The PGCE Primary course is a full time, one year Initial Teacher Education qualification for people who want to become primary school teachers. It has been designed to enable you to demonstrate evidence of having met the Teachers’ Standards that lead to Qualified Teacher Status for the Primary Age Phase. Whilst undertaking the University-led PGCE route into teaching you will work towards securing 60 Master’s level credits. This is an integral part of the programme. We strongly believe that innovative and effective teaching and learning is made possible through a teacher’s full engagement with research informed practice and underpinning theories of learning. This is fostered in two modules and developed through School Based Training. You will be well supported in becoming a critically reflective teacher capable of inspiring pupils to learn, achieve and flourish.
You will be supported and taught by specialist tutors with excellent experience, knowledge and research informed expertise. Partnership schools provide opportunities for you to learn about pedagogical approaches relevant to the full range of National Curriculum subjects and the professional responsibilities of all teachers.
You will have two School Based Training placements, where, with the support of a Teacher Mentor and a University Tutor, you will develop your skills to become an excellent classroom teacher. Training to teach is exciting, rewarding and demanding. By the end of the course you will be well prepared for employment as an early career teacher (ECT).
During the course you will undertake School Based Training in two contrasting primary schools.
Your School Based Training will total a minimum of 120 days.
The University of Hertfordshire partners with a wide and diverse range of schools. We will endeavour to place you at appropriate schools within a reasonable commuting distance. We place students in schools across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and North London.
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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
Through the application and interview process, you will need to demonstrate your passion for teaching and potential to lead learning. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are vital in classrooms of today alongside the ability to be organised, adaptable and resilient. As a successful candidate you will be able to provide evidence of empathy, respect and an inclusive attitude.
You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to respond to targeted and relevant health questions. Guidance will be provided after you have been offered a place.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
The University of Hertfordshire is a leading regional provider of Initial Teacher Education. Consistently high achieving in its Ofsted inspections and in the Guardian and Times League tables, it is rightly proud of its excellent reputation with local and regional schools who often employ our student teachers.
The School of Education has an excellent record of employment for trainees on their Initial Teacher Education programmes, and those who actively seek a teaching post at the end of their programme are successful in joining the profession.
After completing Initial Teacher Education there are opportunities to continue your studies with the University through the MA Education Framework.
Suitability to train to teach is assessed at interview.
We are looking to select trainees who:
have the passion, commitment and enthusiasm to teach in primary schools
are resilient and able to work under pressure
You will give a short presentation, details will be sent with your interview invitation. At the conclusion of the individual interview you will complete a short written task.
Interviews will be held online by video meeting.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University of Hertfordshire is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to ensure that it meets the needs of disabled people and has policies that are intended to support all students both in their studies and in developing their professional practice.
If you have a disability or other need we encourage you to disclose this and any other relevant information that could support your studies.
The School of Education at the University of Hertfordshire provides both academic and practice placement support for teachers in training with disabilities and other needs.
University of Hertfordshire Hatfield Hertfordshire AL10 9AB
Support and advice
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