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University of East London Primary (with the Arts) (2CYY)

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.uel.ac.uk/teacher-training

Contents

Course summary

Our primary teacher education courses are designed for graduates who are committed to becoming primary school teachers.

All trainees learn how to teach the entire primary curriculum as well as choosing a particular route. The Primary PGCE with The Arts route gives you additional expertise in supporting the teaching and learning of music and art. It is not essential that you consider yourself to be an expert musician or artist, or to have any particular qualifications (though these would be advantageous), but you should feel strongly about the important role of the arts in the education of young people. You will develop the arts skills and knowledge that you have and develop a range of activities and strategies for bringing the arts ‘alive’ in your practice. UEL is blessed with fantastic resources for training in music and art education and it will be possible for you to develop your own ability as well as the pedagogies you will need to teach music effectively in schools.

East London offers multicultural, multilingual and particularly vibrant schools in which to train, but your training at UEL will qualify you to teach anywhere in England or Wales.

UEL’s PGCE team is made up of experienced primary practitioners who have worked in a range of primary and Early Years settings across London as classroom teachers, curriculum co-ordinators, advisory teachers and school leaders.

School placements

We work within a very large partnership of schools across London and also Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent and Surrey. We do not wish to disadvantage our trainees by asking them to travel a long distance to their placement schools. Generally, we look at one hour door to door as being the maximum travel time expected. You will experience three, eight week placements in three complementary schools. You will be supported in these schools by a school based mentor as well as your UEL tutor

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

  • Good interpersonal skills with young people and/or adults;

  • Evidence of ability to respond to a challenge and overcome setbacks;

  • Resilience and commitment;

  • Evidence of knowledge of wider education issues and the ability to express and justify opinions and to consider those of others.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,100

About the training provider

The University of East London is an experienced and successful initial teacher training (ITT) and education provider. Courses are taught and supported by exceptional and dynamic staff, all of whom foster creativity, collaboration, innovation and student engagement at the heart of what they offer. We value the link between the academic and the practice, and this will form a significant part of the ITT programme you undertake.

We offer PGCE routes into teaching as well as School Direct Salaried and Non Salaried, and the Post Graduate Teacher Apprenticeship. We also have two undergraduate courses to consider that lead to QTS - BA Primary Education and BSc Computer Science and Education.

Our end of programme survey outcomes, suggest that over 95% of our teacher trainees rate the quality of their training through UEL as good or higher. Employability is also excellent with most subjects, phases and routes achieving 95-100% employment each year.

UEL is an inclusive university and our teacher training programmes are highly diverse and multicultural. We are very proud of our trainee teachers, new and old, and what they have gone on to achieve in our schools. We are especially proud of the community we serve and how we take people from the local community who then go back into this community to teach - over 50% of our trainees find jobs within our partner schools each year.

We look forward to welcoming you to UEL and the School of Education and Communities.

Interview process

The entire interview process lasts about three hours. During the interview you will be asked to talk about a current educational issue. Please ensure you have done some research into current educational issues in advance of the interview. You could, for example, read recent editions of the Times Educational Supplement.

Our aim is to find out as much as we can about your attributes, skills, knowledge and understanding in order to shape training opportunities for you, should you be offered a place on the programme.

Your responses to these tasks and activities will be considered alongside all the other evidence to assess your suitability for the Primary PGCE programme.

During the individual interview you will be given the chance to talk with a tutor about the programme and any other issues that are relevant.

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

Applications from students with disabilities or other specific needs are welcomed. Initial teacher training programmes are based at our Stratford campus, which is fully accessible to all. UEL operates a very clear inclusivity policy. As a large provider of ITT, we have access to various support mechanisms for students who need this or would benefit from this additional support.

Contact this training provider

Email
study@uel.ac.uk
Telephone
020 8223 3333
Website
https://www.uel.ac.uk/teacher-training
Address
School of Education and Communities
Water Lane
Stratford
London
E15 4LZ

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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