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PGCE Applied Business Studies (14-19)

Year of entry

 Applications for September 2017 can be made through UCAS Teacher Training.

The PGCE Business Studies (14­-19) is a nine month innovative, intensive and unique course preparing graduates for the demands of teaching the 14­-19 age range in both the secondary and lifelong learning sectors.

The PGCE in business studies aims to you to make the transition from subject expert to teacher/lecturer. The course will develop your practical skills and knowledge to be able to relate this to the wider educational responsibilities of being a teacher/lecturer.

You will be awarded a PGCE and recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, enabling you to teach in schools. And also designed to provide a strong foundation for working in the lifelong learning sector, especially further education.

The course is organised in partnership with schools and further education colleges where you spend 24 out of the 36 weeks teaching.

The PGCE Business Studies (14­-19) is aimed at postgraduates who wish to inspire and motivate teenagers to understand the business world in which they live and to help them make informed decisions about their choices as citizens, employees and consumers.

We recruit graduates who have a degree in a business or business-related subject or in some exceptional cases an unrelated degree if they have a significant employment background in business and/or industry.

We welcome candidates with experience in the commercial and business world, particularly where this work has enhanced their knowledge, skills and understanding in business.

The course is uniquely set up for postgraduates to gain experience teaching, learning and assessment both in a school setting and in college or sixth form environments.

On your PGCE 14-19 course here at Canterbury Christ Church University you will study three University-based modules Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies and one placement-based module Professional Practice.

The course provides you with an engaging and relevant professional training that enables you to transform your business studies expertise into competent and effective classroom teaching and develops your understanding of how young people engage and learn in business subjects.  You will also learn how to critically evaluate and enhance your teaching to improve quality and effectiveness in the classroom.

Curriculum Studies explores the link between your subject expertise and the teaching of business studies in the secondary and lifelong sectors. You are encouraged to continue to develop and enhance your subject knowledge so that you can utilise your subject expertise as a teacher/tutor within these two sectors.

This module helps to prepare you for your teaching placements and encourages collaborative learning and formative teaching to develop the knowledge and capabilities of students in your own classrooms in all aspects of business education, including business studies, economics, accounting and finance and key vocational business qualifications.

Furthermore, you will gain confidence in your ability to reflect on your own practical teaching experience and develop important skills such as critical self-reflection while improving your subject knowledge to meet the demands of the various business specifications.

Professional Studies is focused on exploring the nature of professionalism in teaching, looking in particular at the techniques, practice, language, and approaches to the art of effective teaching.

The module includes consideration of the development of education ideologies to the present day and how they help explain the purpose and expectations of modern education. Each student will explore how their own ideas and values are brought to bear on teaching and how to find and use their own attributes to teach and inspire each other and their students.

There is a strong emphasis on the techniques of using learning technologies, the nature of professionalism, and the characteristics of effective teachers. The module includes collaborative learning around reflective practice and strong emphasis on sharing of teaching experiences, throughout the module

Enhanced Studies is a period of study which encourages you to spend an extended period of research, study and teaching in an area of education that particularly interests you at that moment. This can take place in any recognised educational setting locally, nationally and, uniquely, internationally.

Professional Practice are the periods when you are in your teaching placements. These run concurrently and one will be in a secondary context and the other in a specifically sixth form or further education setting.

Whilst undertaking your teaching placements you will continue to be supported by your University Curriculum Studies tutor and also by the allocated Subject Mentors in your placements. You will work closely with your mentors to gain experiences and understanding of learning and teaching within your two placements and which will develop your professional knowledge and practice as a teacher/lecturer.

The key feature of your PGCE is that all learning experiences and opportunities you will have on the course are designed to inform and complement each other culminating in the development of your academic and professional practice as a teacher/lecturer. So you will be prepared initially, and then have the opportunity to reflect on your teaching placement experiences and will have a focus on planning and preparing to teach, assessment for learning, managing behaviour and team working skills.

You will also be supported in developing your own teaching in an independent environment with a constant focus on guided self-improvement. You will gain confidence in your ability to reflect on your own practical teaching experience and develop important skills such as critical self-reflection while improving your subject and curriculum knowledge in business studies.

