University of Chichester Primary (X100)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.chi.ac.uk/institute-education/our-courses/pgce-qualifications

Contents

About the course

This is a full-time programme over one academic year. The programme is taught at master’s level and allows students to gain up to 60 credits towards a master’s qualification. The university-based study is divided into three key areas which 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. These key areas are:

  • Core Curriculum
  • Wider Curriculum
  • Professional Studies

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. During School Experience, school-based mentors are partners in identifying individual training needs and refining your individual action plans. 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.

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, 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 2022 to 2023 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 students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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/institute-education/our-courses/pgce-qualifications
Address
Bishop Otter Campus
College Lane
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 6PE

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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