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.
You will be required to select a Specialism Subject at the beginning of your PGCE. These may include, Mathematics, Early Years, Science, English and Inclusion (subject to availability).
If you choose Primary (5-11), your placements will be in Key Stage One, Lower Key Stage Two and Upper Key Stage Two.
The course comprises of three strands and school placements:
- Curriculum Studies - Core and Broader Curriculum
- Professional Studies
- Academic Strand including Specialist Study
- 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.
By the end of the course you will meet the required professional standards for Qualified Teachers Status (QTS) and 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.