The University of Gloucestershire Primary (X110)

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.glos.ac.uk

Contents

About the course

The PGCE primary teacher training course at the University of Gloucestershire is taught in partnership with primary schools and students work alongside experienced tutors, teachers and mentors throughout training.

The programme aims to prepare you for entry to the teaching profession through placements, lectures, seminars, practical workshops and directed study. There is significant emphasis on the principals of teaching, learning and child development, with frequent reference to the latest research. You will refer to the Early Years Foundation Stage and Primary National Curriculum.

You will develop the skills and understanding needed to teach and assess the full range of core and foundation primary subjects for children aged 3-7. You will also develop the knowledge required to cultivate management and leadership skills.

A key focus will be to enable you to understand the teacher’s wider role, including teaching children with special educational needs through the holistic support of children’s health and wellbeing. The course gives high priority to developing your abilities of analysis and evaluation. You will be coached in inclusive practice so that all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, can be highly successful. You will work within a supportive learning environment where pastoral care of students is a priority.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to gain Master’s level credits, with potential progression to a Master’s level degree programme.

The PGCE is awarded following satisfactory performance in relation to all the standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Evidence of success will be drawn from coursework, study tasks, and teaching competence which is demonstrated on school experience.

School placements

The pattern of School Experience has been determined in collaboration with partnership primary schools. You will undertake a variety of types of school experience including serial visits and block school experience.

Our partnership consists of diverse schools throughout Gloucestershire and beyond. Placements are arranged for students with appropriate consideration of personal and professional needs.

While our placements team will endeavour to limit the amount of travel necessary, students should be prepared for 15 to 75 minutes travel time.

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.

We accept equivalency tests through www.equivalencytesting.com

Personal qualities

Successful applicants will be proactive, engaging, willing to learn and resilient with a drive to make a positive difference to the lives of children and their families. The University of Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all our trainees to share this commitment.

Other requirements

  • Satisfactory Safeguarding checks including the receipt of a ‘satisfactory’ Enhanced DBS return including children’s barred list information;
  • Satisfactory completion of Declaration of Health signed off by the university doctor;
  • Verification of two references;
  • Satisfactory completion of suitability form;
  • Satisfactory Certificate of Good conduct, where applicable, for those who have lived or worked abroad.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

Our money advice team is here to help you talk through your options, whatever your situation. We can offer confidential advice and information on how to organise your budget.

We can also provide you with information regarding bursaries, loans and grants and explore what you’re entitled to.

About the training provider

At the University of Gloucestershire, practice in the School of Education and Humanities is based on a clearly defined set of values; the transformational potential of education, the centrality of social justice to our actions, the value of community and a belief that diversity enriches learning.

We are committed to helping our trainee teachers to take the next step in their education so that together we can make a difference in the lives of others.

Based at the historic Francis Close Hall campus, just a few minutes’ walk from Cheltenham town centre, we have been making a significant contribution to education for over 150 years.

Leading the way in high quality research, teaching and professional education, we have earned an excellent reputation in terms of student satisfaction and our graduates are caring and successful.

If you engage with us as an aspiring teacher, you will become part of a close-knit community characterised by exceptional support, specialist subject expertise and a network of diverse schools for first-rate placement opportunities.

The University of Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all our trainees to share this commitment.

Interview process

Appropriate candidates are invited to interview where they will have the opportunity to meet members of teaching team and support staff.

Full guidance on the interview and selection process will be made available to applicants via email.

Individual support arrangements can be made on request.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

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 disability, dyslexia and learning support service offers confidential, one-to-one support to students with disabilities, learning difficulties and medical conditions.

We can help with:

  • advisory visits to the university before you submit your application
  • advice on diagnosing specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia
  • support with applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
  • advice on disability access
  • awareness training
  • liaison with academic staff and student services regarding support needs

The university’s halls of residence have accessible rooms at all facilities. These rooms tend to be larger than other rooms in halls with enhanced bathroom facilities and flexible interiors to suit the level of need required.

Local buses provide low-level access for people with mobility difficulties. Some disabled students may also be entitled to an accessible parking permit. There are accessible parking bays on each campus.

Contact this training provider

Email
teachertraining@glos.ac.uk
Telephone
01242 714510
Website
http://www.glos.ac.uk
Address
University of Gloucestershire
Pittville Campus
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL52 3JG

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).

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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