Our aim is to facilitate your transition from successful graduate to competent teacher. In addition to being an academic course, the PGCE Primary programme provides a professional qualification (QTS). By the end of the course 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 who will be able to improve continuously your own knowledge, understanding and skills.
The PGCE programme is 44 weeks long, commencing early September, with time divided between school placements and Bradford College. The course prepares you to teach within the primary age range (3-11) on your chosen age route; 3-7, 5-11 or 7-11.
You will study all areas of the primary curriculum and link practice to theory, completing 3 modules at Level 7. Bradford College sessions are relevant, often practically-based, and address the subject knowledge, teaching techniques (pedagogy) and professional issues required to teach children accessing the EYFS and Primary National Curriculum.
Education and Professional Studies (EPS) sessions cover aspects such as planning and assessment, child development, behaviour management, SEND, inclusion and safeguarding. Your Education and Professional Studies (EPS) Tutor will be an important point of reference for your professional development, acting as your individual tutor who will monitor your progress on the whole of the course and provide some pastoral support. In addition to this you have the support of subject specialist tutors, all of who have primary teaching experience.
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.
The assessment of these modules comprises a range of strategies, including essays, an action plan and rationale based on your first placement, academic posters and presentations. The PGCE qualification 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.