On successful completion of this course, trainees will achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The 38-week Primary Early Years Course will prepare you to teach the 3-7age range.
The course starts early in September with a 2-week intensive induction programme at the University of Bedfordshire (UoB). Your first teaching placement will run between mid-September and December, and the second placement runs between January and June. One placement is in Key Stage One (KS1) and the other will be in EYFS (Reception). Throughout the course, you will spend four days each week in your placement school and travel to UoB each Friday for professional studies.
Our partner primary schools are located across Fenland (NE Cambridgeshire) and range from small, village schools to some of the largest primaries in the country. We endeavour to minimise travel time to your placement schools. In each placement, you will have a named mentor who is an experienced teacher responsible for supporting your professional development.
At the University, teaching is through lectures, seminars and workshops with opportunities to work independently and collaboratively. This Masters level course is divided into three units, two of which carry 30 credits each. The taught elements include: Perspectives, Values, Principals and Beliefs in Education, The Reflective Journal, Learning and Teaching the Curriculum. Course content presents issues that relate to learning and teaching, classroom management, assessment and reporting, as well as topics such as behaviour and inclusion. There are course assignments but no formal exams and the continuous assessment of teaching is based on achieving the national standards for QTS.
On successful completion of the course, you are very likely to be offered a teaching position. Indeed, all primary trainees who completed our course gained employment, the vast majority within Fenland schools.