We run different pathways within our Primary PGCE programme and applicants should apply to the pathway(s) they are interested in. Our Upper Primary with Modern Languages course trains you to become a primary classroom teacher but also provides an additional strand in languages education to help prepare you to become a future curriculum coordinator.
1.Curriculum studies - includes preparation for teaching the core subjects (English, Mathematics, and Science) and the subjects of Art, Computing, D&T, Geography, History, Modern Languages, Music, PE, and RE, delivered in shorter practical courses. These courses cater for trainees whose previous experiences may vary widely and give a substantial introduction to teaching these subjects.
2.Educational and Professional Studies - is designed to enable critical reflection on children’s learning and development, pedagogy, diversity, and teachers’ roles and responsibilities in multi-professional contexts. This component includes one 30 credit Masters-level assignment.
3.School experience - Central to the course is developing your ability to meet the DfE’s Teachers’ Standards which trainees must demonstrate in order to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). School-based tutors and mentors are responsible for your learning & development and receive well-designed training. You initially work with groups of children, before taking on more responsibility for planning and independently teaching whole classes. You will have two main placements offering contrasting environments.
4.Pathway (MFL) - focusses on developing knowledge, understanding and skills to teach languages effectively within the primary curriculum and the role languages play as a statutory element of the National Curriculum. You will develop your reflective and analytical skills as a professional practitioner and languages specialist. It is taught mainly through seminars, workshops and placements that enable you to develop your specialism. Placements are in KS2 settings, however the course covers teaching and learning from 5-11 and once qualified, you will be eligible to teach across the primary age-range. It includes one 30 credit Masters-level assignment.
Note: The DfE entry requirement to pass professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy was removed in 2020. Instead trainees are now benchmarked during their training against a Government-defined set of fundamental mathematics and English skills. This is embedded into the training and does not involve any specific testing at interview. Trainees are given tools to help identify areas for development where needed. The course includes activities to enable trainees to demonstrate the requisite skills by the end of the course.