PGCE
10 months full time, 21 months part time
Starts September 2017

Media Studies

This course prepares you to successfully start your career as a new teacher – you’ll benefit from our excellent record in employment. You’ll learn to teach in schools in East or West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, Surrey, Hampshire or Kent.

School-led teacher education is provided by experienced mentors and professional tutors, and is supported by University tutors throughout the year.

We'll make all reasonable efforts to provide the course as set out here. For the school-experience component of the PGCE, we'll aim to find you a placement within 50 miles of the University or your home. If we can't secure enough placements, we may have to withdraw an offer of a place on the course.

Key facts

  • We develop our trainees’ skills as reflective practitioners using an innovative range of assessment modes that enable individuals to succeed.
  • We train teachers who demonstrate a strong core philosophy about effective children’s learning, and who are critically challenging and questioning.
  • Our employability records surpass national benchmarks: 100% of Primary trainees have found jobs year-on-year, and 100% have stayed in their roles over the last four years. All Secondary PGCE subjects exceed national expectations.

How will I study?

All teachers are prepared to meet a set of national professional standards, recognised by the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

In preparation for QTS, teachers prepare critical reflections of achievement, charting progress over the academic year. It includes evidence of lesson observations, engagement with professional development, and self-designed teaching and learning materials.

The main elements of the PGCE course are:

  • Professional Knowledge for Schools
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Professional Practice.

At all stages, assessment is shared between school-based professionals and University tutors.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at eswadmissions@sussex.ac.uk

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Applying Professional Knowledge

      30 credits
      All Year Teaching, Year 1

      This module develops your understanding of your subject curriculum, lesson planning and critical reflection on your own practice. During this time you will design and teach your own unit of work (UoW) and then critically evaluate its planning and impact in your placement school.

      Teaching on this module is delivered though Curriculum Studies at university and in school-based application in your teaching. However, your wider professional knowledge and understanding is inextricably linked and elements of the Professional Studies lecture programme, incorporated in the Professional Knowledge for Schools module are both relevant and essential. Consequently, theory, knowledge and understanding are integrated with practice, with that which is learned at university being applied in the classroom, having been carefully planned, executed and then fully evaluated.

      These themes are then followed up and developed in Curriculum Studies by tutors who provide the subject specific contexts. The mode of delivery in Curriculum Studies is through workshops, lecture style inputs from tutors and other subject experts, and seminars. You will be introduced to current curriculum developments, initiatives and professional issues in your subject discipline. Study Direct forums provide opportunities for you to explore issues and ideas with tutors and in peer learning situations. Tutorials also allow you to present your ideas for your assignment and receive feedback.

      An understanding of the curriculum and the frameworks in which subject knowledge is organised and delivered (National Curriculum, GCSE & A level specifications, etc) will be key requirements, along with the associated modes of assessment for learning. This module directly links to Curriculum Studies 1: Understanding Professional Knowledge where you will have prepared a literature review which is intended to inform your pedagogy and design of your own unit of work. Curriculum Studies 2 will be integrated into both university and school-based learning. The assignment of 5000 words is based around a unit of work. Its purpose is to develop strategies for effective short and medium term planning and to strengthen the process of evaluation and reflection. As such this assignment offers you the opportunity to make progress towards a number of Standards for QTS.

      For the assignment, you will consult with your curriculum tutor and appropriate school based tutor to identify an appropriate topic in your specialist curriculum area (KS two, KS three, KS four or Post 16) to plan and develop into a unit of work responding to the specific needs of pupils in your placement school. The unit of work itself should be designed so that it could be taught over a period of approximately six hours pupil contact time as a norm. The unit of work should be taught in part or in full during the spring term and issues arising from its teaching fully evaluated.

    • Professional Practice 1

      15 credits
      Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In this course, you will be given the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge and understanding in a phase/subject specialism in a school and classroom context. This is a current statutory requirement for Initial Teacher Training (TDA, 2007). You will be working towards the standards for Qualified Teacher Status in your professional practice.

      The course will include the following: an induction week programme, providing an introduction to school policies and procedures; opportunities to observe experienced practitioners in your specialist subject/phase; one hour of dedicated mentor time per week, focusing on subject knowledge and pedagogy; regular professional studies seminars organised by the school's professional tutor; phased introduction to teaching, including a negotiated timetable of classes across KS two, three, four and Post 16 (where appropriate), amounting to a total of 12 hours (eight hours classroom teaching and four hours other professional duties); one formal observation once a week by the mentor or designated other teacher in the department, with written and oral feedback; where required, one observation by the school's professional tutor, with written and oral feedback; one or two observations by the university curriculum tutor, with written and oral feedback; access to school resources, including ICT; opportunities to take part in wider school life, eg trips, clubs, tutor groups, parents' evenings; time to reflect critically on this experience, plan lessons and prepare resources.

    • Reflecting on Professional Knowledge

      30 credits
      Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In this year long module you will focus on developing and auditing your professional knowledge and reflecting critically upon how this has emerged from academic study, your own classroom experiences and investigations, and your work with other professional practitioners.

