Our aim is to facilitate your transition from successful graduate to competent teacher. On completion you should have achieved the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and be confident in teaching all aspects of the Early Years and Primary National Curriculum at the appropriate level. You will become a reflective practitioner, able to improve continuously your own knowledge, understanding and skills.
The 44 week PGCE programme commences early September, with time divided between school placements and Bradford College, preparing you to teach within the primary age range (3-11) on your chosen age route; 3-7, 5-11 or 7-11.
You study all areas of the primary curriculum and link practice to theory, completing 3 modules at Level 7. You will also develop your skills in relation to the progression children make within mathematics from Foundation stage through to Year 6. The programme is based on current research in relation to the teaching and learning of mathematics, allowing you to gain a deep understanding of how children learn mathematics, and barriers to their learning. You will gain an enhanced understanding of Teaching for Mastery (the 5 big ideas) and critically reflect on these strategies in relation to theory and classroom practice. You will analyse the use of assessment in the teaching and learning of mathematics and reflect critically on the impact of strategies.
Education and Professional Studies (EPS) sessions cover aspects such as planning and assessment, child development, behaviour management, SEND, inclusion and safeguarding. Your EPS Tutor will also be your individual tutor, monitoring your progress, with additional support from subject specialist tutors.
For the award of the PGCE you complete three assessed modules, each worth 20 Credit points at Masters Level. These are:
Module 1: Theories That Underpin Teaching and Learning
Module 2: Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Module 3: Educational Philosophy and Vision.
Module assessment is through essays, an action plan and rationale based on your first placement, academic posters and presentations. The PGCE is validated by the University of Bolton.
By the end of the course you will meet the required standards for newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Your knowledge and understanding of teaching in Primary schools will be secure. You will be capable of planning, teaching and managing a class and your monitoring, assessment, recording and reporting skills will be well developed. You will understand the issues of accountability and the many professional responsibilities required of a teacher.