University of Chichester Early Years (3-7) (3DHN)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.chi.ac.uk/teaching/

Contents

Course summary

This is a full-time, one-year programme, taught at master’s level, and allows you to gain up to 60 credits towards a master’s qualification.

You will learn the fundamentals of the primary national curriculum and will develop an in-depth understanding of the role of the Early Years teacher and reflect on the way in which younger children learn and develop.

Our curriculum has five areas that will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to plan and manage creative and effective lessons while ensuring that pupils of all abilities are motivated to learn:

  • Behaviour management and expectations
  • Curriculum
  • Pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Professional behaviours

The above areas are delivered through the core curriculum, wider curriculum, and professional studies modules. The theory and principles are then applied to placements. By demonstrating that you have been satisfactory progress in the five curriculum areas, we will be able to recommend you for QTS at the end of the course.

Core Curriculum Studies The Core Curriculum module develops student teachers’ enthusiasm for and enjoyment of English, Mathematics, and Science. Through separate subject strands, this course will develop student-teacher subject, curriculum, and pedagogical knowledge in each subject. By linking their learning to their school experience, it aims to promote the necessary competencies and understanding student teachers need to plan, teach and assess the core curriculum well.

Wider Curriculum (e.g. History, PE, ICT, MFL etc.) This module aims to develop student teachers’ critical understanding of and enthusiasm for the foundation subjects and associated pedagogies. Students will develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of key curriculum and framework documents. It will prepare students to plan, teach and assess effectively the foundation subjects and to develop cross-curricular approaches to teaching and learning.

Professional Studies This module aims to develop student teachers’ critical and rigorous understanding of the principles which underpin primary education. It will develop student teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the nature of the primary curriculum, children’s developmental needs and how children learn. It will introduce and critique educational research methodology, analysis and ethics. It will advance their abilities to critically apply such knowledge and understanding in a professional context through lesson planning, teaching, assessment and behaviour management and critical reflection on these. The module aims to enable student teachers to begin to develop their own personal educational philosophies, so that they can apply these in the classroom and articulate them to other professionals.

School placements

The PGCE programme is taught in affiliation with a range of primary schools. During the programme, you’ll be placed in two different schools for extended placements. In addition, you will have three short group placements, with the aim to develop your understanding of special educational needs, progression, inclusion and signature pedagogy.

The school experiences will draw on your own prior experiences and skills and develop them within the partnership of school-based and university-based training and support. Initially, you’ll focus on teaching small groups of pupils the core curriculum subjects, leading to proficiency in teaching a whole class subjects across the primary curriculum by the end of the second placement.

During School Experience, school-based mentors are partners in identifying individual training needs and refining your individual action plans. You’ll receive regular formative feedback through observations, weekly mentor meetings, visits from university staff, and informal conversations with colleagues at your school. In addition, an Academic Advisor will support you throughout the year by providing pastoral and academic support

You’ll develop a broader understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in education and the wider context within which schools operate. You’ll also be able to identify areas for future development during your own teaching career.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Personal qualities

Your personal statement is important. It should demonstrate that you have an understanding of the profession which you are entering.

Other requirements

All successful applicants who accept a place with the University will be subject to an enhanced disclosure check with the Disclosure and Barring Service as well as an occupational health check to establish fitness to practice.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

We are recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training, we have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839.

  • We offer high-quality training and experience that will prepare you to become a confident and effective teacher
  • Much of your training will be practical, school-based experiences
  • You’re supported throughout your school-based learning by experienced mentor teachers and university tutors
  • You’ll gain a respected professional qualification in a career of major importance
  • You’ll learn how to use research to improve your teaching skills
  • Our courses have varied content, including: lectures, seminars, presentations, group tasks, mini-research projects and assessments
  • You’ll develop a range of communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills that will be invaluable in a teaching career and beyond
  • Political and public policy announcements are built into the curriculum, so you will be up to date on contemporary teaching issues.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Chichester has an outstanding reputation for student satisfaction and retention and one of the key underlying factors is the excellence of our support services.

Our aim is to support your experience as a student by listening, advising and offering a range of professional services.

As a student you could benefit from specific types of support, for example, sorting out your finances, managing a disability, looking after your health, getting through a tough period, planning your future or a host of other needs and combinations of needs.

We have teams of highly qualified specialists to support all students whatever the need and with an exceptional ‘Support and Information Zone’ (SIZ) providing a friendly and accessible first point of call.

For more information about specific services see: https://www.chi.ac.uk/study-us/student-services

For students with specific needs, the university can work with those individuals and our partner schools to ensure that reasonable adjustments are put in place to ensure success while on placement.

Contact this training provider

Email
admissions@chi.ac.uk
Telephone
01243 816002
Website
https://www.chi.ac.uk/teaching/
Address
Bognor Regis Campus
Upper Bognor Road
Bognor Regis
West Sussex
PO21 1HR

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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