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Doing Your PGCE at M-level

Doing Your PGCE at M-level
A Guide for Students

Second Edition
Edited by:

April 2012 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
What is PGCE at M-Level and what can you expect from the course? How can it help you to develop as a professional?

Masters-level study is an increasingly prevalent component of PGCE courses and this new edition of the best-selling student guide offers a clear and concise overview of M-level aspects in teacher education.

This Second Edition includes discussion of recent developments in education policy, greater coverage of reflective practice in school-based training and up-to-date advice on how to get a teaching job at the end of your course.

With new reflective activities designed to help students develop critical skills, and improved references to additional material, this book is essential reading for students on PGCE courses in primary and secondary education.

Keira Sewell and Liz Lakin
What Will the PGCE at M-Level Do for Me?
What Is the Difference Between the Postgraduate Certificate in Education and the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education?

What Does a PGCE at M-Level Look Like?

How Do I Decide Which Route Is for Me?

Education in Scotland

Qualifying to Teach in Scotland

Liz Lakin
What Can I Expect My PGCE at M-Level to Look Like at Subject Level?
The Subject Specialist and Competent Teacher

An Introduction to the Curriculum and Its Supporting Literature

Developing Your Subject Knowledge

Taking Ownership of Your Subject Knowledge and Understanding

The Professional Educator

The Learning Process: Theories

The Learning Process: Application

What Can I Expect My PGCE at M-Level to Look Like During My School-Based Training?

What Exactly is Reflection?

So How Can I Develop My Reflective Skills and What is My Role in This Process?

How Should I Record the Process of Reflection?

Directed Activity Example

The Role of the Mentor

What Does my Mentor Get Out of It?

Tim Cain
What Is the Relationship between Research and Development as a Professional?
What Role Does Research Play in My Professional Development?

Educational Theory

Reading Research

Why Should I Research My Own Practice?

How Do I Research My Own Practice?

Problems with M-Level Research Assignments

What Have Assignments to Do with My Professional Development?

Kate Domaille
How Does Academic Writing at M-Level Make Me a Better Teacher?
What is My Tutor Looking For in My Academic Study?

From H-Level to M-Level

And so to Reading…

Using the Library

Two Case Studies, Starting with Excellent!

Writing Well

How Does Academic Writing at M-level Make Me a Better Teacher?

Keira Sewell
Getting a Job With a PGCE at M-Level
So How Do I Sell Myself to Potential Employers?

Filling Out the Application Form

Planning a Sample Lesson

Being Interviewed

After the Interview

Why Should I Continue My Studies?

Keira Sewell
What Further Study Options are Available?

What Part of My PGCE at M-Level Can I Use to Transfer into a Masters Award?

What Course Should I Choose?

When Should I Continue with My Studies?

Potential Barriers to Further Study


'Doing your PGCE at M level is a valuable guide designed to enable students to achieve success. Its approach, using clear explanations and case studies enable trainees to engage at a critical level and understand the potential benefits this can bring to them personally and professionally. Moving forward from the first edition in a way that incorporates education policy from recent fast moving times this enables trainees to critique and identify how the education arena is shaped. This new edition also enables trainees to develop many of the key skills of M-Level work; the development of reflective activities to enable deep reflection and critical analysis is a welcome development. This comprehensive text will be a valuable resource for anyone training to be a PGCE teacher' -
Tim Roberts, PGCE Programme Director, University of Hertfordshire

Praise for the first edition:

"An indispensable guide for anyone who wants to get the most out of new opportunities to study to become a teacher at M-Level. The book explains, in clear and accessible language, what studying at Masters level entails and the benefit it can bring in terms of career progression and continuing professional development" - James Rogers, Executive Director, Universities Council for the Education of Teachers

"This book is a timely aid for students embarking on what they may perceive as being the doubly daunting prospect of becoming a schoolteacher and engaging with Masters level study. I enjoyed reading it very much and feel that it is an essential aid to beginning PGCE students. I am very pleased to recommend it to students and their tutors on Masters level PGCE courses in Higher Education Institutions across the sector" - Dr Alison Jackson, ESCalate ITE Leader, University of Cumbria

"As a PGCE student, I found this to be essential reading. A highly comprehensive yet very accessible text, it will be useful not only to those considering doing a M-Level PGCE, but also as a survival handbook for those already on the course" - Diane Troughton, PGCE student

"I was very impressed at the invaluable advice and support this book offers. It poses excellent questions that encourage personal reflection and offers helpful case studies to clearly illustrate ideas. It gives a complete picture in a clear, accessible manner" - Katie Pragnell, PGCE student

The masters level is clearly explained

Mrs Ranjana McLean
Department of Education, London Metropolitan University
September 20, 2016

Excellent resources for trainee teachers

Mr Vernon Ambris
Health and Social Care , East Berkshire College
December 10, 2014

This book contains several excellent chapters that helps support students making the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate level work.

Dr Richard Newton
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
October 22, 2014

A really important book for those undertaking a PGCE, especially as more providers are raising the bar and teaching at a Masters' Level

Mr Peter Flew
School of Education, Roehampton University
August 3, 2014

A very useful guide for any PGCE trainee to refer to during their PGCE year. Some students do not fully appreciate the depth of study required for the PGCE and this book provides a very useful and informative comprehensive reference source.

Ms Joanne Courtney
Teaching , Health and Care, Bradford College
May 6, 2014

A useful text that supports parts of the first year of teacher training courses. The practical examples and activates are very useful for discussion. It is written in a user friendly style which students on their first year like.

Mrs Debra Cushen
care and education, University of Wales
April 19, 2014

this is an eay to read and v accessible book for the students - i have recommended at essential reading

Ms Roz Hornsby
School of Education & Training, Greenwich University
October 10, 2013

A useful text book for students and staff alike.

Dr Janet Oti
Newport School of Education, University of Wales, Newport
June 26, 2013

User friendly - clear and concise. It gives straightforward explanation of the 2 awards available. It examines the development of a critically reflective teacher and the importance of research in the development of educational theory. A must to support PGCE students who are studying at M level.
Mrs. Lorraine Dunn - Lecturer Douglas macmillan Hospice.

Ms Julie Tilstone
Education, Douglas Macmillan Hospice
April 3, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1