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 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 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 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 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.