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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Education - PGCE (postgraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

Education-PGCE (Primary and Secondary)

1. Content of the course 

There are no planned changes to the course content.

2. Length of the course 

There are no planned changes to the length of the course.

3. How your course will be delivered 

New students 

The ITE provision for both Primary and Secondary will be delivered through blended learning, comprising of online delivery of lectures and associated seminars using the online platform Zoom and in-person on campus practical sessions. Materials for each lecture will be posted on the virtual learning platform Blackboard, where recordings of online lectures will also be stored. Students will be expected to attend in-person practical sessions that take place on campus. All in-person on campus teaching will be in Uxbridge. For ITE students, two thirds of the course are spent in school placements. This component of the course will not change.

There are no changes to assessment, when there are presentations these will take place online or on campus where logistically feasible to do so.

Returning students 

Returning students will be resitting the placement module which is entirely school based. There is no teaching planned, only 1:1 tutorials with personal tutors which will take place online using Zoom.

4. Cost of the course 

Travel costs to placement schools can vary considerably with personal circumstances, including where student teachers live. The highest travel cost seen during the last academic year was as high as £30 per day for a student living a long way out of our partnership area; for most students it is considerably less. There are a minimum of 120 placement days in the course; commonly this is closer to 125. The monthly training bursary, for students in receipt of it, is intended to offset the cost of these out-of-pocket expenses. Primary PGCE and some Secondary PGCE students do not receive a training bursary so travel will be at their own expense.

Enhanced DBS check: Home fee -paying students completing the application in the UK: £46.81 - ID check: No charge if carried out on Brunel campus, £11 charge if the ID check is carried out at a Post Office. EU and Overseas fee-paying students, or anyone completing the application outside of the UK: Total cost £57.81

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.
If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

There are no planned changes to the qualification that is being awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

We provide set times where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders about academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment. You can find these hours on Blackboard Learn and in your module booklets.  

You can book your slot by emailing your lecturer. We will be holding these virtually until it is safe to hold these appointments on campus.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need. 

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you.  

You can attend our virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions which are advertised on Blackboard Learn, or request a session by emailing your personal tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account, including a newsletter once a term, so please keep an eye on your emails. 

We host department assemblies where you will receive department updates and get to hear from lecturers and your peers. These take place at least once a term and you’ll receive an email invitation. 

Our programmes feature a range of opportunities including trips and visits, once it is safe to do so we will resume these.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student Reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the University and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your Student Representatives or through your Programme Leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You can join our student societies, we have one for each subject area including Politics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology. You can join these societies through the Union of Brunel Students or contact your course rep to find out more. We have Facebook groups for these societies too.

Our department also has a Postgraduate Research Society, if you would like to join this please contact your PGR Director.

You can join our social media groups to keep in touch with your peers and exchange knowledge.  Find out how to do this by contacting your course rep.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CBASS-TPO-GASK@brunel.ac.uk


Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21