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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Business Studies (PGCE)

UCAS Code
Secondary Business Studies (PGCE): 2X5T

PGCE Secondary Business Studies Pathway

The education and training of Business Studies teachers is a long-established feature of UWTSD and the university is the main provider of Business Studies teachers in Wales. As such, we are privileged to enjoy an enviable reputation in the sector.

The course incorporates the most recent innovations and thinking in Business Studies teaching. The Business Studies Pathway provides an engaging and relevant professional training that enables you to:

  • transform your Business Studies expertise into competent and effective classroom teaching;
  • develop an understanding of how pupils learn Business subjects;
  • critically evaluate and enhance your teaching to improve quality and effectiveness in the classroom.

The new curriculum suggests that a key purpose of the curriculum is for learners to be 'enterprising and creative contributors'. Our PGCE recognises that Business teachers have a part to play in developing learners who can take calculated risks, think creatively, and identify and grasp opportunities through inspirational teaching and making connections between the business world and education.

The Business Studies course has strong links with the professional Business Studies teaching networks and guest speakers include subject officers from the WJEC as well as key representatives from Welsh Government initiatives.

We are pleased to have strong links with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's Swansea Business School where the 'Big Business Bonanza' provides PGCE Business students with an annual opportunity to deliver innovative and exciting workshops to Year 10 pupils who have opted to do Business.

Come and join us to help shape the next chapter Welsh education!

Entry requirements

Entry Requirement

Undergraduate Degree

  • Applicants are required to hold a good honours degree (2:2 minimum) in an area related to chosen secondary subject.

GCSE qualifications

  • Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics .
  • Student teachers studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade B or above in Welsh (first language).
  • Equivalence workshops and tests are available for those with Grade C GSCE in English Language, Mathematics and Welsh.
  • A-Levels/Level 3 Vocational Qualifications

If applicants do not hold an undergraduate degree in a curriculum subject, successful study at appropriate higher levels must be evidenced.

Work Experience

You should be aware of the realities of being a teacher and life in a classroom and so we ask for recent and relevant experience in a secondary educational setting. This may be through employment or volunteering in a school and should be for a minimum period of two weeks.

Gaining experience in a school classroom will help to strengthen your application and better critically inform your personal statement. It will also prepare you for our selection process and give you some experience from which you can draw in your interview.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

If accepted onto our programme, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible. There is a fee associated with the service and you should ensure that you opt for the 'update' service

Course modules

The content of the programme has been grouped under four module headings: 

  • The Learner – who am I teaching?
  • Learners, schools and communities – where am I teaching?
  • Researching the learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on research)
  • Leading the Learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on subject discipline in practice)

Organising the modules in this way means that you will be able to focus on the pupil and take full account of the wider context that impact on education.

You will also be able to ensure that your classroom-based practice draws on a sound research base. This means that our programme will challenge you both practically and intellectually at the same time.

Assessment methods

The programme offers 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at Graduate Level. These are awarded on successful completion of module assessments which include:

  • Case studies
  • Portfolios
  • Video presentation
  • Research Project

All assessments are closely linked to practice and are designed to offer you the opportunity to develop teaching and learning that has a positive impact on children and young people.

Award of QTS

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is awarded to those student teachers who have fully met the professional teacher standards for QTS.
  • This aspect of the programme is assessed through a portfolio of evidence and a professional dialogue with a specialist mentor and tutor.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full time 11,000 per Academic year () Years
PGCE Full time September 2019 9,000 per Academic year () Years

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