University of Wolverhampton
Secondary Education Psychology – School Direct (Training)
The School Direct Tuition PGCE route is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your main training placement and provides University and school-based training along with 60 Masters level credits leading to the award of a PGCE at the end of the programme.
Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and may be entitled to bursaries and student loans.
You will need at least a 2.2 Hons in a British Psychology Society accredited Psychology degree. Where the qualification is of a “joint” nature, candidates should have 60% in psychology – though 50% is acceptable where it is matched with a secondary school curriculum subject. Experience of teaching or working with young people will be an advantage.
You should have recent experience of teaching and learning in secondary school or sixth form contexts either through paid employment in school/college or through voluntary work/ observation OR be in the process of arranging to gain this.
GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics (level two numeracy or literacy are not equivalent). Please consult the following guidance on GCSE and equivalent qualifications for entry to initial teacher training courses before applying. If your qualification is not listed please contact us for clarification.
Interview and selection
Once your application has been forwarded to subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed. If you appear suitable, you will be offered an interview where you are required to sit a short subject specific interview/ examination.
The main purpose of the interview is to:
- give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitments to it
- explore your subject strengths and areas for development
- assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
- arrange a partnership school visit as necessary
- answer all of your questions
Over the one year course, you will undertake up to 60 days of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you will spend at least 120 days training in schools.
Your University tutor will be available to assist you throughout your training, and your lead SD school will ensure that you have high-quality school placements where you will learn from experienced teachers.
Teaching on the course will model a range of teaching strategies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and personalised learning. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, classroom based investigations, other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills.
All University-based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus where we have state-of-the-art learning facilities.
Typical modules may include
- Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘collaborative’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
- Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
- Further development through planned classroom activities
- Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
- Research in the University and school on the use of Information Technologies in the teaching of your subject
PGCE: programme structure
Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.
The course comprises ofa main school placement and a second school placement together with periods of University-based tuition. 24 weeks of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools.
Additional training will take place in partner schools other than your SD 'placement' schools such as a Primary school experience and enhancement opportunities in special school settings. Support is available throughout your training from your university tutors and from a team of experienced teachers accredited by the University as your School Direct tutors.
The fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact 01902 323135 for further information.
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