Your PGCE allows you to engage with the secondary and lifelong learning sectors, and could lead to opportunities to work in a wide range of contexts where learning and teaching is at the heart of a particular organisation.

The majority of our graduates are now working in various establishments in the secondary or further education sectors and in a variety of capacities including subject tutors and mentors. Some graduates choose to teach in the private sector and others choose to follow the special educational needs route and occasionally young offenders’ institutions. Furthermore, for those of you who are adventurous there are many opportunities for teaching the subject overseas.

In addition to being employed in an organisation and capacity which you find exciting there is also the opportunity for you to continue your studies in education through participating in Masters level programmes. Remember that the PGCE here at Canterbury Christ Church University offers you the opportunity to gain up to a total of 60 Masters level credits which counts towards a full Masters and can be taken onto other universities.

Your University-based sessions are taught through a mix of seminars, workshops and peer teaching as there is an emphasis placed upon informed discussion and debate and knowledge exchange.

Your three University-based modules assessed through small-scale research assignments of 4,000 words each and offer you the opportunity to gain 20 Masters level credits in each of these modules. You are supported through each of these by means of tutorials with your University tutors.

During your two Professional Practice teaching placements you will be working closely with and supported by teachers/lecturers and assigned to a designated Curriculum Mentor to oversee your developmental needs and progress.

Your Curriculum Studies tutor is Rita Streeton who has taught in secondary schools for more than 30 years. Her responsibilities in the secondary sector includes teaching a wide range of business related subjects and holding many managerial roles from middle-management to senior-management. 

Whilst teaching in schools Rita held the roles of Professional Mentor, and for many years, Curriculum Mentor to the many PGCE students placed in the Business Department.  Her experiences also include being an external examiner and a moderator for business at both KS4 and KS5, teaching A Level law and being an external examiner for this course.

You are also supported and taught by two other university lecturers.

Geoff Rebbeck contributes to the Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies modules. He has been a teacher and educational advisor in further education for 20 years with a National reputation for the application of e-learning.

For the last five years, he has been involved in teacher training and development and has supported and presented in colleges from Belfast to Edinburgh to the Channel Islands.

He has worked for a number of public sector education agencies and as a contributor to Government policy through the Department of Education. He has advised the British Council, in particular on education in rural India. He was awarded Fellowship of the Education and Training Foundation in its first year and was the first to graduate with a degree in Education with honours in e-learning from the University of Greenwich.  He won a National Teaching STAR award in 2008 for innovation in teaching and a National Future Learning Award in 2009.

Your Programme Director, Pete Webster, is a Senior Lecturer in Education and has taught and been in management roles in both the secondary and further education sectors. In addition to having an overview of your learning and teaching experiences he is also involved in the Professional and Enhanced Studies elements of your PGCE 14-19.

Your assessment on the PGCE 14-19 course here at Canterbury Christ Church University is through formative methods with a final grading completed at the end of the PGCE.

Each of your three University-based modules (Curriculum, Professional and Enhanced Studies) are assessed through a 4,000 word small-scale research piece and with each of these modules offering you the opportunity to gain 20 Masters level credits it is possible to gain a total of 60 Masters level credits through these three modules.

Both your two Professional Practice placements are formatively and then summatively assessed through the teaching files you have created, your reflective Learning Journal, regular lesson observations by the teachers/lecturers you work with on a day-to-day basis, your Curriculum Mentors in your teaching placements and your University tutor. There is also an Interim and Final report from both your teaching placements. 

 

Fees

2017/18 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £9,250 **£11,500
Part-time N/A  N/A

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Travel The student will need to meet the cost of travel to and from placements

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

 

Applications can be made through UCAS Teacher Training from 18 October 2016 for the September 2017 intake.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • NX1D

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) in a subject related to business studies, or in some exceptional cases, an unrelated degree if you have worked in employment or activities related to business studies, English and maths at GCSE (grade C or above) or equivalent, and to have passed the Government's skills tests in literacy and numeracy.
  • A commitment to becoming the best teacher you can be, with a minimum of 10 days recent experience in a UK secondary school or further education college. If you cannot spend the full 10 days in an appropriate setting prior to application, we can still consider your application as long as you have spent five days in an appropriate setting. If you are successful in being offered a place on the course the additional five days would be a condition of your offer and would need to be undertaken prior to starting on the course.

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