PGCE Applied Business Studies (14-19)

Year of entry

Year of entry 2018-19 - we are currently refreshing the course for 2018-19. The details below will give you an idea of the type of content covered; please revisit this page later in the year to see the latest information on the updated course.

Applications for 2018 entry are open and are made via UCAS Teacher Training.

(2017-18 entry is now closed)

The PGCE Applied 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 Applied 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. It is also designed to provide you with 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 Applied Business Studies (14­-19) is aimed at postgraduates who wish to inspire and motivate teenagers to understand the business world in which they live. 

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.

If you have experience in the commercial and business world, particularly where this work has enhanced your knowledge, skills and understanding in business together with a good degree (2:2 or above), we would welcome your application.

The course is particularly 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 several University-based modules Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies and complete two placement-based modules.

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. 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 your subject.

Curriculum Studies
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.

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
Professional Studies is focused on exploring the nature of professionalism in teaching. In this module, you will consider the development of education ideologies to the present day and how they help explain the purpose and expectations of modern education. You will explore how your own ideas and values are brought to bear on teaching and how to find and use your own attributes to teach and inspire each other and your students.

There is a strong emphasis on the techniques of using e-learning, the nature of professionalism, and the characteristics of effective teachers. 

Enhanced Studies
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. You may choose to work in any recognised educational setting locally, nationally and internationally. Students have previously completed this module in countries such as Ghana, Thailand and Spain.

Professional Practice
Professional Practice are the periods when you are in your teaching placements. One will be in a secondary context and the other in another setting which may include colleges and independent schools.

Whilst undertaking your teaching placements, you will continue to be supported by your tutor and you placement subject mentors. 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.


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.

Upon completion of your PGCE, you would complete your Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year.  Our graduates are now working in school and colleges throughout the UK and abroad. You may decided to pursue a specialism such as Special Educational Needs.

You have the option to continue onto a Masters programme in Education, using the 60 Masters Level credits available on the PGCE.

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.

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 University-based modules (Curriculum, Professional and Enhanced Studies) are 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. 

Both of your  Professional Practice placements are formatively and then summatively assessed. Evidence can include the teaching files you have created, your reflective learning journal, and regular lesson observations by the teachers/lecturers you work with on a day-to-day basis.  



2017/18 tuition fees for this course

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

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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

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

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) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
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


  • 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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