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Doing Your PGCE at M-level

Doing Your PGCE at M-level
A Guide for Students

Second Edition
Edited by:

March 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?

Master's-level study is now a well established component of PGCE courses and this new edition of the best selling student guide offers a clear and concise overview of Master's 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 leads Visionary Education (, an education consultancy covering teacher training, science education, strategic development and business and industry partnerships.

Contrbutors to the book are members of the primary and secondary PGCE teams at the University of Southampton, Edge Hill University, the University of Dundee and an independent consultant supporting Higher Education Institutions.

Praise for the book:

"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

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


This is a very useful text for all those students who are looking for M level credits as part of their PGCE.

Mr Paul Hopkins
Faculty of Education, Hull University
November 22, 2012

Added as a reading for those that wish to focus their PGCE at M level. More and more students are aiming to gain the M level credits on offer as part of the PGCE and this book helps focus them.

Mrs Catherine Carden
Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
November 9, 2012

Doing your PGCE at M-level is an essential reference text your students entering the teaching profession. There are clear exemplars and case studies for students to set their own benchmarks within the teaching profession. This is also useful for some undergraduate students who are doing educational research and preparing for further progression on PGCEs

Mr Darren Carr
Centre for Sport and Dance Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
September 4, 2012

This book is an excellent guide for PGCE students who are studying at M level because it supports their study, guides them through the process and shows the relevance of continuing their study once they have qualified as teachers.

Mr Steve Watts
Faculty of Education and Society, Sunderland University
August 17, 2012

This will be useful but as a support text

Mr Paul Hopkins
Faculty of Education, Hull University
July 9, 2012

A useful guide for students beginning a PGCE programme at M Level.

Mrs Rachel Wallis
Swansea School of Education, Swansea Metropolitan University
June 27, 2012

This is an excellent resource for those people finding it difficult to produce reflective material for assignments.

Mrs Dawn Hewitson
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
June 27, 2012

Clear, straightforward and addresses many common issues faced by postgraduate students

Mrs Sharon James
Swansea School of Education, Swansea Metropolitan University
June 18, 2012

A very user friendly text which clearer outlines why PGCE work needs to be at M level and how to proceed step by step with M level work.

Miss Liz McGuire
PGCE Secondary, Leeds Trinity and All Saints
April 24, 2012

Doing your PGCE at M Level helps guide and support students on choosing which route to apply for to gain employment as a teacher. It gives a clear explanation of the 2 awards available, those being PGCE at M level and the PGCE at H level.
The book examines how M level study supports the development of a critically reflective teacher, encouraging the reader to consider how reflective practice can enable the student to move forward with their studies and consequent employment. It provides a good range of case studies from the authors own experiences and practices which the reader can benefit from and relate to. The book also discusses the importance of research in the development of educational theory and looks at ways in which the reader can research their own practice.
It is a highly recommended book to help support student on PGCE courses

Ms Julie Tilstone
Education, Douglas Macmillan Hospice
April 4, 2012

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