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 Art course trains you to become a primary classroom teacher but also provides an additional strand in primary art education to help prepare you to become a future curriculum coordinator in art.
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 the 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 module (Art) - focusses on developing knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to teach art, craft and design. Research is used to support the development of a contemporary and critical view of art education in theory and practice. Practical workshops and seminars make up the taught component, alongside off-site visits and projects with schools/arts organisations, where possible. Placements are in Key Stage 2 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.