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Preparing for a PGCE

Introduce yourself to the PGCE programme and learn what the rewarding life of a teacher looks like.

Preparing for a PGCE
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Get a headstart in the world of teaching with this introductory course

The PGCE is a postgraduate certificate in education that proves your credentials as a teacher in England, and can also allow you to teach abroad.

As a potentially important qualification to gain, preparing yourself to study for it is important. On this course, you’ll examine the academic literature around what teaching and learning in schools look like.

Based on the University of Warwick’s successful PGCE programme, you’ll learn observational teaching skills – along with key legal knowledge – that will stand you in great stead for the PGCE to come.

What topics will you cover?

  • The legal framework around teaching
  • What teaching and learning looks like
  • Lesson observation skills
  • Academic literature to prepare you for teaching

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Investigate what might be involved in completing a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) program
  • Reflect upon your own motivations for wanting to become a teacher
  • Develop initial understanding of the centrality of safeguarding to the role of the teacher and some key aspects of safeguarding.
  • Investigate the importance of reflective practice for teachers
  • Explore the importance of good mental health and wellbeing for teachers
  • Identify the importance of subject knowledge for teachers and begin to develop your own subject knowledge in areas of need
  • Investigate the Equality Opportunities Act (2010) and how it links to the concept of inclusion and attainment gaps
  • Reflect on the professional values which underpin personal perspectives on teaching

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone who has accepted a place on an UK based PGCE course, and is appropriate for primary and secondary trainee teachers and for all subject disciplines. You are welcome to join if you have accepted a place on another teacher training course, or are interested in joining the teaching profession.

Who will you learn with?

Abigail Ball

Abigail Ball

I am the Senior Academic Technologist in the Centre for Teacher Education at Warwick University.

Jonty Leese

Jonty Leese

I am an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, working with secondary Computer Science trainees

Dr Deborah Roberts

Dr Deborah Roberts

I am a Senior teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick working with primary PGCE and MA students.

Who developed the course?

The University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is forward-looking, entrepreneurial and globally connected. With new ways of thinking and achieving it stands out from its competitors as an inspiring place to study.

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