University of Leicester Primary (3-7) (X124)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.le.ac.uk/pgce

Contents

Course summary

Our PGCE Primary has been running for over 60 years and schools tell us we are developing the kind of teachers they want to employ. This is reflected in 100% of our students being awarded Qualified Teacher Status at the end of their course and the majority of our graduates securing a teaching post.

Tutors on the Primary PGCE course all have extensive experience as classroom teachers and are specialists in a wide range of educational areas. These strengths are recognised within the Primary PGCE course, both in the specialist course options offered, and through the expert contributions to all strands of the course.

If you choose Lower Primary (3-7) your placements will be in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.

The course comprises of three strands and school placements:

  • Curriculum Studies - Core and Broader Curriculum
  • Professional Studies
  • Academic Strand
  • Teaching Experience in primary schools. These placements will be in contrasting schools to provide you with a broad range of experience.

Teaching approaches are varied; whole-course lectures, taught sessions in tutor groups, some work in focus schools and individual tutorials. Some of these sessions will be taught in differentiated groups, with specialist Primary and Lower Primary based sessions and small group subject support sessions.

The PGCE Primary course prepares you to teach across the full range of the Primary Curriculum. We will introduce you to the wider context of teaching, including responding to diversity in schools and the inclusion of Special Needs Education, as well as equipping you with classroom management and planning skills.

If, by the end of the course, you successfully meet the required professional standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will be awarded a University of Leicester PGCE. If you pass the level 7 assignments on the course, you will also have 90 credits towards a Masters Degree. Our strong ethos of reflective practice will prepare you well for your future career in teaching.

School placements

Phase 1 Placement

This is a paired placement, which takes place during the Autumn Term, with two students working together in one class. This gives you the opportunity to work with a partner to develop classroom skills in a supportive environment. You will focus on developing observation skills to support your understanding of teaching and learning and to put your learning into practice. During this placement you and your partner will work towards taking an increased responsibility for teaching the class.

Phase 2 Placement

The second teaching placement takes place in the Spring Term. The amount of time spent teaching the class increases over the placement until you have responsibility for up to 80% of the timetable.

Phase 3 Placement

The third teaching placement takes place in the Summer Term with students working towards taking responsibility for 80% of the teaching timetable.

Throughout each of these placements you will be encouraged to participate fully in the life of the school and to take full advantage of the tasks and activities designed by your tutors to support your development. It is expected that through your three placements you will gain experience across the age range that you are training to teach.

In addition to the teaching placements, you will also have the opportunity to visit other schools within our extensive partnership. This may include a day, or a sequence of days, working with a group of students and expert colleagues in school, focussing on particular areas of the curriculum.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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.

We accept equivalency tests from EquivalencyTesting.com or A Star Equivalency.

Personal qualities

Primary (3-7) is a very demanding course and we are looking for applicants with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experience and aptitude.

Our key selection criteria are:

  • Ability to form relationships

  • Good communication skills

  • Commitment to teaching

  • An awareness of the role of the teacher and the demands of the profession

  • Reflective qualities

  • Emotional resilience

  • Awareness of contemporary issues in education

Other requirements

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report. The University will provide more information about this should you be offered a place.

All offers are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure. We will provide instructions regarding the DBS application process once you have accepted an offer of a place on the course.

If you have lived abroad for over three months or more in the past five years you may be required to complete an Overseas Police Check. We will provide further information should you be offered a place.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £17,500

PGCE students can apply for loans from Student Finance England and may be entitled to a [tax-free bursary] - (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-teacher-training)

Please note that International students will not be eligible for bursaries offered by the Department for Education. For more information, please visit the [Get into Teaching website] - (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-teacher-training)

Financial support from the training provider

The University of Leicester offer a range of scholarships and funding. Please visit our [website to find out more]: (https://le.ac.uk/study/postgraduates/fees-funding/scholarships-discounts)

About the training provider

The School of Education has a long and successful history of teacher training and a strong reputation for producing graduate teachers prized by schools.

The School of Education is located in the heart of Leicester, identified in recent research as one of the most affordable study destinations in Britain. We are within five minutes’ walk of both the railway station and the main University of Leicester campus with its student support services and award-winning library.

The School of Education works in partnership with over 150 local schools. They represent an unusually varied and interesting range of institutions, including rural village schools, suburban and inner city schools and academies, and special schools. Many of the schools have a diverse, multi-ethnic population. Training to teach here provides the solid foundations to teach in a range of different contexts.

We are also a proactive partner with individual schools and alliances who offer the University of Leicester PGCE via the School Direct and SCITT training routes. Our close and collaborative relationship with partner schools ensures that, whichever training route they choose, University of Leicester PGCE students benefit from the same wide-ranging but consistently high quality experiences.

Interview process

If invited for interview, you will have an opportunity to speak to members of the Primary PGCE Team who will give an overview of the course and answer any questions you may have.

If you are applying for a School Direct route, you may have already completed a school-based interview.

You will participate in a group task with candidates and will lead a brief group discussion on one of the topics you will have been sent prior to the interview. You will also carry out written tasks in English and Maths. This will take place either remotely or in person at the University.

Then you will be interviewed by either a member of the Primary PGCE team or one of our school-based colleagues. The interview is not a daunting process but rather a discussion about your suitability and preparation for going into teaching.

If you are successful on the selection day, you will be give pre-course targets to work on, prior to starting the course. These will help you to be in the best possible position to engage successfully with the course from the start.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • 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 School of Education’s AccessAbility Tutor will contact all students who declare a disability and offer advice about the support which they may be entitled. We ask students to tell us how their disability may affect their learning and any adjustments they needed in order to access their studies.

These requests, with students’ permission, are passed on to the relevant tutors, lecturers and schools so that they can accommodate all student needs.

Students can contact the School of Education’s AccessAbility Tutor and the University’s AccessAbility Centre for further advice or to report a problem.

Some examples of how we support students with disabilities include:

  • Accessible school placements provided for students with a physical disability.

  • Tutors who are sensitive to the needs of students with mental health difficulties.

  • Slide presentations and resources are made available to all students at least 24 hours before a session takes place.

  • The AccessAbility Centre provides after hours appointments for PGCE students who are on placement and unable to attend during the day.

  • Disabled parking permits are provided to enable students with physical disabilities to park close to university buildings.

  • A variety of lesson planning templates is discussed with students with dyslexia to identify one that meets their needs and aids progression.

Contact this training provider

Email
EdEnquiries@le.ac.uk
Telephone
0116 252 3676
Website
http://www.le.ac.uk/pgce
Address
21 University Road
Leicester
United Kingdom
LE1 7RF

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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