      Central to this process will be your ability to organise and verbally articulate the evidence you need to demonstrate QTS, understand how scholarship and research has informed your development and identify ongoing targets for professional development.

      A key target of yours will be reflection upon your own understanding in your curriculum area.

      This will require regular audits of subject knowledge and the identification of strengths and needs. Gaps in subject knowledge will become a focus for personal research, and the presentation of new curriculum knowledge will be a key requirement as will an understanding of the frameworks in which that knowledge is organised and delivered as part of the school curriculum (National Curriculum, GCSE & A-Level specifications, etc.) and the associated modes of assessment for learning.

      You will also be introduced to current developments, initiatives and professional issues in education, and critically reflect upon the intersection between theoretical positions, your own classroom practice and observations, and the guidance offered by experienced professionals.

      Such professional studies are likely to include the following (amongst others):

      • classroom and behaviour management
      • new technologies in education
      • child protection
      • diversity in education
      • assessment for learning
      • special educational needs (SEN)
      • child development
      • citizenship in the curriculum
      • how children learn:  personal, social and health education
      • role of parents and carers
      • equal opportunities
      • prevention strategy
      • cross-curricular issues
      • literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
      • English as an Additional Language

      Professional knowledge will be developed within the context of current research, reviews, primary sources, and other source materials and teaching in specialist subjects, as well as recent inspection findings and government reports.

      Assessment is through the presentation of a portfolio to two assessors in the form of a professional dialogue viva.

    • Professional Practice 2

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In this module, you will be given the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge and understanding in a phase/subject specialism in a school and classroom context. This is a current statutory requirement for Initial Teacher Training (TDA, 2007). You will be working towards the standards for Qualified Teacher Status in your professional practice.

      The module will include the following: an induction week programme, providing an introduction to school policies and procedures; opportunities to observe experienced practitioners in the your specialist subject/phase; one hour of dedicated mentor time per week, focusing on subject knowledge and pedagogy; regular professional studies seminars organised by the school's professional tutor; phased introduction to teaching, including a negotiated timetable of classes across KS two, three, four and Post 16 (where appropriate), amounting to a total of 12 hours (eight hours classroom teaching and four hours other professional duties); one formal observation once a week by the mentor or designated other teacher in the department, with written and oral feedback; where required, one observation by the school's professional tutor, with written and oral feedback; one or two observations by the university curriculum tutor, with written and oral feedback; access to school resources, including ICT; opportunities to take part in wider school life, eg trips, clubs, tutor groups and parents' evenings.

Entry requirements

You must be a graduate of an approved institution of Higher Education or validating body from a course that is recognised as being equivalent to at least a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree. You must also have passed the equivalent of GCSE English and Mathematics (Grade C) and complete professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy. Evidence of having gained these qualifications must be provided at interview.

How to apply for the PGCE
You should apply through UCAS Teacher Training. You must provide an appropriate written reference on your application form, which should be an academic reference if you are at university or college. If you finished your studies in the last five years, your principal referee should be a tutor or lecturer who can comment on your academic achievements and your personal qualities. If you finished your studies more than five years ago, your principal referee should be a responsible person who knows you well enough to write with authority about you, such as an employer. No candidate will be offered a place without being interviewed. Interviews serve not only as a selection device, but also as an opportunity for further explanation and questions. Unfortunately, we are unable to reimburse travel and other expenses incurred in attending for an interview.

Working with children
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) provides, through a disclosure service, access to records held nationwide by the police and the DfE. As initial teacher education modules involve working with children, all prospective trainees must pay a fee to obtain a satisfactory DBS check before starting an initial teacher training course.

Mental and physical fitness to teach
All trainees must be screened for mental and physical fitness to teach by the Occupational Health Department at the University. A charge is made for the service.

Withdrawal of offer
The University will make all reasonable efforts to provide the course as set out in this prospectus. However, it may be obliged to withdraw an offer of a place if it cannot obtain sufficient placements for the school experience component of the course, where trainees are placed in a school within a 50-mile radius of the University or of the home of the student.

English language requirements

Higher level (IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

Home: £9,250 per year

EU: £9,250 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £9,250 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship

PGCE First-Generation Scholars Award (2017)

£600 maintenance award to PGCE students with a household income below £42,875

Find out more about the PGCE First-Generation Scholars Award

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Pakistan Scholarships

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex.


Faculty

Meet the people teaching and supervising on your course.

Careers

On graduation, you’ll have the skills and expertise to successfully start as a new teacher. We offer a support package to newly qualified teachers during their first year of teaching.

In addition, successful candidates can transfer up to 90 Masters-level credits on to the MA in Education.

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Education were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our graduates are employed as primary, secondary, and FE/HE teachers all over the world. Recent students have gone on to roles such as:

  • horticultural educator, Royal Horticultural Society
  • teacher, Dorothy Stringer High School
  • advisory teacher, East Sussex County Council.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

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