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Secondary Economics and Business Education

PGCE

Small class sizes

We’ll support you through your first experiences of teaching

Hands-on training

Achieve your PGCE qualification and Qualified Teacher Status in 36 weeks

Local partnerships

We aim to keep your journey to placements within 40 minutes

UCAS code:
2C34
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Duration:
9 Months
Start date:
7 September 2020
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Set children up for success with key skills they’ll use throughout their education and professional life. At Staffordshire University, we’ll guide you through your first experiences teaching economics and business, help you plan lessons and understand how young people learn.

From entrepreneurship to international trade, studying business and economics gives young people an insight into the way the world works.

We’ve designed this course to help you understand how to support KS3, KS4, and KS5 students. You’ll develop the skills you need to make sure your class enjoy learning.

Throughout your training, you’ll get hands-on experience on placement. We’ll also schedule sessions on campus to help you learn how to assess students and plan lessons.

From getting the most out of your induction, to tips on teaching your first lesson, your personal tutor will be there to support you on every step of your PGCE journey.

You can find out more about careers in teaching at our “I want to teach” event.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PGCE Secondary Economics and Business Education

Work placements

At Staffordshire University, we have close links with partner schools across the region.

We’ll always aim to arrange placements within 40 minutes of where you live.

We have partnership schools in Stoke, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, West Midlands and Birmingham.

Course content

Our Business and Economics PGCE takes 36 weeks to complete. This school-led course includes a one-week induction to prepare you for your placement and weekly sessions to develop your knowledge of the curriculum.

To give you experience in the classroom, you’ll spend at least 120 days working in two local secondary schools as well as visiting a local primary school. But, don’t worry, you won’t have the pressure of teaching an entire lesson straight away.

Your training will begin with observing a teacher and helping with group work. Then you’ll share the classes with the teacher and work towards teaching lessons independently.

Alongside teaching, you’ll join in with day-to-day life at the school. Each school has a professional mentor to help you understand the ethos, pastoral care systems, legal and social framework, and supporting services.

You’ll also have weekly meetings with your subject or class mentor to help you prepare for teaching, review lessons, and develop your subject knowledge.

You can apply for this course via UCAS Teacher Training at Staffordshire University.

We also offer this course via School Direct partners including:

For this course, you need a degree in Business, Economics or a related subject and a GCSE grade C/4 or above in both English Language and Mathematics.

We also expect you to be confident in technology and ideally have already gained some experience working with or observing secondary age students in a school setting.

After you apply, we’ll arrange a selection interview. During the interview process we will assess your subject knowledge and personal qualities, such as communication skills, resilience for teaching, and how easy you’ll find it to relate to secondary age students.

If you accept a formal offer, you’ll need to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and you’ll need clearance to work with children (Enhanced DBS).

Facilities

Careers

With a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you’ll be ready to teach business and economics in schools across England.

Most of our graduates secure their first teaching position while on the PGCE, with many of them securing roles within our partnership schools.

After you’ve completed this course, you can join our Masters in Education. Your PGCE gives you Masters credits which means you’ll be fast tracked and can complete this course by the end of your second year of teaching.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

When you’re not on placement, we’ll help you reflect on your experiences, exchange ideas and overcome challenges. You’ll also:

  • Learn in small groups
  • Use roleplay to develop your knowledge of the secondary curriculum
  • Discuss ideas and challenges you face in group and individual tutorials
  • Reflect on your placement experiences

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

Assessment

Assessment for your PGCE involves portfolio work, assignments, and observed classroom practice. We’ll often ask you to reflect on approaches you’ve used in the classroom and their effectiveness.

You’ll also be regularly observed by your school-based mentor and university tutor. Working with your placement schools, we’ll identify areas of professional practice that you find challenging.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do. We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

For the course starting on 7 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per course
International (Non-EU)
£14,000 per course

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.

Our students

Carly-Jade Newnes
PGCE Business and Economics 2017

The high level of support throughout the course was amazing, from induction right through to graduation (and I’m still supported now as an NQT). The award leader was always there to listen when I needed help and the friends that I met on the course will be friends for life, which you certainly need as a teacher.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
PGCE
Full-time
7 September 2020

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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