Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Secondary Education (English, Initial Teacher Education)

The course is part of the programme for Initial Teacher Training; during the 12 weeks of university-based time, students study the teaching of their main subject; this includes consideration of a range of teaching styles and resources, including the use of appropriate information and communications technology, and preparation in all aspects of the national curriculum including pupil assessment; students also attend sessions in mixed subject groups where cross-curricular issues are covered, such as pupils' learning, classroom management, the organisation of schooling, the broader professional role and theories underpinning decisions and policy in the field of education; students are encouraged to investigate ways in which they can help young people to learn; they analyse the dynamics of what happens when people talk together about an issue that concerns them, or how they use talk to advance their own learning, and investigate ways in which they can make this happen in the classroom; students also consider how they might assess the learning that takes place; students are asked to read and to understand, analyse and evaluate the wide ranges of texts which they read; 24 weeks are spent on placement (a total of 8 weeks in 1 placement during the autumn term and 16 weeks in a 2nd placement during the spring and summer); there is an opportunity to spend time in a primary school and some students may also visit other institutions, such as special schools or colleges of further education.

Entry requirements

2.1 degree in a relevant subject plus GCSE mathematics, science and English. A minimum of 1 day recent observation at a comprehensive school. Entry is subject to satisfactory interview to assess professional suitability and subject to successful medical and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance. Applicants must be provisionally registered with the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE).

Course modules

Modules include: Enabling learning; meeting curriculum challenges; becoming a teacher.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,225 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

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