‘Teachers trained by the university present as confident and effective practitioners, who are valued by their employing schools‘ (Ofsted 2015).
On this course you will spend two thirds of the year in partner schools and other educational settings gaining rich and varied experiences designed to support meeting the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Working with peers, tutors and school-based colleagues, you will develop your abilities to promote effective learning among 11-16 or 14-19 year olds. You will also have opportunities to gain experience of the key stages before and after the ones in which you will qualify.
You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £30,000 to support you while you train.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Courses
We also offer options for secondary applicants to refresh and boost their subject knowledge through SKE Courses. These are completed before starting your PGCE and are available in subjects with national demand. Currently, the subjects available are:
Our courses are 8 weeks long, and are delivered through a blended approach including online work and face to face weekends at BGU. They are fully funded and you will also receive a bursary of £1600 for the course. For more information about the SKE Programme, please click here.
If you are interested in other subject specialisms, please click here to see what we have to offer through our School Direct partnerships. All of our trainees, whether core, School Direct or School Direct Salaried undertake PGCE which is an academic award with Qualified Teacher Status.
|We currently offer:|
|Art and Design||2VQT|
|Mathematics part time||342C|
|MFL Spanish, German, French||2VQR|
|Science with Biology||CX11|
|Science with Biology part time||3435|
|Science with Chemistry||F2X1|
|Science with Chemistry part time||3436|
|Science with Physics||F3X2|
|Science with Physics part time||342D|
Award: Postgraduate and Professional graduate
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start Date: September
Typical Offer: 2:2 degree classification and 5 days experience
Institution Code: B38
UCAS Code: 2VQT, 32LC, 32LD, 32LH, 2GKK, 29TT, 2VQS, 32LK, G1X1, 342C, 2VQQ, 2VQP, 2VQN, 2VQR, W3X1, 32LN, 2GRF, CX11, F3X2, 2W6T, 3435, 342D, 2W6T, F2X1, 3436. 33NN, 357X
About PGCE (Secondary) at BGU
This course is demanding and stimulating. We aim for you to be prepared to take responsibility for your own learning, be open to creative and innovative ideas, and be competent, reflective practitioners both in your training year and beyond.
We offer training in the 11 to 16 and 14 to 19 age ranges in Art and Design, Business, Classics, Computer Science, Dance, Drama, Economics, English, Geography, Health and Social Care, History, Leisure and Tourism, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Psychology, Religious Education Social Sciences and Science with either Chemistry, Biology or Physics.
Success on the course means you will have completed a postgraduate (with 60 credits at Masters level) or professional graduate qualification, have met all the Qualified Teacher Status Standards and be ready to start the next year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.
During a recent Ofsted inspection in 2015, it was noted that key strengths of the course are:
– the “vision for continuous improvement”
– our “involvement in current educational research”
– our warm and caring ethos which “provides trainees with very high quality levels of pastoral care and support”.
What You Will Study
You will consider the broader aspects of teaching, contexts for learning, the latest government initiatives and contemporary issues in teaching, learning and assessment. You will also work alongside trainee teachers of other subjects to consider cross-curricular aspects of education. These topics will introduce you to your career in the teaching profession.
Throughout your year of study, you will explore all aspects of your subject. This includes those areas that are your strengths, as well as areas you may need to improve upon. You will study how pupils learn in your subject area, how you need to assess them and how to keep abreast of new developments within your subject. You will learn how to plan and deliver topics in ways that include all types of learners in meaningful ways.
Our ‘Diversity Week’ is an enrichment opportunity which will enable you to experience schools with a very different ethnic mix to those mostly found in Lincolnshire, in addition to a Social Services placement giving you an insight in to how the most vulnerable children in our society are helped. Workshops on numerous ‘Diversity’ topics are undertaken and the week ends with a reflective film-making task which allows trainees to explore their emotions and key learning moments from their experiences.
Assessment is through written assignments, school- and University-based tasks and observations of your teaching in your school environments. This course is all about taking the theory and putting it into practice.
For all PGCE Secondary specialisms you will normally need:
GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics at the time of application. Please see our list of accepted equivalents.
- a relevant honours degree at a 2:2 classification or above; please see below for the degree subject requirements for individual specialisms. (Where the degree result is to be awarded in the year of application, we will require a predicted degree classification as part of an academic reference provided on the application)
- Experience – please see below information below
- Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy
- Declaration of Health
- DBS (formerly the CRB) Enhanced Disclosure
When shortlisting for interview, we will consider the following aspects of your qualifications:
- GCSE grades (or equivalents) and relevance of subjects
- A Level grades (or equivalents) and relevance of subjects
- Degree Class and relevance of content
- Additional relevant qualificationsStudying Art and Design, Business, Classics, Computer Studies, Dance, Drama, Economics, English, Geography, Health and Social Care, History, Leisure and Tourism or Modern Foreign Languages
Modules in or closely related to the subject being applied for will need to form at least 50% of the degree content.
