Enthusiastic, innovative and imaginative, are you bursting with business expertise that you want to share with young people? Then this course could be your gateway to success. Through developing key skills and gaining excellent teaching experience, you will be able to inspire the entrepreneurs and CEOs of the future to reach their maximum potential.
Through interactive workshops, tutorials, lectures and debates, our team of expert staff at Middlesex University will equip you with the skills and experience necessary to educate and inspire secondary pupils. A one-year full-time course, PGCE Secondary Business Studies enables you to meet the national standards for the award of qualified teacher status.
In addition to developing your leadership and communication skills, our course will enhance your ability to analyse, plan and solve business and management problems. During your studies, you will have the opportunity to undertake teaching placements in at least two secondary schools, allowing you the chance to acquire skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. Schools are carefully selected to suit each individual and expose them to a wide variety of imaginative and thought provoking learning strategies. Key experts from our partner schools will always be on hand to offer invaluable mentoring and support.
School Experience 1 (20 Credits) – Compulsory
This module aims to prepare students for their first school experience. It develops their preparation skills and enables collaboration with their fellow students, subject mentors, and co-ordinating mentors. Students learn to address and meet the expectations specified by the statutory teaching standards. The school-based element of this module lasts for 50 days.
School Experience 2 (40 Credits) – Compulsory
This module encourages students to build on the experience gained in School Experience 1. It aims to provide an extended, individual school experience across the age ranges 11-16, 11-18 or 14-19. Students undertake 74 days of teaching across a six-month period, so that they can address the standards specified by the statutory teaching standards.
Studies in your specialist subject (includes Professional Studies)
This is a structured programme of subject teaching methodology and application workshops and seminars. You will develop the knowledge and skills required to teach your chosen subject. You will be able to identify and evaluate effective strategies for assessing children's learning in the selected subject, through formative and summative assessment strategies.
You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will understand the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT in delivering an effective curriculum and as transferable skills. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach your subject effectively.
Professional studies is a programme of lectures and seminars focusing on contemporary issues in education and professional development. This part of the course takes place partly at the University and partly at school through lectures, workshops and seminars to mixed subject groups.
You will find this an intensive 36-week course, during which you will be expected to to carry out assignments during the Christmas and Easter holiday periods.
Students spend at least 120 days in schools, this includes two block School Experiences, where they teach for approximately 60% of the timetable. Each School Experience has a block element to provide students with a sustained teaching experience over the complete teaching week. The rest of the programme (60 days) is university based, where students attend lectures, seminars and practical workshops.
Subject studies are assessed by a portfolio of coursework and a school-based special study (a teaching resource). Progressive developments of teaching skills are recorded using criteria referenced assessment proforma. Professional studies are assessed by a range of written tasks. Observation of the students, teaching and evaluative discussions with course tutors and school based mentors and teachers.
You need at least a 2.2 Bachelor degree in a subject relevant to your chosen subject area. You must also have a GCSE grade C or above in English and maths, or equivalency tests such as A Star or Equivalency Testing, or international qualifications where equivalency is certified by NARIC. It is also recommended that you undertake at least two weeks work experience within a Secondary Business Studies classroom before applying.
Prior to commencing the course, you must pass Department for Education professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. You are advised to pass them wherever possible before your interview in order to give yourself the best possible chance of success. However if you haven't passed at the time of the interview and you receive an offer it will be conditional on passing the tests by a nominated date. Please see further information about how to prepare and book for the professional skills tests.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see entry requirements.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification.
To begin the course you must also complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check, submit a health questionnaire and complete a placement form. Further details will be sent to you once you receive an offer.
You need to apply via the UCAS website. The institution code for Middlesex is M80, and the code name is MIDDX. You also need the code for the course you wish to apply for – this is N1X1.
Our admission team will then consider your application, and we will contact you to inform you whether you have been shortlisted.
If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Invites will be sent by email, so please check your email account regularly, including the spam folders.
If you are successful at interview, you will then be offered a place on the course subject to academic, health and police check requirements. Your offer will also be conditional subject to passing the Department for Education professional skills tests by a nominated date, in the event that you have not already passed the skills tests at the time of the interview.
Middlesex University has consistently high employment rates for its teaching programmes. We have excellent relationships with schools in north London, Essex and Hertfordshire and many of our graduates start their first teaching post at the school where they completed a placement during the programme.
Our course gives you qualified teacher status. Teaching is a profession with excellent progression and benefits and our graduates have an excellent reputation within the profession. Our employment rates are extremely high with 93% of our PGCE graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation, earning an average starting salary of £26,000.
PGCE Business Studies
I chose to apply to PGCE Business Studies at Middlesex because they were one of the few universities in London that provide a wide range of subjects such as Business Studies. They also have experienced professionals who guide you throughout the course. The course was everything I thought it was going to be; my programme leader for Business Studies was fantastic and a great support to me and my peers on the course. Choosing to do a PGCE Business Studies at Middlesex University was one of the best decisions I have made.
The fees below refer to the 2015/16 academic year unless otherwise stated.
£9,000 per year full time
UK/EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan which covers your fees and is only repayable after your graduate. In addition, UK students may be eligible for additional grants and loans. Visit our postgraduate funding page to find out more.
All students on ITT (Initial Teacher Training) courses must pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before the commencement of the course. We strongly encourage candidates to complete the tests prior to applying to Middlesex University. Candidates who are invited to interview and attend the interview having successfully completed the tests will be viewed favourably.
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