Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Secondary Initial Teacher Education Business *
* subject to final UWE approval
This course is open for applications
About this course
Page last updated 8 March 2017
The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a one academic year (36 week) course that trains graduates to be secondary school teachers of Business Studies.
The PGCE programme has been designed to train teachers to practice as a subject specialist teacher for the secondary age range (14-19). You are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) across this age range. You will also gain practical experience of the 16-19 age range during your placement.
The aim of this PGCE in Business Studies is to provide you with engaging and relevant professional training to enable your degree in Business related subjects to transform you into a capable and effective classroom practitioner. You will develop understanding of how students learn about Business and to be able to critically reflect upon their teaching to improve. The course prepares you to develop the necessary skills to teach Business Studies in schools and colleges at GCSE and A level. In addition, the course will cover vocational qualifications such as BTEC.
You will understand how Business Studies is taught in schools, how students learn and how they begin to make sense of the changing nature of the business world. There will also be the opportunity to consider how other areas including entrepreneurship, citizenship and ICT draw upon our Business Studies curriculum, affording opportunities to work alongside a range of colleagues in other subject areas.
You will work with young people, develop their expertise in their specialist subject area, share and discuss educational issues and study relevant educational research. The course is just the beginning of what we hope will be a process of continual professional development throughout a challenging and rewarding career.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
This course is part of the Department's programme for Initial Teacher Training. Units studied are:
- Enabling Learning
- Meeting Curriculum Challenges
- Becoming a Teacher
These units are studied in both the school and the University-based parts of the course, the work on each site being complementary.
This course is designed to introduce you to methods of teaching and learning, classroom management skills, lesson planning and assessment. By reflecting on how you learn, you will consider the issues young people may encounter in their own understanding of Business Studies and any barriers which may inhibit their learning. Sessions at university will include involvement in workshops, discussion, simulations as well as formal and informal lectures.
During the course, consideration will be given to the National Curriculum GCSE and to post-16 courses including AS, A-level, and to the rapidly expanding vocational area of the Business Studies curriculum. Learning to teach involves a wide range of other skills including the development of young people's ability to communicate and justify their ideas and decisions in Business Studies, and more generally to develop their language across the curriculum as a whole.
It also involves learning how to assess, report on and record young people's progress and how to recognise under-achievement and exceptional performance in the classroom. You will have opportunities in both university and school environments to develop these skills as well as those that relate to managing pupil behaviour in order to secure effective learning, both in the classroom and in schools more generally.
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The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up-to-date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
This course is split between university based study (12 weeks) and school based study (24 weeks). The university based blocks look at educational issues relating to Business Studies teaching and the role of Business Studies as a subject within the whole school. Examples of sessions include:
- Classroom based business simulation games
- Planning a school visit
- Enterprise activities
A comprehensive series of seminars and workshops provides opportunities to extend your understanding of a range of pedagogical methodologies within Business Studies, such as how best to explain, demonstrate, ask questions, and support students' progress in your subject, through a reflective approach to your own practise.
You will be introduced to the latest ideas and resources for teaching Business Studies and develop a wide variety of teaching approaches and learning activities. Furthermore, you will become aware of the wider subject community that is made up of Business Studies teachers and educators through the Economics, Business and Enterprise Association. You will also have the opportunity to develop your subject knowledge through a range of university based workshops.
For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
We recognise that embarking on a new course of study can sometimes be quite a challenging undertaking. You have three main sources of support and information from the University during the course:
- Group tutor in your subject area
- Personal tutor
- Department student adviser.
In order to pass the course, trainees are required to pass each unit. They are assessed on a number of written assignments and also on classroom practice against the standards specified by the Secretary of State for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
You will spend 24 weeks on placement: a total of eight weeks in one placement during the autumn term and 16 weeks in a second placement during the spring and summer.
As well as teaching, the course includes contact time with a Senior Professional Tutor and a Subject Mentor, directed study time and personal study time.
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.
This course has strong links with industry, in a variety of sectors, offering the opportunity for trainees to engage in practical aspects within their subject area. In addition, visiting professionals support trainees understanding of topics and engagement in a range of activities to develop subject knowledge.
You will be able to access a range of resources and equipment including videos, calculators, computers, books, journals, networked PCs, also a variety of stand-alone computers. Business Studies teaching staff and supportive technicians are on hand to help and support.
The Department provides a pleasant environment in which to study. Its modern, purpose-built facilities provide high quality teaching rooms with state-of-the-art technology available. You will have access to excellent IT facilities and an Open Learning Area with the latest equipment including an interactive whiteboard, CD burners, scanners and a range of equipment that can be booked out and borrowed, including digital cameras and laptops, with friendly staff on hand to help when needed.
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Careers / Further study
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes now include 40 credits of assessment at Master's Level (Level M). For candidates who opt not to attempt the requisite credit at Level M, a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education will be available as an alternative award.
For further information on your career in teaching, including salary scales and case studies of current trainee teachers, visit GOV.UK Get into Teaching.
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You will normally:
- have an honours degree (normally 2:2 minimum) or equivalent with at least 50% in a related subject (relating to the subject you want to teach).
- have GCSE grade C or above, or grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent.*
- be able to demonstrate recent experience of observing or supporting teaching in your subject area. This must be conducted in a comprehensive school (minimum of 10 working days or two weeks equivalent within the last three years).
*If you do not meet the GCSE entry requirements, we will accept equivalency tests that are of a standard equivalent to GCSE grade C or above.
Please note that this course starts early in September. We are unable to agree any requests for holiday due to the number of days required to fulfil the course.
Please read through the UCAS Teacher Training pages carefully for guidance on how to apply.
Applicants must pass an initial selection process and short-listed candidates will be interviewed at the Department of Education. All offers will be subject to satisfactory health checks.
Disclosure of Criminal Background
Applicants who are offered a place must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary. If you would like information regarding issues that could disqualify you from teaching training, please contact us on +44 (0)117 32 83333.
Department for Education Professional Skills Tests
All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) and before starting their course. We recommend that you complete the skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy as soon as possible after you have submitted an application for an Initial Teacher Education programme. If practical, you should take these tests before any interview that you may be invited for, but if this is not possible, you should take them as soon as possible thereafter. If you have not passed the tests at the interview stage, any offer will be conditional until you have passed both tests. You will need to pass both tests by 30th June. Information about the tests can be found at The Department for Education.
Standards and requirements
Following the review of Standards and Requirements for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) by the Secretary of State in 2012 (revised in June 2013), our full-time courses have been designed to be compliant with the latest standards and requirements.
For information about the national curriculum and subjects taught in secondary schools, visit Directgov online.
The Department of Education is not able to approve deferrals under any circumstances. Applicants unable to start their course during the year of application will be required to withdraw and reapply the following year.
For further information
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- Telephone: +44(0) 117 32 83333