Mathematics should form at least 50% of your degree content; Statistics with substantial knowledge of other mainstream mathematical fields is also acceptable. A Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE) is available for successful candidates who need to top-up their subject knowledge. In these cases completion of the course would be a condition of entry.
Music, Performing Arts or Music Technology will need to form at least 50% of your degree content, or Expressive Arts with substantial and diverse Music content including practical skills or Music Technology.
Studying Religious Education
Theology, Biblical Studies, Christian Studies, Ethics or Religious Studies will need to form at least 50% of the degree content, or Social Sciences (e.g. Anthropology, Sociology, Criminology, Psychology or Classics) with substantial religious or ethical content.
Psychology, Sociology or Social Sciences (e.g. Anthropology or Criminology) will need to form at least 50% of the degree content.
Studying Science with Biology, Science with Chemistry or Science with Physics
Biology, Chemistry or Physics respectively will need to form at least 50% of the degree content. Biochemistry, Genetics, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Marine Studies, Forensic Science or Equine Science and other related subjects are also acceptable. Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses (SKE) in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are available for successful candidates who need to top-up their subject knowledge. In these cases completion of the course would be a condition of entry.
Experience in a relevant setting is important as it will help you to make sure that you are aware of the role of a teacher in the twenty-first century. The course is intensive and demanding and you need to be very sure that you understand and are suited to a career in the teaching profession. It is also important to obtain as we look for evidence of recent experience on your application form, and you will also need to talk about your recent experience in a relevant setting at interview, reflecting on what you have learned.
When shortlisting for interview, we will consider the following aspects of your experience:
- Days in school observing practice, recency and breadth
- Days of teaching
- Other relevant work experience
As a general rule, 5 days or more in a relevant setting would be a good starting point for you to get an interview for the Secondary PGCE.
School-based references are required as part of the application process, however, please be aware that we are not able to accept references from relations working in the same setting.
All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can start their course and this will be a condition of your offer.
The numeracy and literacy skills tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement and are taken online at any of approximately 150 test centres throughout the UK. If successful at the interview stage, this will form part of your conditions of offer. Please click here for further information.
Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) – formerly the CRB and Health
In addition you will be required to obtain a satisfactory Declaration of Health Form, or if required, a medical examination. In addition, all students will need to pay £57.20 for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). A successful Enhanced Disclosure is required before commencing the course.
If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.
Careers and Further Study
Graduates of this course will generally go to posts in teaching or in other educational settings. Many continue to work in our partner schools and often eventually become mentors to our trainee teachers. BGU can help with your continued professional development (CPD) through the Masters programme and other CPD support.
Fees, Funding, Scholarships and Bursaries
There are financial incentives for postgraduate non-salaried teacher training courses in 2017/18. For further information and clarification regarding eligibility please visit the Get into Teaching website.
A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sorting out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.
How to Apply
PGCE and School Direct applicants must apply online via UCAS Teacher Training using the relevant UCAS codes below. The application fee will be £24, to be sent along with the completed UCAS Teacher Training application form
Postgraduate and Professional Graduate Certificates in Education (PGCE) offer an integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching, combining academic study at masters level with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This is available for early years teaching, general primary teaching and for a range of primary and secondary subject specialisms.
The School Direct Training Programme is school-embedded Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in primary and secondary schools across England. All of BGU’s School Direct places will lead to both a full PGCE award and Qualified Teacher Status.
- Professional preparation
- Professional preparation
- Professional development
- Professional enhancement
- School experience 1
- School experience 2
- Assignment 1: Subject knowledge and pedagogy
- Assignment 2: Classroom Focussed Development
Che, PGCE Secondary (Religious Education) trainee
I chose to come to BGU as it’s the most respected PGCE in the East Midlands and still offers Religious Education, a subject which most other Universities seem to flinch from offering. I kept hearing good things about the PGCE at BGU and I have the impression that it is highly regarded.
Personally I think that education is the key to so many things, not least your ability to think for yourself and make your own choices in life. My degree took me into a career – my PGCE takes me into another career. Without the first degree, however, I would not have a choice of career as a professional teacher. Give yourself a choice.
What would I say to anyone thinking of applying to BGU? Apply! Apply early! Apply with your very best effort and be prepared to beat off massive competition to get in. It’ll be worth it, though, because this is a good University. You are never going to be better looked after – trust me on this. My time at BGU has been challenging, yes, but rewarding on so many levels. I have new knowledge, new friends, new skills, new experiences, new thoughts and ideas, new choices, and a big smile on my face just writing this!
