?

A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme aims to develop a reflective and a critically analytical approach to education.

You will spend 26 weeks on placement in schools and colleges, putting your training into practice through assisting in and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. The programme also utilises FE and sixth form colleges for placements, although these can not be guaranteed for every trainee. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.

Placement

Who will be teaching me?

Friendly, supportive tutors, with many years of experience both in schools and the FE sector, based in one of the top departments at the forefront of Business Education teacher training in England and Wales.

How will I be assessed?

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Level 7 and the QTS Standards. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other areas of Business Education.

Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

What are my career prospects?

Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain QTS and progress onto employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at secondary school level in Business Education. A number of trainees have also found employment in FE and sixth form colleges.

Our proactive careers advisory service can help you to find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.

You will discover excellent career prospects in this exciting and innovative subject area. Teaching is a rewarding job and there are many ways in which you could progress in your career, either in the classroom or in a leadership role. For more information, see www.education.gov.uk.

Further study at Edge Hill University

As a teacher, you will be keen to build your skills as your career progresses. Edge Hill is the largest provider of Professional Development for teachers in the country. You could gain further qualifications through your work in schools and colleges, or through further in-depth study, such as the MA Education.

During your PGCE programme, we will carefully prepare you for your NQT year by helping to identify your continuing training needs. Edge Hill's Professional Development team will continue to support you through your NQT year and be available throughout your teaching career.

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A Great Study Environment

The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for more than 125 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country's leading providers of education, training and research for the children's workforce.

Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of Education's facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology.

The faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000 schools and colleges, local authorities and professional associations.

Fees and Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this PGCE are £9,000 for UK and EU students and £12,000 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2015/16.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2015/16, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/pgcefinance2015.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE students. These scholarships aren't linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Not got the entry requirements?

If you would like pre-entry advice and guidance about your qualifications, please email study@edgehill.ac.uk or call 01695 657000.

If you do not have the relevant GCSEs required for this programme, Edge Hill University offers equivalency tests in English, Mathematics and Science. You must have the required GCSE or equivalent before you can start the PGCE.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual's professional and employment experience (also referred to as 'experiential learning').

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Where can I find out more?

If you would like to receive a copy of our prospectus or be kept updated about forthcoming events, contact Course Enquiries by emailing study@edgehill.ac.uk or calling 01695 657000.

If you want to attend one of our open events held throughout the year, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradopendays to book your place.

You will also find Edge Hill University staff at many postgraduate study fairs taking place across the UK and Ireland.

Still want more?

If you have any questions you would like to ask the programme leader about this course, please contact:

  • Helena Knapton, Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP
  • Tel: 01695 650873
  • Email: knaptonp@edgehill.ac.uk

Overseas students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk for further information.


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Modules

SBE4010 Developing Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy in Business Education (30 credits) prepares you to become an outstanding teacher with the desire and capability to continually improve your subject knowledge and pedagogy in order to enhance the learning of pupils throughout your future teaching career. The module has a joint academic and professional focus and is centred on strands such as enhancing your subject knowledge, developing curriculum knowledge, examining subject pedagogy and its application to practice, linking your training to school improvement via dissemination in placement settings, and critically reflecting on practice.

SBE4011 Planning for Effective Teaching and Learning in Business Education (30 credits) enables you to consider effective teaching in business education through the discussion and evaluation of alternative approaches. In addition, the module will analyse the role of business education in the curriculum and examine how it contributes to a range of whole-school issues. There will be a clear focus on the planning, teaching and assessment cycle, which lies at the heart of the most effective professional practice, and on evaluation and review, which lies at the heart of ongoing professional development.

SBE4012 Research and Practice in Business Education (30 credits) provides an opportunity to individualise and extend your learning through engagement with areas of particular interest, expertise and/or identified areas for development within business education. The module will enable you to engage in relevant classroom-based research in order to make informed judgements and decisions which impact on teaching and learning. These research outcomes will not only improve your individual practice but will also benefit the educational settings in which the research is conducted. The module presents the scope for this research to take place in a variety of educational settings and to reflect current and emerging educational policies and initiatives.

SRP4001 Reflective Professional Practice (30 credits) clearly links reflective based practice with theory to engage you with the main areas of debate within the evolving policies and practices of the educational world and enable you to apply what you learn from this to your practice. The aim is for you to become a reflective practitioner in line with the Teachers' Standards (2012). The module will encourage you to apply and develop your understanding of the links between professional development and theory whilst also consolidating within you the holistic professionalism of a training teacher.

SRP4002 Professional Practice 1 (30 credits) is a school-based module which introduces you to practical aspects of the role of a teacher. The focus initially is on observation and supporting teaching and learning as you engage in teaching commitments in line with your individual training needs. You will progress to undertake approximately 50% of a full teaching timetable and develop responsibilities for planning, teaching and assessing learners. Regular self-target setting and reflection, supported by practice-based mentors, are key features of the module.

SRP4003 Professional Practice 2 (30 credits) provides a final phase to your professional practice in a different educational setting to that of your previous placement. The module takes place in a school which will provide the necessary progression and consolidation of your skills as you undertake approximately 70% of a full teaching timetable. The aim is for you to become autonomous in your needs and targets, ready to graduate as a Newly Qualified Teacher.


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St Helens Road
Ormskirk
Lancashire
L39 4QP
United Kingdom
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