The PGCE (QTS) Early Years (3-7) programme is designed to support you in becoming a reflective, inclusive, creative, and engaged practitioner. As a specialist in the 3-7 age phase, you will receive input from expert colleagues both in the university and in school who will support you to develop as an informed and confident teacher of young children.
The Primary PGCE (QTS) programme (3-7) has three modules
- Studies and Professional Issues in Research in Education (SPIRE)
- Curriculum Studies (Early Years)
- School Experience
The SPIRE module focuses specifically upon issues that most impact upon the young person’s experience of education in the 21st Century. In sessions you will be asked to consider a range of issues relating to diversity and inclusion, engage with research and policy and link all of this to your own experience in the classroom. In your written assignment you will choose one area from this module to reflect upon more deeply.
The Curriculum Studies module is designed for Early Years specialists. In this module, you will explore the nature of young children’s learning, become familiar with the statutory Foundation Stage guidance as well as approaches to planning and assessment. In addition, you will explore the nature of young children’s play, the role of adults in supporting and managing learning and the importance of working with parents and carers.
You will spend a minimum of 120 days in a primary school or early years setting. This will be divided into two blocked school experiences, one will be in Key Stage 1 and the other in the Early Years Foundation Stage. During your placement, you will have an opportunity to practice and apply the knowledge and skills that we have addressed during university sessions. Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which is designed to prepare you fully for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher.
The programme is taught and assessed at master’s level. In addition to the award of QTS, if you pass all academic elements of the programme at an appropriate level, you will graduate with 60 master’s level credits which are equivalent to one-third of a master’s degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.
Further information can be found here PGCE Primary