Luke, PGCE Secondary Graduate (English) - School Direct
Having worked and taught at a secondary school already, it is fantastic to be able to go back and fill in the knowledge gaps on the theory side of the course. It has also given me a chance to think critically about the type of teacher I want to be.
The teaching staff are approachable, friendly and, most importantly, reassuring. Although I live at home and only commute in one day a week, it is a positive experience with plenty of support and advice available through email and phone calls, which have been particularly important as I live long distance from campus!
It is definitely an excellent way of learning and developing as a teacher because you get both the theory and application, as well as the practical side of working in a classroom. This course has made me realise that teachers can continue to research even when qualified and that this can also serve as a career launch-pad.
PGCE Secondary Subjects
Art and Design
The BGU Secondary Art and Design PGCE will equip you to become an outstanding secondary school teacher. You will be encouraged to engage creatively and critically with a wide range of practices, debates, and current issues.
The BGU ITE partnership is a close working relationship between schools, colleges, and the university. Your school based art mentor will provide ongoing developmental feedback, and help you to practically apply your thinking and learning about art and design pedagogy.
You will have access to BGU’s dedicated art facilities, including kilns for glass and ceramics, printing press, metal working, ICT, and studio space. You will develop your own practice as an artist / designer during the year, both through continued attention to your own specialism and by expanding your skills and experiences through a range of workshops.
The BGU Secondary English PGCE is run by tutors who relish the opportunity to work with the next generation of English teachers. It will equip you to become an outstanding secondary school teacher.
The course is vibrant and participatory and includes taught seminars, active workshops and 1:1 tutorial support. English trainees work in a supportive group, sharing classroom experience and teaching resources, and cascading individual expertise. The course benefits from a close working relationship with Drama PGCE colleagues, enabling expert input into drama within English. Additionally, the course includes outside enrichment such as visits to training at The Globe Theatre, visits from authors and being involved with national reading and poetry projects.
The Secondary Drama PGCE is taught by experienced staff with national and international profiles. Our subject specific sessions are usually taught through practical seminars and workshops and we focus on real challenges faced in the drama classroom by a secondary specialist teacher, including ‘active’ approaches to Shakespeare as a poet-playwright. Texts by this writer are a major element of the secondary school curriculum and the course benefits from a close working relationship with English PGCE colleagues, enabling expert input across both English and Drama. BGU has an excellent record of trainees finding employment as specialist drama teachers and our connection with English is a key element for future employability.
We provide access to a variety of school placement settings including Academies, comprehensive schools, state selective grammar schools, some rural, some urban, and where drama is taught as a discrete subject.
The course includes enrichment visits to venues such as The Globe Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds as well as inputs from visiting professionals with expertise in theatre design and/or related specialisms.
We challenge and support trainees to develop their expertise as specialist drama educators of the future, to be the best they can be and to succeed in this rewarding career.
Whilst the PGCE compliments BGU’s long established undergraduate degree pathways in Applied Drama, we welcome applications from well qualified drama graduates who have studied across the UK and beyond. Competition for places is strong and early applications are encouraged and recommended.
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This PGCE secondary Geography course draws upon the strong heritage and tradition of BGU within the field of Teacher Training, building upon expertise within the University’s School of Teacher Development. The course tutors are experienced geography teachers and researchers who are involved at a national level in curricular and examination developments in geography education.
This course will equip you to become an outstanding teacher. BGU ‘enjoys an excellent reputation locally and employment rates are high’ (Ofsted 2010). You will spend two thirds of the year in partner schools and other educational settings gaining rich and varied experiences designed to support meeting the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Working with peers, tutors and school-based colleagues, you will develop your abilities to promote effective learning among 11-16 year olds. You will also have opportunities to gain experience of post-16 teaching.
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
The PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) course at BGU is for people wishing to train as secondary teachers of Modern Foreign Languages, 11-16 with post-16 enhancement.
Whether MFL teaching is your first new career choice, or you want to return to teaching after a career break, or you are looking for a career change by using your languages in different and more rewarding ways, your application will be given serious consideration. The course aims to create a dynamic and diverse mix of trainees, not only from different ages, backgrounds and cultures, both locally and nationally, but also internationally. We therefore expect a significant proportion of any MFL cohort to typically include a good mix of native speakers.
Trainees following this course are encouraged to explore a wide range of creative approaches to planning, teaching and evaluating MFL lessons, covering communicative language teaching, developing classroom language, the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), as well as focusing on learner strategies and learner autonomy, the role of grammar, cultural awareness and new technologies in language teaching. The course is built upon principles of inclusion and diversity in teaching and learning for all pupils, whatever their potential and achievements.
Throughout the course, trainees study different methods of assessment and how they support classroom learning and teaching; in particular, the role of formative assessment in the development of metacognitive skills and language learning strategies.
