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PGCE Business Education has been designed to train teachers to practice as a subject specialist teacher of 11-16 year olds. You are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) across this age range. This course will also cover vocational qualifications such as BTEC. This one-year course blends theoretical knowledge with carefully supervised teaching experience. You will attend placements in a variety of educational settings, to gain a broad understanding of the realities of secondary level teaching.
This course is taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work, group work, placements, work-based learning, and independent learning.
Placements are an important part of this course where you will benefit from practical learning and be supported by school-based trainers and University-based tutors.
Your progress will be assessed through written assignments, case studies, and assessments of your teaching practice.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
You will usually need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.
You should also have GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English, or equivalent qualifications. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. We will only accept equivalencies from equivalencytesting.com.
In addition to academic qualifications, you must also:
If English is not your first language, you will also need International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.5, with at least 6.5 in writing, and no section below 6.0.
You will be assessed on your potential to learn and not your experience.
All successful applicants will be invited to an interview. Interviews start early November, so we recommend that you apply as soon as UCAS opens, in October.
Please note, applicants with a foundation degree will need to supplement this qualification with at least 60 credits at level 6 (HE level 3) in order to attain an equivalent single qualification.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
Business teachers are in short supply nationally. The Department for Education have announced training bursaries of £12,000 for trainees with a First Class degree, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Masters. See the Get into Teaching website for more details.
Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This degree awards Qualified Teacher Status, which means that when you graduate you’ll be qualified to teach in any state-maintained secondary school in England and Wales. Most graduates from this course go on to teach in secondary schools.
Good teachers are always in high demand. The average starting salary for a teacher is £22,000, and experienced teachers can earn up to £56,000 outside London, and £64,000 in London. Head teachers can reach a salary of between £42,379 and £112,000.
Teachers also benefit from excellent holidays, and the teachers’ pension scheme is the second largest public sector pension scheme in the UK.
The University of Sunderland has partnerships with over 200 schools, in 12 local authorities. You’ll spend at least 120 days on placement. We’ll work with you to find you the perfect placements - schools that can nurture and support your aspirations and interests, and help you become the best secondary teacher you can be.
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