Bath Spa University
Secondary Education (English, 11-16)
You’ll gain insight into English’s place within the national education context, with many opportunities for you to observe excellent practice in English teaching working alongside teachers and pupils in schools. In addition to the focus at Key Stages 3 and 4, you’ll gain an insight into the implementation of exam specifications from Key Stage 4 through to AS and A2 level.
You’ll explore the importance of ICT, drama and media education within the English classroom on a practical level. For instance, you’ll have opportunities to participate in Shakespeare workshops with professional actors.
You’ll learn how to manage a class. You’ll be encouraged to develop a mix of whole class teaching, small group collaborative work and independent learning strategies. Differentiation is strongly emphasised – you’ll plan and provide for requirements of pupils of differing abilities and needs.
You’ll graduate as a fully qualified teacher, with the essential skills and confidence that you need to be successful in the classroom.
You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.
In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a 2.2 honours degree or above, with at least 50% English, such as English Language, English Literature, linguistics, literary studies, theatre or media studies. Joint degrees must have a text-based second subject. Together with this, you need a good English A-Level.
You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and mathematics. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.
You'll need to support your application with an academic reference and experience of observing and/or working in schools.
All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.
Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:
- tutorials at key points across the year;
- lectures, seminars and workshops;
- group activities: presentation; group discussion; role play and collaborative working;
- independent learning;
- peer support;
- developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings;
- blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva);
- observation of teachers’ practice, including other Bath Spa Teachers’ practice;
- professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.
Throughout the programme you’ll be provided with an excellent support network through tutorials, visiting speakers, and partner schools and settings. We have shaped the programme to suit your needs as you become attuned to the learning environment of the classroom. Our partner schools maintain equally high standards.
University teaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials and electronic resources. Open access computer facilities are available. The University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) provides remote access to a wide range of resources.
Assessment in all of the PGCE programmes is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.
PGCE programmes are assessed in University, school or other settings.
The evidence base includes:
- Formally assessed assignments;
- Professional dialogue in progress reviews;
- The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio;
- School phase reports and observations;
- Professional development activities;
- Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate).
Please note the fees for 2018/19 are still being confirmed. The fees below for 2017/18 should be used as a guide.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|PGCE||Full-time||September 2018||£ 12,500 per Academic year (overseas fees)||1 years|
|PGCE||Full-time||September 2018||£ 9,250 per Academic year (home fees)||1 years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Newton Park Campus||Bath||BA2 9BN||South West|
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