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School-based PGCE - Secondary

A one year full-time course, designed by teachers, for teachers. You'll qualify as a secondary school teacher with a subject specialism. Train in our partner schools from day one and study at university too.

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Entry requirements

A degree at 2:2 or above

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification)

Experience of working with young people

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and trainees. All trainees are expected to share this commitment and demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct.

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Duration One year full-time

Course Summary

This course trains you in one year to become an Early Career Teacher (ECT) in a specialist subject in a secondary school. You will be based out of two different secondary schools across the year, immersed in school life and taking an active role. You will work mainly out of a lead school, with an additional placement for six to twelve weeks to give you breadth of experience.

Some training will be school based, led by teachers and working with other trainees from other schools, and you will also attend University. We have been training educators and teachers since the 1840s and have a huge alumni network and extensive school relationships to support your future career.

We offer School-based PGCEs for the following subjects: Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, Design & Technology, Design and Technology (Food), Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Physics and Religious Education.

The curriculum is based around three themes and these are embedded in all MTEP modules across our provision, carefully structured to provide you with the skills and subject knowledge required to teach effectively:

The themes are:

- The professional role of the developing teacher

- Development of teaching and learning

- Curriculum and specialisms

Our processes are aligned with the MTEP curriculum, the CCF, the ECF, the ITE Ofsted inspection framework and the Teachers’ Standards and explicitly considers how all components are sequenced incrementally to build your expertise and confidence. 

Trainees may receive a bursary of up to £28,000 from the Department of Education. This is the perfect route for graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one.


Why this course at Marjon?

School Direct relationships with a large number of school partnerships across the South West to give you a wide choice of learning experiences

Our expertise covers many specialisms of education including childhood development, early years, literacy and wellbeing

93.9 % of our graduates are in further study, sustained employment or both five years after graduating, compared to a sector average for England of 88.2% (LEO, 2019)

Modules for this course

1st Year

Teacher education and professional learning (QTS)
Based in school you will track your progress against the Teachers’ Standards working with through 2 complementary school placements. You will develop a passion and dedication for teaching and learning to prepare you for your teaching career.
Current issues in education
Teaching and learning in schools is ever changing, this module enables you to explore and critique the relationship between research, policy and practice. You will be assessed through critical reflection or current education practices in a written coursework.
Subject knowledge, pedagogy and learning
Effective teaching and learning in schools requires teachers to have high level of subject knowledge in Religious Education and an understanding of how to enable learners in school to understanding it and make it relevant.
Learning and cognition
Learning in schools is experienced differently by diverse groups of pupils and diverse educational settings. This module explores theoretical underpinnings that dictate how teachers choose to teach and how pupil engage in learning.
Reflecting on learning
The success of you as a teacher is measured by the impact you have on pupil learning, this module enable you to explore your impact on the pupils you teach over time and the impact of this on your own professional learning and development.

This course is perfect if you’re curious about these questions...

What does it feel like to be a part of a school team?

How do I make my subject relevant to pupils in school to get them to want to learn?

What sort of school do I enjoy working in most?

How do I help young adults get ready for life after school?

What different approaches to teaching can I use to make pupils understand my subject?

How do we create deep learning rather than surface learning?

It was clear that all trainees felt very satisfied with the delivery of the programme and praised Marjon’s full support, clear information and excellent communication... Assessment is fair and consistent and tutors provide supportive and constructive feedback to develop students’ learning further... Processes are exemplary.
External examiner - 2020

What might you become?

You will become an Early Career Teacher (ECT) in a secondary school. Most trainees start to apply for jobs from January ready for September start. School-based PGCEs are very attractive to potential employers because all training is undertaken in schools which gives graduates a wealth of practical classroom experience. The quality of our graduates is well recognised both locally and nationally and, as such, a very high proportion of graduates gain immediate employment in partnership schools, a few enrol on Masters programmes to further their studies. Marjon Trainees gain rapid career development because of the quality of the training experience.

With a School-based PGCE you apply directly to a partnership, and the assessment and interviews are run together by head teachers and Marjon. We will start to talk to you about your ambitions from the first moment we meet you. Our jobs fair in late winter is an opportunity for trainees to meet potential employers and practice interviews.


Working with:

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Department for Education

Marjon is recognised as a teacher training provider by the Dept for Education.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

You will attend school-based taught sessions, run by the partnership for all of their school-based PGCE trainees to help support your development as a trainee teacher. University teaching takes place on one day a week and includes lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops. A school-based PGCE programme is intensive and akin to being in a full time job.

How will you be assessed?

Assessment is based on the way you will be assessed when you are a qualified teacher and includes teaching portfolios, assignments, presentations, observed teaching and case studies.

Placement assessment is carried out by school mentors and university tutors against the three themes of the MTEP curriculum:

- The professional role of the developing teacher

- Development of teaching and learning

- Curriculum and specialisms

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Giles Freathy

Course leader

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Giles Freathy is the programme leader for school-based routes into teaching.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9,250

This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.

Funding available for this course

Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.

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More about entry requirements

  • A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required.
  • We have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach. Candidates must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach as detailed in ‘Fit to Teach’ by completing an on-line medical questionnaire.
  • The Skills tests no longer exist as an entry requirement however, all teachers are expected to be competent in fundamental English and Mathematics. We will be assuring that trainees have these skills either during the selection process, or later during the training programme.
  • It is not essential that candidates have school experience when they apply for a school-based PGCE, however, we recommend that candidates obtain observation experience to ensure teaching is the right career for them.
  • Candidates must take part in individual and a group interviews with representatives from schools as well as University tutors.

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