Our Courses

We are able to offer school direct courses for 2019-2020

School Direct is a one-year full-time course leading to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS status and credits towards a Masters degree.

For more information about School Direct run in partnership with University of Exeter https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/schooldirect/

English

The course is practical, hands on and intellectually demanding; sessions typically include simulations of classroom activities, specialist subject knowledge boosters, and sharing developments in pedagogy. These sessions provide support and challenge to help you progress. We use an online portal to support discussion, encourage creative teaching and to share experience and expertise. Assignments are focussed on your direct experience in the classroom. The course is supported by the University of Exeter who provide teaching and academic support for the 3 assignments, library access and other resources. The assignments give you the opportunity to explore the most recent developments in educational policy, teaching and learning and link directly to your experience in school as emerging practitioners.

This is the perfect time to become an English teacher. As digital developments redefine our concept of literacy, the secondary English classroom is an exciting, creative and innovative place to be.

This course will prepare you to:

  • Teach all aspects of English Language and Literature in secondary schools.
  • Consolidate and extend your subject knowledge.
  • Deliver well-structured and engaging lessons underpinned by learning theory.
  • Develop and extend your students’ language competence.
  • Organise, structure and assess work for a range of abilities and ages, including those with SEND and EAL.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a single subject degree in English or a joint degree in which English forms the major part.

APPLYING

Please apply through UCAS using provider code 2DO and course code 3DQ4. 

Mathematics

Recent changes to GCSE Mathematics subject content and assessment objectives emphasise the key areas of mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding: fluency; problem solving; reasoning and comprehension and communication skills. Learners of mathematics will use these skills to develop models of real life situations and to understand how their assumptions determine the efficacy of their models. Learners need to be able to relate the mathematics they do to their own lives as well as to a wider society.

The aim of the course is to prepare you to be able to provide sufficient challenge to meet the needs of the most able whilst at the same time making mathematics accessible to those who need the most help.

  • Use a range of teaching resources and approaches that provide challenge to inspire and motivate mathematics learners of all abilities.
  • Develop confidence and a positive attitude to mathematics in all learners.
  • Monitor and assess the progress of learners and provide timely intervention and support where necessary.
  • Develop into a strong, critically reflective, classroom practitioner, who will go on to participate in, and influence the future development of Mathematics Education.

APPLYING

Please apply through UCAS using provider code 2DO and course code 3DP5. 

History

The History PGCE course is concerned with theoretical and practical classroom approaches to the teaching of history. This involves examining a range of appropriate learning and teaching strategies through Key Stages 3-5 in the varied classroom situations you will encounter. You will develop a rigorous understanding of when and where particular activities might be appropriate. The course is underpinned by the belief that history teaching is a stimulating, creative activity that gives pleasure to both teachers and pupils and educates young people to take a full and active role as citizens. The course draws heavily on current and recent research findings from both the Graduate School of Education and other researchers at the forefront of history education.

You will be able to:

  • Complete a subject audit, allowing you to review and develop your own subject knowledge.
  • Create exciting and innovative lessons that engage all students.
  • Develop the necessary skills to assess and review the work the of students of a range of key stages and ability levels, and to be able to provide students with feedback.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the statutory requirements for History across all key stages.
 

APPLYING

Please apply through UCAS using provider code 2DO and course code 3DQ9. 

Modern Languages-French, German & Spanish

The Modern Foreign Languages course aims to make sure that you are equipped with the skills that you need in order to deliver engaging and effective lessons in your specialist language(s). From encouraging students to communicate in the target language, to enthusing them about different cultures, the course will equip you with the practical skills that you need to become an outstanding teacher.

You will be able to:

  • Complete a subject audit, allowing you to review and develop your own subject knowledge.
  • Create exciting and innovative lessons that engage all students.
  • Implement the statutory requirements for Modern Languages and understand the importance of language in the wider context of a school.
  • Develop the necessary skills to assess and review the work the of students of a range of key stages and ability levels, and to be able to provide students with feedback.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the statutory requirements for Modern Languages across all key stages.

APPLYING

Please apply directly through UCAS provider code 2DO and the following information:

French – 3DQB

German – 3DQC

Spanish – 3DQG

Science

The Science National Curriculum states that “Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, students should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.”

The Science programme is designed to enable you to teach, as a minimum, all the Science specified in the National Curriculum for Science at Key Stage 3, and your chosen Science specialism (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at Key Stage 4. Trainees join the course with a variety of Science degrees and backgrounds. Few, if any, are confident from the start in all aspects of Science demanded by the National Curriculum or even by their own subject specialism. Early in the course you will complete a personal audit and begin an action plan to build on your subject knowledge, initially for KS3 and then for GCSE.

You will be able to:

  • Develop and plan innovative and exciting lessons using a variety of techniques, strategies and approaches, including Laboratory Practicals and e-learning, in order to extend your students’ scientific knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • Assess work for a range of ages and abilities, and ensure effective learning for all students.
  • Develop into a strong, critically reflective, classroom practitioner, who will go on to participate in, and influence the future development of Science Education.

APPLYING

Please apply directly through UCAS provider code 2DO and the following information:

Physics –course code 3DQ7

Biology –course code 3DQ5

Chemistry – course code 3DQ6