The Primary PGCE (QTS) programme at Goldsmiths with either an Early Years (ages 3-7), Key Stage 1 and 2 (ages 5-11) or Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11) specialism is comprised of three modules that have been designed to support you in becoming a reflective, inclusive, creative and engaged practitioner.
The modules that form the programme are:
- Studies and Professional Issues in Research in Education (SPIRE)
- Curriculum Studies
- 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 assignment, you will choose one area from this module to reflect upon more deeply.
The Curriculum Studies module for those following a 3-7 pathway is focussed on Early Years. This module will ask you to draw together theory and practice to develop a deep and focussed understanding of contemporary Early Years classroom practice.
All student teachers will spend a minimum of 120 days in a school, divided into two block school experiences. During your placement, you will have an opportunity to practice and apply the knowledge and skills that we have addressed during university sessions in the age phase/s you have chosen to focus upon. Regardless of your Curriculum Studies specialism, as part of your School Experience, you will be expected to teach across the curriculum and will receive input in all subject areas to support this.
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