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PGDE Secondary (Home Economics)

Are you are a health sciences, food or science-related graduate looking for an inspiring, challenging and socially-empowering career? This new one-year course will give you an internationally recognised qualification to become a secondary school Home Economics teacher.

The course will take you way beyond the kitchen to explore vital contemporary issues in home economics such as the correlation between nutrition, wellbeing and cognitive/emotional development. You’ll learn how help build resilient and sustainable communities through a better understanding of the basics of nutrition and health equality. As a graduate of this unique course you’ll have gained the practical skills and research-driven knowledge you need to help young people face the challenges of 21st century citizenship. 

On the 25 February the Scottish Government announced a bursary scheme for those looking to change careers and train for high-demand teaching roles in STEM, including Home Economics.  For more information see the Scottish Government press release.

 Applications for the £20,000 bursary open on February 25 for postgraduate teacher training courses beginning in August 2019.

 For further details on eligibility and how to apply please see the STEM Bursary Scotland website

Please note that this course is currently in development and the information provided here, with the exception of the entry requirements, has not yet been finalised. Please check this page for further updates. The course is subject to accreditation by The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

 

 

Why QMU?

  • On graduation you will be guaranteed a job for one year in a Scottish secondary school as a Home Economics teacher (Scottish or EU students).
  • Study at a university with an unrivalled 145-year history of teaching in this field. QMU is well known for our work in food research, and we host the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation.
  • Learn to teach a subject with the power to shape individuals’ private lives and society’s public health.
  • As a graduate of this course you will be a standard bearer for good food and health, vital to the happiness and wellbeing of students.

Course overview

Are you passionate about helping young people build a better future? This new course will prepare you as a teacher to inspire students to care about their own wellbeing and that of ­others.

This is about more than reinventing how young ­people learn to cook. Through practical classroom experience and research-driven academic learning you’ll learn how to help young people become ­citizens of a planet in which food security is under threat, resources are finite and health challenges persist.

The curriculum aims to develop knowledgeable consumers with an awareness of global citizenship and its responsibilities. The world needs people able to make sound judgements, appreciating the impact that developments in technology, materials and resources has on their choices and wellbeing.

You will be encouraged to interrogate prevailing assumptions, practices and policy. You’ll explore interconnected topics including food poverty, body image, eating disorders and social media and debate issues such as the impact of food bank use on people and their communities and how we can understand the obesity-poverty paradox.

The course will collaborate with local organisations and charities so you can gain hands on experience and real-world knowledge. School counsellors, school nurses and other health ­specialists will run workshops on topics including cyber bullying, child exploitation, neglect, welfare and rights.

You’ll be studying at a university that has an unrivalled history of teaching this subject – the institution that is now QMU was established in 1875 as the Edinburgh School of Cookery. Its original purpose was to address two key problems facing society at that time – improving educational opportunities for women and the need to bring about an improvement in diets, particularly for working-class families from poorer backgrounds. We were progressive and inclusive then and we are proud to still be so today.

At QMU we also offer courses in health sciences, ­gastronomy and nutrition and on this interdisciplinary PGDE course you will learn additional skills from our experts in these fields.

 

Exit awards

PGDE (120 credits)

Structure

For this Professional Graduate Diploma you will normally complete 120 credits at SCQF levels 10 & 11. These will be gained through successful completion of modules.

Teaching, learning and assessment

School placements will account for some of the contact hours. You will undertake independent learning tasks and student-led lectures, presentations, debates, seminars and practicums.

The PGDE shares the pedagogic approach of the courses in the Division of Psychology, Sociology and Education, foregrounding:

  • critical thinking
  • student collaboration
  • independent learning
  • involvement with global real-world issues
  • interprofessional, interdisciplinary learning
  • practical experience, experiential learning and critical reflection
  • peer/group work
  • inquiry-based learning
  • debate and contention

Assessments are designed to:

  • optimise accessibility for students with a range of strengths and abilities
  • provide variety of opportunity to be challenged and to excel
  • engage students in the importance of being literate and communicative in a range of formats and media
  • model and demonstrate assessment procedures for student teachers so that they can incorporate into their own teaching practice, for example:  the importance of assessment; transparency of approaches to assessment;  value of providing a range of assessment formats; and ways and means of providing feedback and feed-forward

Teaching hours and attendance

This is a full-time course, so you will be in a learning situation for the majority of the ‘working week’. The course lasts 36 weeks in total, split into 18 weeks on campus and 18 weeks on placement.

