About this course
What is a PGCE?
The PGCE is the Postgraduate or Professional Certificate in Education, which you can take at any time after completing your first degree. It is a one-year full-time course after which you become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.
The Postgraduate Certificate includes modules at Masters level which may count towards a further Masters award. We agree your award whilst you train with us.
Our PGCE programmes are designed to develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside your hands-on classroom experience.
Subject knowledge is only a part of teaching; finding creative ways to interpret your knowledge into a language a child can understand is the key. We prepare you for the classroom, allowing you to develop you own thinking, teaching and knowledge base to a level which can be trialled in your placement. All our secondary PGCE courses meet the requirements for the professional standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which you need to teach in a school.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
ICT is a particularly interesting subject to teach. Cutting-edge software and technology is constantly being incorporated into the secondary classroom and the ICT curriculum. As a result teaching changes as new content and approaches are introduced.
The course covers teaching for 11 to 18 year olds, and includes placements with a range of school types, including comprehensive, selective grammar, post-16 and colleges. Students from all backgrounds are welcome; there is an excellent multicultural mix of trainees. A very high proportion of our trainees are in full-time employment within six months of completing the course.
You will extend your subject knowledge to cover the subject content needed to teach a wide range of ICT courses and develop ways of introducing new topics to pupils. You will also learn how to plan and teach effective lessons that cover a wide variety of modern ICT software and hardware, and consider the social impact of ICT including the web as well as becoming familiar with the ICT National Curriculum and the National Strategy.
In addition you will learn to use assessment for learning as a powerful means of improving your teaching and pupils learning, along with becoming familiar with the external examinations and coursework used to assess pupils achievements.
For information on early years, education and youth work related courses and to help you decide which is right for you, seewww2.hud.ac.uk/edu/docs/School_brochure_2010.pdf
To help you decide which teaching course if right for you, seewww2.hud.ac.uk/edu/flowcharts/teaching_flowchart.pdf
For information about the School of Education and Professional Development see www.hud.ac.uk/edu
* An Honours degree of 2:2 or above with at least 50% content in ICT.
* A GCSE grade C pass or equivalent in Mathematics and English (we may be able to offer you an equivalency test in Mathematics and English if you do not meet this requirement. Details available at interview.)
* The ability to speak, read and write well in English.
* Criminal Records Bureau, General Teaching Council and medical checks. There is a charge (currently £44 in April 2011 - subject to change) for the criminal records bureau clearance check. You don't need to do anything before you apply; we will let you know what you need to do during the application process.
* These are the usual entry requirements; however those with different or older qualifications should not be deterred from applying as we welcome people from different backgrounds.
* Trainees with appropriate industrial and/or commercial experience are encouraged to apply.
*If you acquired a degree overseas, we will need to see a full transcript of your award, along with details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution.
If you are not sure if teaching is the career for you, we offer robust interviews which give a strong indication as to whether you will enjoy teaching. If you do not have experience in schools, you should make sure that you gain some experience.