“Warwick trainees are highly regarded. All trainees are very well prepared to teach because of the high-quality training that establishes an excellent balance between promoting practical teaching strategies, a broad range of subject knowledge and a strong grasp of pedagogy consistent with a research-based university.”
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Routes to Suit You
There are now three routes into teaching:
School-Led (School Direct Training)
School-Led (School Direct Salaried)
"The teacher training at Warwick was fantastic. Knowledgeable staff, engaging lectures and several opportunities to learn outside the school or lecture room. The course equipped me with the practical skills, subject knowledge and confidence to become an outstanding teacher. The analogy of the PGCE course being like climbing a mountain is spot on. It is very challenging, but if you keep going - the view from the top is amazing! I now teach Reception and it does not feel like work at all - it is a pleasure."
Donna, PGCE Alumna
University-Led (Core) Route
Read more about the University-Led (Core) route.
"The course at Warwick was so tough. We were really pushed to perform our best, there was a real sense of passion and commitment to excellence and there were such high expectations. This is, of course, very reflective of the profession itself though, so it was intense but it needed to be. It really toughened me up and gave me such a range of experiences with different schools, staff and teaching practices that it has given me an amazing foundation."
Gemma, PGCE Alumna
• Professional Studies - develops a good understanding of the key factors in successful learning and teaching. It deals with central issues of planning, teaching, assessing and behaviour management as well as addressing such issues as safeguarding of children
Course work focusing on a key issue and combining theory with your practice in school
Masters level assignment – 5,000 words
Course work focusing on one aspect of practice in each of the 3 core subjects
Looking at practice in one strand within your Specialism across a range of contexts
Masters level assignment – 3,000 words
e-presentation – 2,000 words
Meeting the Teachers’ Standards – at a Good or Outstanding level
Weekly observations by School Mentor
Visit by Link Tutor
Tutorials with Personal Tutor
Feedback on Assignments: All assignments are submitted in electronic form. The University tutors provide formal feedback which will identify the strengths of the academic piece and also provide trainees with actions for future work.
- Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience in contrasting settings
- Learn to teach phonics and early reading, writing and early mathematics as well as foundation subjects
- Assess pupils effectively to assist in promoting pupil progress across the curriculum
- Learn to manage pupils' behaviour and maintain a purposeful learning environment
- Become a critical thinker, able to reflect on and evaluate your professional practice
- Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations
- Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society
- Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources
- Leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your teaching career.
You can read more about the skills needed to teach this age group here
"Studying at Warwick gave me a solid foundation for my career as a teacher. Some great lectures, visits and guest speakers provided some useful information to help me on my way. Warwick also arranged some brilliant teaching placements for me where I got up and taught in front of a class for the first time! I would definitely recommend Warwick."
Yasser, PGCE Alumnus
- Three extended Professional Practice Placements - in contrasting settings (25 days, 25 days and 40 days respectively)
- Experiential days - mini-placements (focusing on EAL, SEN, Phonics, Outside Learning Contexts)
- Serial Days - 11 further days of observation organised by the University
- Special School Experience – a week of observation in a Special School organised by the university.
"The course gave me lots of experiences of different types of schools which was good.
The English, French and Science programmes were also particularly interesting and I gained a lot of good tips from the tutors who ran those sessions."
Claire, PGCE Alumna
Warwick tutors are absolutely brilliant. They really support you through the good times and the bad. They have a wealth of knowledge and my school was really impressed that I'd been trained by some of the most respected names in Education.
John, PGCE Alumnus
The PGCE course at Warwick gave me an excellent grounding in my subject area, teaching and learning and the initial expedience in the classroom. I have been promoted each year that I have been in teaching. I firmly believe the training at Warwick gave me the skills to aid my progression.
Andrew, PGCE Alumnus
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