University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Secondary English (PGCE): 2X5X
Unashamedly ambitious the Athrofa English PGCE pathway prepares you to teach across the secondary age range – from the Area of Learning and Experience for Languages, Literacy and Communication to the exam groups for GSCE and A level qualifications
The central aim of the course is to educate confident, expert, competent and professional teachers of English with a secure knowledge of research-based effective approaches to teaching, and the enthusiasm and skill to help all pupils understand, enjoy, and improve their skills and knowledge in English.
Potential candidates will be ambitious and committed, have high expectations, be versatile and resilient, able to expertly engage with their subject, language and literature.
The Athrofa Professional Learning Partnership with its partner schools will support you in becoming a critically reflective practitioner whose practice revolves around a safe, vibrant learning environment with challenging, informed high expectations.
We strive to produce teachers who are resilient lifelong learners, with a passion to do the same for their pupils.
- Applicants are required to hold a good honours degree (2:2 minimum) in an area related to chosen secondary subject.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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
- 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.
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|PGCE||Full time||September 2019||£ 9,000 per Academic year (EU)||Years|
|PGCE||Full time||September 2019||£ 11,000 per Academic year (International)||Years|
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