This course will prepare you to teach in Primary Schools and/or Early Years.
The PGCE Primary Flexible allows you to study for your primary teaching qualification flexibly in a 1-3 year period depending on your circumstances and experience.
Most of your learning will be online with a combination of materials, tasks, resources, tutorials and webinars. Your tutorials may also take place by email, phone or face-to-face. You are required to attend a minimum of 12 days of face-to-face seminars in Canterbury throughout the programme, to allow you a chance to learn with fellow students and to network with your colleagues and tutors.
Your programme will focus on a range of theory and research and you will be encouraged to reflect on how this impacts on your own teaching. You will be introduced to the principles, research and theory on which good classroom practice is based. Activities that might be included during your PGCE include modelling, role-play, lectures, seminars, discussion, school/educational setting visits and evaluation of classroom-based activities and resources.
You will complete two or three placements in schools and/or early years settings (dependent on existing experience of teaching). Canterbury Christ Church University has a strong partnership with schools and early years settings in Kent, Medway, Essex and beyond. Students on this programme choose their own placement settings, as they are geographically widespread. If you are unable to do this, however, we will find a placement for you. You will be supported by professional mentors and university tutors on placement.
You will be assessed in two main ways: academic assignments and assessment of your teaching. The three placement modules are non-credit bearing; you are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. The three academic modules are:
- Curriculum & Pedagogy: Two 2,000 word essays (50% of your mark for each essay)
- Contemporary Issues in Education: A digital assignment where you will reflect on and critique an educational issue.
- Researching Learning and Teaching: An individual presentation based on your research investigation.
You will be taught and supported by age-specific and subject experts with extensive experience in schools and other educational settings.
You will also have access to the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you will find detailed information on your academic assignments and curriculum updates, as well as a wide range of resources, materials and opportunities to engage with including a webinar series, conferences and professional development events.