Economics - UCAS Code 2R3N

Content of programme

We will prepare you to teach economics in a flexible and exciting way. UCL IOE tutors are committed to promoting interactive teaching and learning in their sessions, and a collaborative ethos is encouraged so that you share materials, resources and ideas with other student teachers.

At the UCL IOE, you will participate in a range of lectures and seminars designed to enhance your development as a teacher. These highly interactive sessions will cover how children learn, assessment, lesson planning, behaviour management and subject-specific matters. The programme involves visits to sites around London as well as a range of guest speakers.

We draw on current research at the UCL IOE and elsewhere to inform your economics teaching and encourage you to engage with recent debates and literature in the field. Our underlying aim is to develop you as a reflective and highly skilled teacher.

In our partner schools and colleges, you will teach economics at AS and possibly A2 level. You are likely to teach a second subject at GCSE or key stage 3; this may be business studies, history, geography, computer science or citizenship (depending on the expertise that you can offer). Throughout the experience you will be supported by tutors in your school and at the UCL IOE.

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This conceptual knowledge is related to the secondary education curriculum, before trainees undertake their first teaching experience at the main placement school in Maidenhead.  Trainees will have the opportunity to teach all ability and all age ranges, from 11-18. Trainees later undertake a second placement at a secondary school in Maidenhead, before returning to complete their training at their main placement school.  Towards the end of the course, trainees build on their own practice by initiating a curriculum development project.  During their teaching practice experiences, trainees will have mentoring and support from school based tutors, and from experts at UCL IOE. Trainees also benefit from the Institute’s lecture programme, featuring nationally and internationally renowned speakers who address contemporary issues in education.

Subject entry requirements

You should have a good first degree in Economics or a related subject.  Commercial/business experience is a considerable advantage, and applicants with such experience are particularly welcome.  Information technology skills are essential and there is ample opportunity to enhance them further during the programme.  It is important for you to have a broad outlook on economics and commercial/business matters and a commitment to relating the disciplines to young people’s lives.  Preference will normally be given to applicants with upper second-class honours (2:1) or above, or to those who have supplemented their lower second-class first degrees with a masters or doctoral qualification.  You should be aware of current educational policies and issues.  Experience of working with children or adults in an inner-city context is an added advantage but not necessary.  

Applicants are very strongly encouraged to undertake up to a week’s practical work experience in a school (preferably a Teach Maidenhead school), prior to interview.


The course is structured broadly into five phases:

Phase 1: An introductory visit to the main teaching practice school, to other Teach Maidenhead schools, and, where appropriate, local primary schools – first / second weeks of September 2017.

Phase 2: Developing subject and teaching expertise at UCL Institute of Education, University College London - mid September to beginning October 2017.

Phase 3: Placement at main teaching practice school in Maidenhead, with additional expertise and assessment from UCL, Institute of Education, University College London– beginning October 2017 to mid January 2018.  This is followed by two weeks at UCL/IOE and an induction at the second placement school.

Phase 4: Six week placement at second teaching practice school in Maidenhead, with additional expertise and assessment from UCL Institute of Education, University College London – March to April 2018.

Phase 5: Return to main teaching practice to complete the course end April to end May 2018.  A final assessment will be carried out via UCL, Institute of Education, University College, London – end May to June 2018.


Trainees will be assessed in two ways:-
• On practical teaching and progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status.  This will be conducted through observations of trainees teaching, and on analysis of their preparation, planning, marking, assessment and feedback.

• On assignments, portfolio tasks and practical projects, leading to the PGCE and to Master’s level credits.

School placements

Trainees undertake placements in two of the five partnership schools, one of which will be their main placement schools.

About Us

Teach Maidenhead is the foremost teacher training provider west of London. We provide up to 60 unsalaried secondary School Direct places. Our teacher training courses are organised in conjunction with two accrediting providers: The University of Reading and UCL/IOE.


Phone: 01628 762231


Address: Teach Maidenhead, Furze Platt Senior School, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7NQ


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