You will undertake some modules in your specialist area and others related to professional studies where the focus is related to pedagogy and practice. Modules relating to professional studies are the backbone of the course and feed into subject sessions, your work in school and related teaching.
Visit the relevant subject pages for full details.
You will be supported by a range of experience professionals including a school subject mentor, a school professional mentor who will oversee your training in school and your university subject tutor.
You may select one Enhancement Activity (EA). There are currently seven EAs available: SEND, Teenage Mental Health, Education in Climate Emergency (ECE), Citizenship & PSHE, EAL, Technology Enhanced Learning and Second Subject.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
This EA gives you the opportunity to think further about the principles and practice of successful teaching of students with ‘special educational needs’. This EA will include a 2-day placement in a Special School setting arranged by the University.
Teenage Mental Health
This EA will help you to identify and understand poor mental health in your students and the factors which impact on both good and poor mental health. You will learn reliable strategies to help yourself and the students in your classroom to cultivate well-being.
Education in Climate Emergency
This EA will give you the opportunity to explore the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes required to support teachers, learners and school communities in our time of climate crisis.
Citizenship and PSHE
This EA provides a real opportunity to explore some of the principles which underpin effective citizenship and PSHE education and put some of these principles into practice.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
This EA will introduce you to EAL learners and give you some insight into the way languages are learnt. It will also give you practical advice on supporting EAL learners in mainstream classrooms, and provide a closer look at the language in the curriculum and the demands this places on EAL learners.
Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)
This EA provides the opportunity to use and assess these electronic resources in a subject-specific context to enhance the learning process for the pupils.
We are currently offering this EA to PE trainees who would like to begin developing a second subject in mathematics or science.
The Aspiring Leaders is an additional EA that will be run towards the end of the course. You will be invited to apply during the PGCE course.
This EA will give you the opportunity to understand how schools are run and your role within the school. Trainees who choose this EA have an opportunity to gain a greater insight into the difference between the academic and pastoral roles within schools by speaking to experienced staff about the differences.
As this is a school-led programme, the majority of training takes place in schools. There are three extended placements teaching in at least two different schools and two key stages. There are also many opportunities to gain additional experience in partner schools and settings.
Schools also offer open days & more information can be found on the schools individual websites.
The school professional studies programme runs in parallel to the university taught sessions in both subjects and exploring wider issues of education and society.