What to expect

Teaching and learning

Participation in the PGCE course is an active process. Although there are lectures and presentations, much of the course centres on workshops, seminars and school and classroom activities.

Activities emphasise team work and require trainees to share the responsibility for their learning.

Throughout the course, trainees are given guidance and support by mentors in school as well as their university tutors.

‌Assessment‌

‌The practical teaching requirements and formal written assignments are designed not just to provide evidence that trainees have reached the required Teachers' Standards but also as useful learning activities in themselves. Assessment is continuous, across all aspects of the course.

Trainees complete 3 Masters level assignments (60 Masters level credits).

Our secondary PGCE programmes prepare trainees to teach across the 11-16 age range. As part of the Post-16 Enhancement we offer trainees a range of experiences to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills for teaching at Post 16.

School experience

School experience forms the backbone of the PGCE course.

The pattern of school experience allows trainees to gain deepening insights into teaching and learning, and systematically supports the development of professional knowledge and teaching skills.

University tutors and school teachers work together to manage school experiences, to link these to university‑based activities and to direct trainees to appropriate reading.

The main phases of school experience for University of York PGCE includes:

  • An initial primary school placement (10 days)
  • A two days per week Autumn term placement, plus two four week teaching placement blocks in the first school (54 days)
  • A nine week block teaching placement in a second school placement (47 days)
  • A period of Professional Enrichment during the Summer term (10 days)

The main phases of school experience for The Pathfinder Alliance School Direct PGCE includes:

  • An initial primary school placement (5 days)
  • A one week Pathfinder Induction at Archbishop Holgate School (5 days)
  • Six Wednesdays during Autumn term in Archbishop Holgate School, focusing on Whole School Issues (6 days)
  • A two days per week Autumn term placement, plus two four week teaching placement blocks in the first school (54 days)
  • A nine week block teaching placement in a second school placement (45 days)
  • A period of Professional Enrichment during the Summer term (10 days)
  • Two final weeks in Pathfinder schools, working on school-based projects

The main phases of school experience for the Yorkshire Training School Alliance School Direct PGCE includes:

  • Induction at St. Aidan's CE High School
  • Five days Primary Placement (5 days)
  • A two days per week Autumn term placement, plus two four week teaching placement blocks in the first school (54 days)
  • 11 Wednesdays at St. Aidan's CE High School focusing on Whole School Issues (11 days)
  • A nine week teaching placement in a second school (45 days)
  • A period of Professional Enrischment, during the Summer term (10 days)
  • A final period at St. Aidan's CE High School at the end of the course (2 days)


Contact us

educ530@york.ac.uk
01904 323454

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