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What makes PGCE Secondary Business with Economics at Worcester so special?

Whether your background is in business or economics, this course builds on your strengths while developing your employability and skills to teach both subjects. Teaching is informed by current research and you are encouraged to engage in the literature and debates about education to maximise your development. Your two contrasting placements are carefully thought out and tailored to meet your development needs and subject specialism. You will be supported and challenged by mentors working in business and economics departments in partnership schools and colleges.

The training prepares you to teach GCSE, A Level and vocational courses. Additional opportunities include planning and delivering an enterprise day to younger pupils and a financial awareness day at a special needs school. Visits to an independent school and a college enhance your experiences further.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Explore a wide range of strategies for teaching business and economics concepts and develop your subject knowledge throughout the course
  • Access to a vast amount of resources on teaching and learning and also business and economics through university sessions and the Hive
  • Consider what effective learning and teaching looks like in a business and economics classroom through reflecting on your own learning and exploring research evidence
  • Discuss the place of business and economics in the curriculum and the current issues within business and economics education
  • Opportunities for personal development through taking a leading role in key subject days in schools, encouragement to participate in all aspects of school life whilst on placement. Many business and economics trainees also enjoy the Aspiring Leaders enhancement activity

NB Business with Economics is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree (normally 2:2 or higher) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in Economics, Business or a related subject such as Accounting and Finance.
    Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Grade C/4 at GCSE in English and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry.
  • School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them 

For further information contact y.cashmore@worc.ac.uk

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk

If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

Professional skills tests

All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The tests are required in addition to your mathematics and English GCSEs, and are designed to show that you have the basic levels of literacy and numeracy needed to teach to a national standard. They will not test your knowledge of the curriculum or how to teach.

The first three attempts at taking your skills tests in each subject are provided free of charge.

Support we offer

We offer free skills tests workshops if you have accepted a place on the course. If you are unsuccessful on your first attempt of the skills test then we will also provide one-to-one support in both numeracy and literacy.

Find out more about our skills tests workshops and support.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of tutors in partnership with school mentors with excellent current practice in business and economics.
  • An excellent teacher requires confident delivery of subject knowledge and an understanding about how pupils learn. The majority of your time in university is in subject workshops working in a group of specialist business and economics trainees.

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Design and deliver an Enterprise Day in school
  • Visit a college and see the FE and HE options available to your students 
  • Explore a range of qualifications with experts from Awarding Bodies
  • Develop reflective practitioners prepared for a career in teaching
  • Begin networking and start the publishing side of your career

Pedagogy

  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of learning and teaching styles, and classroom organisation.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Explore a range of practices and wider issues of education.
  • Understand equality and develop inclusive teaching strategies.
  • Develop your research skills as teachers with these skills are capable of bringing about change.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: Citizenship - English as an Additional Language -  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Technology Enhanced Learning

School Experience

  • Grow through at least 120 days placement in our strong school network across the counties. Experience at least 2 contrasting schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects (100% in 2018)
  • Receive ongoing professional support from trainee, to NQT, to RQT and beyond
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

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Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings.
  • Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
  • University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
  • Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint service
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Assessment

  • Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
  • The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Yvonne Cashmore

Since joining the university in 2013 as PGCE Course Leader for Economics and Business Yvonne has enjoyed training Business and Economics teachers, teaching professional studies and working with mentors.

She has run many TeachMeets, both in university and in partnership with schools which have enabled trainees, NQTs and experienced teachers the opportunity to share their excellent practice in teaching and learning.

Careers

Where could it take you?

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  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching

Chandra

"Since finishing my PGCE at the University of Worcester I have had many exciting different opportunities.  I started as an NQT economics teacher and that year became a deputy head of year. I was fortunate enough to move across to the child protection and coordinatior role which was a whole new challenge.

 "Following this, I've worked as Careers coordinator and subject lead for Business as a new school. Teaching opens so many avenues, ones that you never knew would be accessible to you in such a short space of time!"

Chloe

"Completing my PGCE at Worcester prepared me well for my NQT year, from planning lessons and resources with other trainees to learning about the theory about teaching and learning. The most important thing I learnt was how to manage workload and there’s no such thing as being too organised!

"From the moment I started my first day as an NQT I knew I wanted to progress quite quickly. I started off by offering to do lunchtime duties and supporting the pupils with extra curricular activities. The opportunity arose for temporary assistant head of house and following on from this I became head of department.

"I am now in my second year of teaching and first year as head of department and this has allowed me to expand and develop my knowledge of teaching in a short space of time. As part of this role I am also working with trainees and I’m an NQT mentor."

Owen

"After thoroughly enjoying economics at sixth form and then going on to study economics at University I felt that I wanted to go into teaching Economics myself.

"My passion for solely teaching economics at a sixth form level was something I was concerned about going into a secondary PGCE Business and Economics course. That being said, my passion was immediately recognised and my tutor ensured I had placement schools that had this on offer. Early on I enjoyed the Business and Economics teaching as the variety on offer meant every day was different.

"With an extremely comprehensive teacher training course including group discussions, teaching support, interview support, and more; I could not have asked for a more dedicated course tutor. This enabled me to fulfil my passion as I am now a sixth form teacher of economics at Bromsgrove School, as well as being an A level examiner.

"The opportunities go beyond just teaching however as I have been employed by various practice paper and revision companies to author practice papers and exemplar exam material, which I would not have been able to do without the experience and support from Yvonne on this PGCE course."

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £13,300 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You can get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled.

Most courses are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Part-time route

You can apply to study this course on a part-time basis.

The part-time route runs for 4 school terms and starts in September each year. You will spend terms 1 and 2 in one school and terms 3 and 4 in a second school. In the first 3 terms you will typically spend 3 days per week on the course, either in school or university. Term 4 will be full time in school.

The bursary will be spread across four terms, and the fees will be the same as the full time route.

For more information get in touch via details below. You can also discuss this route in more detail at interview.

Applying through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Secondary PGCE Office

Yvonne Cashmore

Personal Academic Tutor