Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different school placements across the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase.
Your University tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high-quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers
All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style - you will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development
Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methodologies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets
You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, school-based project and other school-based activities, and appraisal of practical teaching skills.
PGCE: programme structure
Gemma had nine years' experience in industry before starting the PGCE. She was rated Outstanding on both practice-based and academic elements of her PGCE at Wolverhampton, including an observation visit by an HMI during our recent Ofsted inspection.
Her very high levels of achievement resulted in her being awarded the F. Elliott Memorial Prize and Gemma is now teaching locally.
Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education which can be continued within your NQT year.
Become a critical reflective teacher with high levels of subject knowledge and a wide understanding of educational theory and practice
Professional skills required to achieve outstanding results in relation to student progress including data analysis, communication, lesson planning and assessment methods.
Interview and Selection
The main purpose of the interview is to:
o give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitments to it
o explore your subject strengths and areas for development
o assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
o arrange a partnership school visit as necessary
o assess knowledge and understanding of National Curriculum for Physical Education in schools
o answer all of your question
Please view information regarding interview preparation
Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests
Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin in 2015/16 are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course. Further information is available on the Department for Education website.
You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme. Those applicants who satisfy the above entry requirements AND who have passed both tests may be offered an interview before applicants who are still to complete the tests.
Please note that:
Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of subject knowledge but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching.
You will need to complete once you have a Conditional Offer, a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.
We wish you every success with your application.