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

Summary 2014/15

  • 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.

"Edge Hill University provides its trainees, regardless of their chosen age range, with outstanding training": Grade 1 'outstanding' results across all 33 inspected outcomes - Ofsted Initial Teacher Education inspection report, 12/5/2011.

* Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

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. 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.

The programme equips 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. Business Education gained the highest possible grades in the last OFSTED inspection.

Location: Edge Hill University
UCAS: N1X1
Course Type: Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Attendance & Study Mode:
1 year: Full Time
Start Date: September 2014

2014/15 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.

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


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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.

"Edge Hill University provides its trainees, regardless of their chosen age range, with outstanding training": Grade 1 'outstanding' results across all 33 inspected outcomes - Ofsted Initial Teacher Education inspection report, 12/5/2011.

* Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

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. 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.

The programme equips 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. Business Education gained the highest possible grades in the last OFSTED inspection.

Location: Edge Hill University
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.

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


Browse Course Information


Student Profiles

Watch Video

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Details

Who is this course for?

If you have a degree in or one which incorporates Business, want to develop the business knowledge and skills of secondary school pupils aged 14 to 19, and wish to learn the latest professional methods to make you a confident and capable teacher, this programme is for you.

Take our flexible programme if you:

  • Already have the required knowledge and experience to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) standards, and simply require a recommendation for QTS (Pathway A).
  • Currently work, unqualified, in a school setting and require the formal PGCE qualification and recommendation for QTS (Pathway B).
  • Need the full training programme, but can’t attend the one-year, full-time programme (Pathway C).

You can find out more about flexible PGCE study at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgraduate/flexiblepgce.

What will I gain from this programme?

You will experience professional training, delivered to the highest standards and incorporating the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies, to help you take up your first teaching post with confidence.

How we will support you

You will receive comprehensive, individually tailored support from your subject tutor at Edge Hill, and from two mentors on placement: a professional mentor, who oversees all trainees, and a curriculum mentor, who will provide specific support in your subject area.

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 also aims to develop a reflective and a critically analytical approach to education.

Placement

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.

You will work with students from various areas, backgrounds and abilities, providing you with excellent experience in classroom management and the ability to teach individuals and groups at a range of levels.

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.

A Great Study Environment

Based in 160 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the Edge Hill University campus is a unique and inspirational place to study. Industry standard resources and cutting edge technology combine to make an interactive and highly advanced teaching and learning environment.

Everything you could want is on one site with fantastic modern spaces in which you can study and socialise and 60 acres of sport and leisure facilities. There is also a University library, providing you with access to thousands of books, journals, online resources and extensive PC and media provision.

You will get all the support you need to succeed, reflected in Edge Hill University being ranked:

  • Top in the North West for graduate employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2013;
  • Top in the North West for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2013 and Sunday Times University Guide 2014.

Fees and Finance

Academic Year 2014/15

If you are a prospective UK or EU student joining a PGCE at Edge Hill University on a full-time basis in academic year 2014/15, the standard tuition fee is £9,000.

Subject to eligibility, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees which you will not start to repay until the April after you have finished the PGCE and are earning at least £21,000 per annum. If you leave the course early, you will still have to repay your student loans.

Eligible full-time UK students can also apply for a Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant, subject to household income, and a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. Additional grants may be available depending on your individual circumstances.

Edge Hill University also offers prospective full-time PGCE students the opportunity to apply for an Entrance Scholarship worth £1,000. Entrance Scholarships reward determination, commitment and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance or volunteering.

If you excel in sport, you can apply for a Sports Scholarship worth up to £1,000. Sports Scholarships celebrate talent, achievement and dedication in sport and are designed to enhance your sporting performance.

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

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to UK and eligible EU students joining a PGCE on a full-time basis in academic year 2014/15, together with details of how to apply for funding, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/pgcefinance2014.

Please note, the above information is for UK and eligible EU students only.

Academic Year 2015/16

If you are a prospective UK or EU student joining a PGCE at Edge Hill University on a full-time basis in academic year 2015/16, the standard tuition fee is £9,000.

Subject to eligibility, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees which you will not start to repay until the April after you have finished the PGCE and are earning at least £21,000 per annum. If you leave the course early, you will still have to repay your student loans.

Eligible full-time UK students can also apply for a Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant, subject to household income, and a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. Additional grants may be available depending on your individual circumstances.

Edge Hill University also offers prospective full-time PGCE students the opportunity to apply for scholarships which reward:

  • Determination, commitment and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance or volunteering;
  • Talent, commitment and dedication in sport.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to UK and eligible EU students joining this PGCE on a full-time basis in academic year 2015/16, together with details of how to apply for funding, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/pgcefinance2015.

Please note, the above information is for UK and eligible EU students only.

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.

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 the Course Information, Advice and Guidance Team 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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