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.
Curriculum Studies involves work across those sectors related to health and social care and is designed as practical concept-based workshops and lecture/seminars, which together enable you to develop a clear personal rationale, and practical strategies for teaching health and social care in the secondary and further education sectors. In the practical workshops, student teachers examine and explore key concepts that underpin the various curricula and syllabi for health and social care.
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 linked to your continued professional development and aspirations. 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.
Your teaching experiences include opportunities to teach GCSE, A-level, BTEC programmes and may include Key Stage 3 in a second subject.
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.