Class sizes

We have an upper limit of 20 students per course.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

The course is accredited by The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). As a graduate you’ll be eligible to register with the GTCS. See ‘Careers’ section below.

Modules

Please note that this course is currently in development and the information provided here, with the exception of the entry requirements, has not been finalised. Please check back here for updates and final course detail.

These will be gained through successful completion of modules in the core specialist subject; research, practical teaching (placement) and a dissertation based on your chosen topic of applied research in the area of secondary home economics teaching and learning.

Placement

You will complete an 18-week period placement in two different schools in Scotland. Placements are an invaluable way of building on your theoretical learning and seeing the evidence of how it can benefit young people.

Careers

Scottish or EU students will be guaranteed a job for one year in a Scottish school following graduation as part of the GTCS Teacher Induction Scheme. After graduating, candidates register with the GTCS for provisional registration and on successful completion of a probationary teaching year will be awarded full registration.

Working as a teacher

 

When a person successfully completes a teacher education programme at a Scottish university they will receive a teaching qualification (TQ).  

By law they must register with the GTCS before they can be employed as a teacher in a Scottish education authority nursery, primary, secondary or special school. A teacher’s fitness to teach (i.e. in term of conduct) will be considered at the point of application for registration.

Newly qualified teachers in their probation year currently start on a salary of £22,416 in Scotland. Secondary teachers get an additional £8,000 if they choose to complete their probationary year anywhere in Scotland, while primary teachers get £6,000 extra.

Once you are fully registered, this increases incrementally over the first five years from £26,895 to £35,763.

The Teacher Induction Scheme offers a guaranteed one-year training post to every eligible student graduating with a teaching qualification from one of Scotland's universities. www.in2teaching.org.uk/Students/student-teacher-induction-scheme-faqs.aspx   

Students from Scotland, other parts of the UK and other Member States of the European Union, who are studying at a Scottish Higher Education Institution are eligible to join the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS) as they are recruited within the controlled numbers which have been set for teacher workforce planning purposes.

 

Entry requirements

Successful applicants must, as a minimum, meet the requirements as set by the Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Courses of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland produced by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), which specifies general entrance requirements for all applicants and subject specific requirements for Secondary applicants*.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview. 

 

Minimum entry requirements:

  • a degree validated by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom or a degree of an equivalent standard from an institution outside the United Kingdom
  • the degree should normally contain 80 SCQF credit points relevant to the teaching qualification being studied
  • 40 of these credits points must have been studied at SCQF level 8 (or above) from at least two of the following areas: consumer studies, food studies, food or textile technology, nutrition
  • the other 40 credits are needed in any subject relevant to the Home Economics curriculum in Scottish schools (e.g. family studies, food sciences, health, hospitality or textile studies

PLUS

  • A National Qualification in English at SCQF Level 6, for example:

- Higher English Grade C or;

- A Level English, Grade D or;

- GCSE English Language AND English Literature, at 4/C IN BOTH or;

- Irish Leaving Certificate Higher English at Grade 4/C2.

NB Higher ESOL is acceptable for entry to PGDE (Home Economics) only. It is not accepted for entry to BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary).

AND

  • A National Qualification in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5, for example:

-Standard Grade/Int 2/National 5 Mathematics Grade C or;

- GCSE Mathematics at 4/C  or;

-Irish Leaving Certificate Mathematics Ordinary Grade 3/B3.

NB National 5 Lifeskills/Applications Mathematics is accepted in place of National 5 Mathematics.

International: Where your degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

Accreditation of prior learning: You may be granted exemption from studying a module or modules up to a maximum of 60 credit points, provided you can demonstrate successful achievement of all the learning outcomes.

 

 

 

 

Application deadline

You must apply for this course as part of the UCAS undergraduate scheme before the 15th January 2019. So that we can fully consider your application, you will need to provide supporting documents to admissions@qmu.ac.uk as soon as you have applied. Failure to provide these means we will be unable to assess your application. Please provide the following:

  • your degree certificate (if already awarded)
  • your academic transcript listing all the modules you have completed
  • evidence of Higher English (or equivalent) if already awarded
  • evidence of National 5 Maths (or equivalent) if already awarded

More information and contacts

Contact Olivia Sagan, Programme Leader (osagan@qmu.ac.uk) or Admissions (admissions@qmu.ac.uk).



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Course Overview

Delivery
At QMU (UCAS code 0001)
Duration
36 weeks full time
Start Date
August 2019
Study Abroad
No
Fees & Funding