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PGCE Secondary Education Business Studies

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September 2018
1 year full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU)
£12,500 (INT)
Course leader
Lech Wersocki

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.

Why study PGCE Secondary Business Studies at Middlesex?

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. We have excellent relationships with schools in London, Essex and Hertfordshire and 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.

Course highlights

  • Many of our graduates have their first teaching job at the schools where they had a placement
  • The diverse teaching placements enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multi faith settings and schools in an international, urban environment
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What you will study on the PGCE Secondary Business Studies?

You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach your subject effectively.

What will you gain?

In addition to developing the knowledge and skills required to teach your chosen subject, you will also 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 understand the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT in delivering an effective, all-round curriculum.

  • Modules

    • School-Based Training 1 (20 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to prepare you during your first school experience. It develops your preparation skills and enables collaboration with your fellow students, subject mentors, and professional coordinating mentors. You will learn to address and meet the expectations specified by the statutory teaching standards. The school-based element of this module lasts for approximately 50 days.

    • School-Based Training 2 (40 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module encourages you to build upon the experience gained in School Experience 1. It aims to provide an extended, individual school experience across the age ranges of 11-16, 11-18 or 14-19. You will undertake 74 days of teaching across a six-month period, so you can address the standards specified by the Teachers' Standards.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the PGCE Secondary Education Business Studies taught?

This is an intensive 36-week course, during which you will be expected to to carry out assignments during the Christmas and Easter holiday periods. You will spend at least 120 days in schools, where you will be teaching for approximately 60% of the timetable. Each period of School-Based Training is over four days each week with one day in University (totalling 60 days) where you will attend lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

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. This is a structured programme of English teaching methodology and application workshops and seminars.


Subject studies are assessed in a variety of ways including 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, observations, and teaching and evaluative discussions with course tutors, and school-based mentors and teachers.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the PGCE Secondary Business Studies support your career?

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.

  • Middlesex staff profile

    Alpa Kalyan

    PGCE Secondary Education Business Studies graduate

    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.

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