What we offer
This PGCE course is for graduates intending to qualify as secondary school teachers. A combination of extensive school partnerships, strong pastoral support and a close-knit student community means that you will receive an excellent experience. We will give the chance to specialise in one of the following specific subjects:
We also offer the Mathematics Enhancement course as a route into Mathematics teaching.
Your university based studies will be set around tutor-led sessions in small groups, learning rounds in partner schools, student-led seminars and workshops, tutorials, individual work on directed tasks, and plenty of online interaction to share teaching ideas, research into children's learning and course guidance. We have a small number of lectures as part of the Professional Studies module, where we invite national experts and colleagues from our partnership schools to outline significant ideas which we then discuss in small groups.
You will also spend sustained periods of time in two contrasting schools. During these placements you will progress from participant observer to lead teacher. You will be supported in school by a trained mentor, who will collaborate closely with Roehampton tutors in monitoring your practice and provide you with day-to-day feedback on your developing skills.
The school placements provide experience in:
- Understanding the secondary curriculum in your chosen subject
- Understanding how to plan for learning
- Establishing an organised approach to teaching
- Establishing professional working relationships.
The whole course is underpinned by the Professional Studies module, designed and delivered by the whole partnership in school hubs and at Roehampton.
The course starts in early September with completion in the following July.
Applications for PGCE programmes are handled by UCAS Teacher Training. Due to high demand for these courses, it is recommended that applications are made as early as possible. All applicants must have spent some time observing lessons in a UK secondary school prior to submitting the application.
Applicants will need to have completed a skills test or at the very least be enrolled in one at the time of application.
The University of Roehampton is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, students and trainees to share this commitment. Enhanced DBS checks will be required for all teacher training courses.
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Bursaries and funding
The Government offers bursaries and scholarships of up to £25,000 tax free, while you study. For more information or to apply visit the Get Into Teaching website.
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