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Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

PGCE Secondary Business Studies

Outstanding teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Embedded within our partnership with schools, the PGCE Secondary Business Studies will support you to become an innovative and inspiring secondary teacher.

Our full-time teacher training course spans from the beginning of September to the beginning of July. You'll gain experience in a wide variety of schools including primary and special schools. The programme is structured to ensure that you acquire expertise in core teaching skills and attributes, but also contains enough flexibility to allow you to individualise your training during professional development weeks.

You'll graduate with a PGCE with QTS and 60 Master's Level Credits - these can contribute to a full Master's qualification to further develop your professional and academic expertise.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Academic requirements

  • In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a minimum 2:2 Business-related degree, or an unrelated 2:2 honours degree with 5+ years' relevant business experience.
  • You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or 4 under the new mark scheme) or recognised equivalents in English Language and Maths. We also need the QTS tests in Literacy and Numeracy to be passed, but these can be taken after interview. In addition, for some Secondary programmes, you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

Non-academic requirements

  • The love of and competency in Business is one of the most important aspects of being a good Business Studies teacher. You’ll be enthusiastic about the subject and working with children, with recent experience of observing and/or working in schools. 
  • All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks.

Course modules

The PGCE Secondary programme consists of seamless training both at the University and in school. There are two assessed phases in school – one lasting seven weeks, and the other lasting 14 weeks.

Prior to these are University sessions involving subject pedagogies and knowledge which link to schools through direct classroom sessions.

The Professional Studies programme dovetails both school and University training.

Assessment methods

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. There are five progress review points throughout the PGCE year, which take the form of individual tutorials with your Academic Tutor to monitor your progress and set individual targets for the next phase of training.

The PGCE Secondary programme is a continuous and open assessment of your progress across all aspects of the training: Subject Studies, Professional Studies and school-assessed phases. Three assignments are offered at Level 7 (Postgraduate award) through which you can gain 60 Master's level credits to put towards further part-time study at the University.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full time £ 9,250 (Academic year) Home/EU 12 Months
PGCE Full time £ 13,300 (Academic year) International 12 Months

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