About the PGCE
What is our course like?
The Loughborough PGCE Course trains individuals to teach the 11-18 age range. It is formally registered with the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) as an 11-16 QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) course with post-16 enhancement. In effect, this means that all individuals on the PGCE Course will experience teaching the 11-16 curriculum as well as post-16, and will be qualified to take up teaching posts in all secondary schools covering the 11-18 age range.
The Loughborough PGCE has been designed by university staff and teachers from schools, and is intended to set you on the path to becoming a well informed and reflective professional. The heart of the course is the development of your teaching competences. The course lasts 36 weeks and will give you teaching experience in two different secondary schools. Two thirds of the course is spent in schools where you will have the support and guidance of experienced teachers. For the rest of the time, you will work in the university with tutors and teachers who prepare you for your school experience, and guide you in making the important links between the theoretical and practical components of the course.
Our course will help you to:
- learn how to teach and relate to young people in a variety of learning situations;
- develop the ability to plan sequences of lessons, and to teach and manage pupils effectively;
- gain the confidence and competence to undertake your full role as a teacher within a secondary school;
- develop sufficient knowledge and understanding of educational issues to be able to contribute effectively to the highest standards of teaching and learning, and to whole school improvement.
Alongside teaching experience in schools, you will undertake two other elements within the course:
- Subject Methods courses in which you learn to teach your chosen subject (Physical Education or Mathematics).
- General Professional Studies through which you come to understand the framework of the education system and how to contribute professionally to the wider role of the teacher responsible for the personal, social and health education of pupils.
Loughborough University PGCE trainees have a very good record of gaining fulfilling first teaching posts and many have gone on to rewarding careers at the highest levels of leadership in the profession. You are given support and advice in completing applications for teaching posts and you will leave Loughborough confident of what the profession can offer you, and what you can offer the profession.
We strongly recommend that you opt for accommodation off campus because the PGCE course is longer than undergraduate courses and the flexibility is more suitable to your life as a trainee teacher.
The Student Accommodation Centre can help you to find suitable accommodation off campus; they can be contacted directly by telephone (01509-222258) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What do our trainees say?
I chose to study at Loughborough due to its world-leading reputation for physical education and sport. Also, previous Loughborough students had recommended the 'outstanding' PGCE course. The location in the centre of the UK and its excellent transport links. Loughborough has an outstanding OFSTED rating and I wanted to study at one of the top higher education institutes for sport and physical education in the country, if not the world. Loughborough University has a good reputation within the teaching profession and this provides all graduates with good employment opportunities.
I enjoyed the long placements in schools, and doing something that I really love, as well as meeting a fantastic group of people. After six weeks of university lectures and activities, you begin your first long school placement. This eye opener really prepares you for a life in teaching with a full working week on a reduced timetable. Before you start your second placement at a new school, you return to university for three weeks. While you are on both placements, you experience teaching at all levels which prepares you for working in a school after your PGCE. You work closely with a mentor based at the school to develop your practice, planning and subject knowledge.
Studying at Loughborough was the best decision I have made. The support, guidance, opportunities and friends I have made has made this the best year throughout my education.
I chose Loughborough as it is located in a lovely town, the campus is great and it is renowned for the quality of its PGCE course. I enjoy the mix of lectures, seminars and student-led sessions, and also the hands-on teaching experience.
The teaching on the PGCE course was varied and excellent, and the department was excellent at drawing expertise from outside guests to deliver exceptional lectures. The PGCE consisted of three blocks of sessions at university and two teaching practice of 12 and 10 weeks respectively. This seems like the perfect balance between the need to get theory and ideas before starting to teach and the benefit of getting hands on experience of teaching. If you are considering this course, be ready to work exceptionally hard to reach the high standard expected of teacher trainees at Loughborough. But at the same time make sure you enjoy the course as it is very rewarding.
I am proud to say that I studied at Loughborough University - you don't need to mention how good it is as its reputation precedes it. I also loved the campus, the library and the supportive atmosphere throughout the University.