The University of Gibraltar will be offering a “bespoke” teacher training programme in Gibraltar as from September.
Designed and developed by the University of Gibraltar in partnership with the Department of Education, it is the first time that the Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification will be offered on the Rock.
Aimed at those who wish to join the teaching profession, the PGCE is an intensive full-time, one-year programme that enables students to gain an academic award at level 7.
Throughout the bespoke programme, students will build evidence of professional practice mapped against the Teachers’ Standards.
Minister for Education, Dr John Cortes, welcomed the new development in a joint statement.
He said: “I am delighted that this qualification is being offered by the University of Gibraltar.”
“The programme is bespoke to the needs of our local community and it will further enhance our unique educational system.”
“It has been designed from the bottom up in close partnership with the Department of Education and it matches the future vision of teaching and learning in Gibraltar.”
A team from Kingston University’s School of Education have been instrumental in the development of the programme and providing support throughout the process.
The programme blends taught elements with placements within primary and secondary schools.
Successful graduates will be armed with experience of teaching as well as be specialised in effective pedagogy and practice in the field of education.
Professor Catherine Bachleda, Vice-Chancellor (Ag) at the University of Gibraltar, said: “As with all other University of Gibraltar programmes, the PGCE adheres to rigorous UK quality standards and provides a highly personal student experience, delivered through our smaller class sizes.”
“This individualised approach will extend to the support students will receive through the PGCE Mentorship Programme.”
Gibraltar’s Director of Education Jackie Mason said: “We are very pleased to support the University of Gibraltar in the launch of their PGCE course.”
“This has been designed focussing on key elements of teaching and learning to develop creative teachers with a passion for awakening the learning process, promoting independent and resilient learners who can apply their universal skills in tomorrow’s society.”
The course is offered on a full-time basis and places are limited.
Applications for the course must be made via the University website no later than June 6.
Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview which will take place at the end of June and beginning of July.
For more information, visit www.unigib.edu.gi/pgce.
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