Secondary Education PGCE (School-centred)
Choose your subject specialism, join one of our outstanding school partnerships and fully immerse yourself in your placements.
Studying through a school-centred pathway means most of your learning takes place at your placement school, with time out each week for academic sessions. You will experience a high quality, relevant programme of training, equipping you with the professional knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes you need to succeed in teaching.
- Location – Offsite
- Duration – 1 year full-time
- Start date – September 2020
- School – Education
UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250
International 2020-21 £12,750
Your school placements will build your skills and confidence as you progress towards Qualified Teacher Status, while your academic sessions will deepen your understanding both of your subject and your profession. You will develop your knowledge of your chosen subject and its place within the curriculum while also exploring wider educational issues, reflecting local and national policy and practice. This equips you with both a strong subject specialism and a wider understanding of teaching and education. We encourage you to develop your own philosophy and values surrounding your subject, your professional identity and education itself.
Our Schools Teaching Alliance partners work with us to develop our courses and to give you the best possible experience of teaching and learning.
This module focuses on educational issues which are common to all teachers. It reflects on local and national policy and practice. You will build your understanding of complex concepts surrounding teaching and learning. We will encourage you to consider wider professional issues and develop your own professional identity.
This module focuses on how to teach your subject area in the classroom. You will develop your confidence in your subject knowledge and build the essential pedagogical skills relevant to the secondary school age range. You will consider historical developments in your chosen subject area and develop an awareness of curriculum developments.
The PGCE School Direct is a school-based programme. It is made up of three school experiences. Student teachers are based in one school for the majority of the time with a shorter second school placement. Each placement must be successfully passed in order to proceed to the next.
Teaching and assessment
The teaching teams in both Subject Studies and Professional Studies integrate their modules to run throughout the course of the programme rather than delivering them as separate modules. This approach ensures that the programme provided is holistic and inclusive. Both masters level modules will be delivered by a combination of school and University based staff.
The programme employs a range of learning and teaching strategies, including enquiry based and active learning approaches. You are encouraged to develop a strong sense of your personal professional identity as subject teachers and are nurtured to develop your own philosophy and values about secondary education. Tutors and school-based mentors are available to guide you. You will undertake research-based activities to deepen your understanding of secondary practice.
Assessments are spread across the duration of the programme with timely feedback on your work. Alongside academic assignments you will be assessed throughout your school experiences, with your progress being tracked during the year to ensure you are meeting the teachers’ standards.
Entry requirements for programmes leading to QTS are stipulated by the DfE (ITT Criteria 2018).
- GCSE in English (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4
- GCSE in Mathematics (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4
- GCSE in Science (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4 (for those student teachers undertaking the Secondary PGCE in sciences)
- A first degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent in the subject-based PGCE you are applying for
If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (with no skill below 5.5).
Entry onto this course will require you to attend an interview.
Once you've been invited to an interview, you'll be asked to complete a ‘Prior Achievement’ booklet. This enables you to match your current experience against the Teachers’ Standards.
The interview is designed to ensure that you:
- Have the intellectual and academic capability needed to meet the required teachers’ standards.
- Can communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
You must obtain a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check and/or any other appropriate background check.
You will need to obtain a satisfactory medical report.
QTS Skills Tests
Entry onto this course requires that you pass the QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy.
Once you have submitted your application to us, you will need to arrange to take and pass the tests, ideally before interview. Please refer to the Skills Test guidance for more information.
If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.
Terms and conditions
Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.
Fees and funding
UK & EU 2020 - 21
The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £9,250 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.
Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.
International (non-EU) 2020 - 21
The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.
Due to immigration laws, international students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.
More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.
UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250
International 2020-21 £12,750
All York St John University alumni are eligible for a 10% reduction on their postgraduate course fees regardless of when you graduated. The 10% alumni discount will not be added on top of these reductions.
Additional costs and financial support
Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.
ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING COSTS
View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.
You will leave us fully prepared to start work as a Newly Qualified Teacher, specialising in your chosen subject.