University of Huddersfield Primary (2CZ7)

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.hud.ac.uk/the-university/teacher-training/

Contents

About the course

If you’re striving to become a primary school teacher, then this course will help you on your way. The course focuses on developing the skills you need to teach children from ages three to eleven years and upon successful completion we’ll recommend Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Why Primary and Early Years Education?

  • The course content is designed to support you to achieve the full breadth of the Teachers’ Standards by the end of your training, through a combination of university-based and school-based training. You’ll have the opportunity to gain comprehensive knowledge of the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science), the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage and the full breadth of the National Curriculum.
  • We know there’s no substitute for learning how to teach in the classroom environment, so we give you lots of opportunity to gain practical experience across our partnership schools, starting from your first term. In fact, you’ll undertake a range of longer and shorter enrichment placements every year. Your placements will be organised by our dedicated placements team alongside your academic tutors to ensure you get the experience you need. As part of your placements, you’ll be able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical, hands-on experience of classroom teaching and benefit from one-to-one mentoring. It’s all designed to help you develop your skills and achieve your potential as an inspiring primary school teacher.
  • While you’re studying at Huddersfield, you’ll be able to access our extensive professional and academic network, not to mention our excellent facilities and specialist equipment, including our mock Early Years and Primary classrooms designed to help you prepare for the real world of classroom teaching.

School placements

A key element of your studies and learning takes place whilst you’re on placement. In Years 1 and 2, on average, trainees undertake a compulsory block teaching placement of between 6-8 weeks duration and also undertake shorter enrichment placements (also compulsory) of between 1-4 weeks per placement. The aim of these shorter placements is to focus on topics including special educational needs, behaviour management, English and mathematics. In the final Year, trainees undertake a compulsory block placement of between 12 – 13 weeks duration. In recent years students have undertaken placements in special schools, pupil referral units and in settings for children with communication needs.

Your placements could be based in areas some distance from your point of study, so please be aware of potential associated travelling costs.

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.

Personal qualities

You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic capabilities to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.

Other requirements

  • Offers subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children. We also ask you to complete a health declaration to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
  • You should provide two references. Where applicants have current or recent experience working with children or young people, one of the referees should be a member of staff who can comment on your potential to train to teach.
  • If your first language is not English, you will need IELTS 7.0.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £16,000

You can apply for a tuition fee loan as part of your application to Student Finance England for loans and grants. Student Finance England will pay your fees direct to the University.

You don’t have to pay the loan back while you study. It will only be repayable when you have left the course and earn over £25,000 a year.

When you enrol we will ask you who will be paying for your fees and whether you have requested a loan. If you have not taken the loan, we will send you an invoice for the fees, which will require payment in full during the relevant academic year.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance (https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/tuition-fees/) pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

About the training provider

Whether you want to teach in early years, primary, secondary or lifelong learning, we’ll help you get the professional training and experience needed to become a confident and successful teacher. We operate strong and credible partnerships with local and national education providers, including leading The Education and Training Consortium consisting of 21 regional partners. So if you’re looking to pursue a career in teaching then we could be the perfect choice.

We combine the latest research and cutting-edge teaching practice to help ensure our trainees are able to equip themselves with the most relevant and up-to-date skills needed in the classroom.

We have excellent facilities in the School of Education and Professional Development including our mock classrooms for early years and primary practice, our science lab and music studio to support your preparation for the classroom.

Our aim is to develop teachers who can transform the learning and life opportunities of the children, young people and adults they work with. Through inclusive practice, reflection and continuous personal development, our trainees are empowered to become autonomous practitioners who enable all learners to reach their potential. We have an excellent reputation both locally and nationally.

By choosing to study with the University of Huddersfield, you’ll join an inspiring, passionate and committed community focused on making your studies as enjoyable, rewarding and productive as possible. We look forward to welcoming you.

Interview process

You will be shortlisted for interview based on your application. The following selection procedures are designed to assess your suitability to train to teach:

  • You will have an interview with a member of the course team
  • You will be asked to prepare and lead an activity with a small group of children in one of our partnership schools
  • Complete tasks designed to evaluate your fundamental English and Mathematics skills

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

Our Wellbeing and Disability Service works with students with a range of disabilities and long-term conditions that have a significant impact on their ability to study. This includes specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, mobility or physical disabilities or conditions, hearing impairments, visual impairments, social communication difficulties such as autistic spectrum conditions or mental health issues.

Our main aim is to work alongside you to get the right support in place at the right time as we believe that nothing should stop you achieving what you’re capable of. For more information please email disability@hud.ac.uk.

Contact this training provider

Email
sepd@hud.ac.uk
Telephone
01484 478249
Website
https://www.hud.ac.uk/the-university/teacher-training/
Address
Queensgate
Huddersfield
Kirklees
HD1 3DH

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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