PGCE learning and assessment

We believe in the holistic nature of teaching and so, rather than separate theory and practice, we have developed an integrated programme of school and faculty work with each module planned, taught and assessed by a partnership of school mentors and faculty tutors.

All modules are assessed by coursework or by practical teaching. Assessment is designed to ensure that you can achieve the professional standards required by the Department for Education.

You’ll maintain professional development and subject knowledge profiles which will chart your development in meeting the professional standards.

In all modules there will be a number of short tasks as well as the main assessment activity. These will usually involve presentations, preparing for seminars, information communication technology tasks or preparation for work in schools.

All the assignments are based around school experience and are designed to be learning experiences shared with other students, mentors and tutors. You’ll be expected to draw on your experience of teaching as well as providing evidence of reading and reflection.

We recognise that some of the assignments may require you to develop new skills, for example academic writing and the use of particular computer software, and that you may feel anxious about this. For this reason considerable tutorial support is provided and you are encouraged to use it.