Postgraduate Certificate in Education Secondary Level (11-18 years)
Organiser and Tutor: Linda Rudge
PGCE Course Overview
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), one-year, full-time, Secondary course prepares graduates to teach in secondary schools (age range: 11-18 years). The course is assessed against 'M' Level criteria - leading to Qualified Teacher Status and 60 credits at Masters Level.
This is an interesting, often very demanding but tremendously rewarding age group to work with as pupils mature from early adolescence to adulthood. The course is designed to equip you to teach your main subject and to make an effective contribution to the work of schools beyond your subject.
The UEA partnership scheme has attracted national and international attention for its successful close inter-weaving of school and university-based work. It provides you with the opportunity to engage in the systematic study of theory and current good practice both in schools and in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA. The PGCE course has received a series of excellent grades in OfSTED inspections.
The 36 week long course includes an extensive 24 weeks of placement in two of our partnership schools near, or within reasonable distance of, your home. This emphasis on practical teaching provides you with a broad range of teaching experience in different schools.
At university sessions you will discuss experiences with others on the course and learn more about the theory and practice of teaching. Expect to be involved in a range of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars and practical workshops.
Subject Specific Information - Religious Education
Applications for this course will be considered from graduates with a variety of qualifications related to RE, including Theology, Religious Studies, Sociology and Philosophy. Graduates from the Arts, Humanities and Development Studies will also be considered, if they have additional qualifications or relevant work experience.
As a prospective RE PGCE student, you might like to find out more about specific sources of financial support for teachers of the subject. The Keswick Hall Trust has a particular interest in supporting teachers of RE. Individual applications for support are judged on their own merit once a year. The deadline for applications this admissions cycle is 31 May 2013. In drawing your attention to these opportunities, UEA cannot guarantee the success of any application.
The local area has a vibrant religious life with the largest concentration of medieval churches in Europe. Active faith communities in the region include a range of Christian denominations, as well as Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist groups, and a growing number of followers of New Age spiritualities.
Religious Education students who choose to train at UEA are supported by a partnership of well-established RE mentors and trainers who are committed to the development and the future of RE in schools. The Agreed Syllabuses in Norfolk and Suffolk, with which students will become familiar in the partnership schools, both emphasise the role of religion in its broadest sense in the beliefs, values and ethics of today's society, and the development of the individual.
The debates about the teaching and content of RE are fully explored in course components. We consider the issues raised by the local nature of the RE curriculum and the variety of Agreed Syllabuses for RE, as well as the examination courses in GCSE, A and AS Level RE and Religious Studies. This is all within the context of both relevant legislation and current national developments. Students have the chance to consider different teaching methodologies, including active-learning and experiential approaches. They also have access to a wide range of teaching resources including videos, artefacts, information technology, visiting speakers and field trips. Regular seminars enhance knowledge and understanding of the principal religions covered in Agreed Syllabuses from a full range of local education authorities.
Activities take place both in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, in lectures, seminars, workshops and discussion groups, and in school-based activities in local Religious Education Departments. Students may also be given the opportunity to attend in-service training sessions for practising teachers, so that they can stay immediately in touch with the professional groups as they begin to implement syllabuses and teaching methods.
Observational Experience in School
Candidates should ensure that on their application form they are able to demonstrate that they have gained recent experience, with children of the relevant age range, in school. Find out further information about how you can gain school observational experience.
Who better to endorse the quality and positive experience of our course than our past students!
Many of our trainees are appointed to teaching posts in Norfolk and Suffolk. Career opportunities within secondary teaching are now far wider and more diverse than ever before. Within a few years of beginning teaching many are able to gain promotion to leadership positions within their subject or for pastoral responsibilities. There may also be opportunities to become an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST), this allows effective classroom teachers to gain recognition for their excellence in the classroom without needing to move to more administrative positions. After experience of middle management successful teachers can progress to senior management as Senior Teacher, Deputy Head or Head.
Application Procedure and Selection Process
All candidates starting the PGCE in 2013 are required to pass the professional skills tests before starting the course. More information can be found via the Teaching Agency website.
Candidates are required to apply via the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR). This is the central "clearing house" which deals with all applications for PGCE courses across the country. Application forms for 2013 entry are available from October 2012.
Candidates are required to supply an academic referee as their first reference if they have completed their studies in the last 5 years.
Primary candidates are advised by the GTTR to make their application by 1st December 2012 - however please note that we will be accepting applications (through the GTTR) after this date if we have vacancies.
There is no specified deadline for Secondary candidates. However, all candidates are advised to apply as early as possible in the application cycle.
NB: You are advised to ensure that your principal referee is available to submit their reference immediately upon request (usually electronically via GTTR). Your chosen institution will not receive your application until the principal referee has submitted their reference. Please see the GTTR Referee Guidance for information on selection.
Candidates are encouraged to prepare thoroughly. 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. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with our PGCE Teacher Training Prospectus and the information available from the Teaching Agency and related educational establishments. These sources will help you to gain knowledge of the current issues facing teaching, specifically in the subject area for which you are applying. During interview you will be expected to be able to answer questions about these issues, and what has prompted your desire to choose teaching as a career.
Candidates are normally chosen on the basis of their application form, references and an interview.
Secondary Teaching Information Event
Our next Secondary Teaching Information Event will take place in October 2013.
In the meantime, if you have any queries, please do contact the UEA PGCE Admissions Team.
TA Training Bursaries are available for the PGCE Secondary Religious Education course for entry in 2013.
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If you would like to discuss your application further please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone: +44 (0)1603 592855 or write to us:
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Our PGCE Teacher Training Prospectus for September 2013 entry will soon be available to download in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format.
Thank you for taking the time to view this website. We hope it has given you some idea of what we have to offer and that, if you are thinking of training to be a teacher, you will consider applying to us.