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.