Applicants should ideally be able to offer two languages for teaching, typically French, German or Spanish, however, other languages will be considered, depending on the availability of school-based placements. Degree level or equivalent in the first foreign language is desirable. Applicants should ideally have spent a substantial period of time residing, working or studying abroad, in a country where the target language is spoken.
This PGCE secondary Music course draws upon the strong heritage and tradition of BGU within the field of Teacher Training, within the University’s School of Teacher Development. The course tutors are experienced Music teachers and performers who delight in the opportunity to work with the next generation of Music teachers. The course will equip you to become an outstanding secondary school teacher and facilitator of Music.
This inspiring course includes taught seminars, active workshops and 1:1 tutorial support. Music trainees work in a supportive group, sharing classroom experience, teaching resources, and sharing individual expertise. BGU ‘enjoys an excellent reputation locally and employment rates are high’ (Ofsted 2010). You will spend two thirds of the year in partner schools and other educational settings gaining rich and varied experiences designed to support meeting the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The course benefits from a close working relationship with the Lincolnshire Music Service, providing experiences across Key Stages and within the wider school community. Additionally, the course includes outside enrichment such as visits by specialist instrumentalists and teachers.
Physical Education and Dance
The BGU secondary Physical Education and Dance PGCE is run by professionals who have worked within a range of secondary schools and continually trained the next generation of Physical Education and Dance teachers. The design of the course so that you will fell equipped to train with confidence but also become an outstanding secondary teacher.
Throughout the year a range of methods will be used to help develop learning and teaching techniques such as; lectures, workshops, presentations, group work, technology learning, self-reporting and much more.
There are several cross-learning activities that take place during the year. Sessions are subject specific, professional development and others such as Enrichment and Diversity weeks are created to advance the holistic development of trainees on becoming a teacher.
Key features of the course:
- Holistic and subject specific activities are reinforced through and by reflective processes.
- Lecturing staff are pedagogically and research informed and help challenge and question your thoughts on Physical Education and Dance.
- Sharing practice and collaborations with outside agencies compliments the type of learning and teaching trainees will need in schools.
- Physical Education and Dance mentors are trained and supported throughout the training year.
- University based mentors track the progress of trainees through electronic portfolios, meetings, observations and target setting activities.
- Technology as a learning platform is central to delivery, through the pedagogic application of theory within all age phases. Reflective practice and comparative analysis of performance are real strength within this training course.
Religious Education (RE)
The BGU Secondary Religious Education PGCE will equip you to become an outstanding secondary school teacher. You will be encouraged to engage creatively and critically with a wide range of religions, philosophies, and current social and ethical issues, developing your own subject knowledge and considering ways of exploring these issues with young people.
The BGU ITE partnership is a close working relationship between schools, colleges, and the University. Your school based RE mentor will provide ongoing developmental feedback, and help you to practically apply your thinking and learning about religious education pedagogy.
In addition to university based sessions you will participate in field visits and school based experiences as well as developing your own subject knowledge and learning the craft of the classroom. You will also be encouraged to explore your own personal life stance and how this impinges on classroom practice.
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Our PGCE Social Science is aimed at trainees wishing to mainly teach the 14-19 curriculum in one or more of the social sciences (sociology, psychology, politics and law) in secondary schools and/or post-16 colleges.
You will be given the opportunity to study and teach areas of the Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Law, Health and Social Care, Citizenship and PSHE) at Key Stages, 4 and 5. You may gain some experience of teaching the humanities (RE, Geography and History) subjects at Key Stage 3 and 4. Social Science subjects are exceptionally popular choices at GCSE, ‘A’ level, IB and BTEC levels.
Science with Biology, Chemistry or Physics
The PGCE Secondary Science course supports trainees to teach all of the Science subjects at KS3 and KS4 (GCSE) with post-16 enhancement in their specialist subject of Biology, Chemistry or Physics. There is a part-time option available.
Trainees following this course are encouraged to explore a wide range of creative approaches to planning, teaching and evaluating Science lessons. The course is built upon principles of inclusion and diversity in teaching and learning for all pupils, whatever their potential and achievements. Throughout the course, trainees study different methods of assessment and how they support classroom learning and teaching; in particular, the role of formative assessment in the development of metacognitive skills.
Outside speakers are invited in to supplement the University sessions, including from the ‘Institute of Physics’, the ‘Royal Society of Chemistry’ and the ‘Association for Science Education’. A visit to the National STEM Centre in York is also part of the course.
Classroom practical work is encouraged and supported. In addition we are keen to introduce trainees to joys of learning outside of the classroom with learning visits to a local Nature Reserve and to Woolsthorpe Manor, the home where Sir Isaac Newton made so many of his wonderful scientific discoveries.