Economics And Business Education PGCE

Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 1 Year

2019/20 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £9,250 per course
  • International students: £12,500 per course
  • The PGCE at Staffordshire University offers specialist support and expertise from tutors who are at the forefront of developments in Economics and Business education. It is characterised by small class sizes allowing effective links with the schools in our partnership.
  • Our course puts learning at the heart of what we do. This means that your learning, as the Associate Teacher, is at the centre of the PGCE just as, when you are teaching the learning of your school students must be at the centre of your work.
  • The course is distinctive because it involves a mix of university input and school experience every week of the course, close attention to your individual needs and a genuine sense of partnership with the schools that we work with.

Course outline

Staffordshire University achieved top marks in the most recent OFSTED inspection. This course is designed to allow graduates with an appropriate honours degree to train at postgraduate level to become a secondary school Economics and Business teacher.

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Course content

After a one week Induction Programme, you will be in school on serial and block placements to gain a supported understanding of the role of the teacher. Within a school, you will receive expert support from a subject or class mentor who will hold weekly meetings with you to help you to prepare, teach and review lessons and develop your subject knowledge.

Each school or college will have a professional mentor who will help you to understand the organisation of the school, pastoral care systems and the legal and social framework of school including supporting services.

Associate Teachers have a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your personal needs. Initially you will observe the regular teacher, help with group work and then move towards sharing classes with the teacher before eventually taking classes yourself. As well as teaching your subject, you will be required to contribute generally to the life of the school.
The university element of the course is designed to engage Associate Teachers in critical reflection on the nature of education. We also aim to develop your knowledge of Economics and Business Studies. Group and individual tutorials in the university will give you an opportunity to discuss your ideas and the challenges you may face.

The university aspects of the course take place on the Stoke campus and will draw upon the experience of practicing teachers as well as highly experienced tutors. The school experience is based in local, carefully selected partnership schools.

The blend of practical experience and university study will be evidenced by the compilation of portfolios and the production of short written academic papers.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum 2:2 honours degree, at least 50% in an appropriate subject.
  • GCSE Mathematics and English grade C qualifications.
  • A good general education.
  • QTS tests in Numeracy and Literacy must be passed before commencement of the course. Ideally these should be taken either before interview or within 6 weeks of an offer. 
  • You will be required to successfully complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application and be certified fit to teach.
  • You must be ICT literate.
  • We recommend you submit a well considered personal statement on the UCAS application form as this is a key part of the short listing process.
  • Some experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting would be beneficial preparation for interview.

Graduate destinations

On completing your Teacher Training course (PGCE) and starting your first teaching job, you can join our Masters course in Education and be in a position of completing your Masters in Education by the end of your second year of teaching.

Student experience

Chloe McCormick has had a career of two halves – first as a commercial photographer and second as a schoolteacher. She graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in Business Management in 2008, taking up a full-time job with Photo Corporation in Northampton.

When she decided it was time for a career change, she returned to the University in 2014 for a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) before joining Walsall Academy.

“I had worked my way up in Photo Corporation over the six years I was there and I thought it was time for a change,”

Chloe explained, “I thought of Staffordshire University and, as it was the only place doing a Business PGCE near to where I live, I went for it.”

Find out more about Chloe's experience


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