Primary Education, PGCE

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This course provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to become primary school teachers. Time is spent both in the University and on classroom placements, ensuring that by the end of the course, trainees are confident professionals.

The award of PGCE is offered at three levels:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (where 60 Masters-level credits can be gained)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (where 120 Masters-level credits can be gained).

All of these are recognised teaching qualifications, but the postgraduate awards will allow fast-track entry to Masters courses. The choice of which qualification to take w…

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This course provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to become primary school teachers. Time is spent both in the University and on classroom placements, ensuring that by the end of the course, trainees are confident professionals.

The award of PGCE is offered at three levels:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (where 60 Masters-level credits can be gained)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (where 120 Masters-level credits can be gained).

All of these are recognised teaching qualifications, but the postgraduate awards will allow fast-track entry to Masters courses. The choice of which qualification to take will be made while on the course. Successful completion of the course will lead to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to meet the demands of a first teaching post in the primary age range (5 to 11 years). You will focus on primary education across both key stages, a National College for Teaching and Leadership (formerly the Teaching Agency) requirement which is essential to gain an overview of development and progression throughout the complete primary age phase. There may be an opportunity to place an increased emphasis on either Key Stage One (five to seven years) or Key Stage Two (7 to 11 years) during your school based training.

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A distinctive feature of our course is the curriculum breadth we offer. We provide modules in Teaching Primary English, Teaching Primary Mathematics, Teaching Primary Science and Teaching the Wider Curriculum. The Wider Curriculum module encompasses an introduction to the full range of foundation subjects along with RE and ICT. We also offer an introduction to the teaching of primary modern foreign languages for all trainees.

The Applied Studies in Education module provides an opportunity to engage critically with a wide range of educational issues, themes and thinking, as well as a very practically oriented preparation for periods of school based training. As part of this module, all trainees develop their subject specialism for the primary classroom in preparation for the future responsibility of subject leadership.

Developing an understanding of the primary curriculum, you will develop your subject knowledge as well as your understanding of curriculum purposes and progression. You will learn how to plan and resource your teaching in ways that engage and inspire young learners. In developing practical teaching and organisational skills, you will learn how to plan, teach and assess effectively. Understanding progression in learning, according to the diversity of needs and abilities of all pupils, will enable you to create an effective teaching environment that promotes and supports children’s learning. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the professional requirements for teachers along with an appreciation of the need for continued professional development throughout their career.

Assessment

The taught part of the course involves interactive lectures and seminars. There are no exams as coursework and teaching experience are assessed. Trainees undertake focused preparation in the core subjects (mathematics, english and science) and the full range of foundation subjects (history, geography, art, design and technology and physical education).

Students will also receive an induction into citizenship and the teaching of primary modern foreign languages. Creative cross-curricular approaches to teaching are developed and trainees are supported in strengthening their understanding of their specialist subject as it relates to the primary curriculum.

Funding

Home students can apply for a student loan for tuition and maintenance fees. In addition students may be eligible for maintenance or special support grants. More information on the funding for Initial Teacher-Training courses can be found on Gov.uk and the National College for Teaching and Leadership (formerly Teaching Agency) websites.

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