This course is delivered via a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops to provide you with opportunities to develop your understanding of theory and practical skills, whilst reflecting on your school-based experiences.
Placements will form a large part of your learning and throughout the duration of your course you will undertake two assessed placements within our partnership schools. Arranged by Northumbria University, your placements will cover a wide range of activities including group and individual tasks, observation and the planning and delivery of lessons.
This course is assessed via a range of methods that include written assignments (at Level 6 & 7), presentations, reflective personal portfolios and school-based assessments related to the planning and conduct of teaching a lesson. These methods will enable you to demonstrate that you have met the requirements to achieve PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status, aligned to the Teachers’ Standards 2012.
You will spend most of your time in school in both non-assessed and assessed placements
Initial Paired Placement (Non-Assessed): This is usually a 9 week placement that takes place in School A from October-December.
First Assessed Placement: This is usually a 9 week placement also in School A during January and February
Final Assessed Placement: This is usually a 10 week placement in School B from April-June
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’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
Please note, equivalency tests must be passed, prior to your application. We approve equivalency tests from equivalencytesting.com https://www.equivalencytesting.com/
Applicants are responsible for funding these tests.
Candidates should have a genuine desire to support primary aged children to reach their potential.
(*) have good interpersonal skills
(*) have a positive outlook
(*) be resilient
(*) have a flexible approach
(*) enjoy challenge
(*) be able to cope with change
All offers of places on this course are subject to a satisfactory DBS Disclosure and Health Clearance.
Although not compulsory, any prior experience in supporting the educational opportunities of children in the 5-11 year age range is desirable.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
The main additional expense is the cost of travelling to your placement schools.
About the training provider
Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne,(https://www.northumbria.ac.uk) a ‘new kind of excellent University’ has a long history of Teacher Education. Situated at the Coach Lane Campus you will be training in a professional environment with students from a range of other disciplines such as Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Social Work.
By Ofsted, we are judged to be a Good Initial Teacher Training Provider.
We offer the following PGCE Initial Teacher Training programmes:
PGCE Primary Education.
This is an intensive programme over one year with at least 120 days spent in school and approximately 45 days training in University. School based training is based in one of our Partnership Schools (around 700 from Berwick to the Tees) The age focus is 5-11 years.
All candidates are interviewed for a place on the course.
You will have a single online group interview with members of the academic team and often colleagues from one of our partnership schools. You can expect your interview to last approximately 60 minutes.
There will be a reading task as part of this interview. You will need to select a poem which you think would be suitable to share with children within the primary age range. As part of the interview you will be asked to share it, or a section of it, to your interviewer/s, as though you were sharing with a group of children. You need to also be prepared to discuss how you might use this poem to address an area of the National Curriculum.
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
As part of a large University all students have access to a wide range of support services and specialist advice and guidance while studying. The University has a Student Support and Wellbeing Team all who have a remit to support students whatever their need. Students who have a specific long term additional need can be assessed via the DSSR process. This ensures that the tutors who work with you know about your needs and are able to make adjustments to ensure that potential barriers to you reaching your potential are reduced or removed.
The following are examples of support that students have been able to access
(* ) extra time for exams, presentations and extensions to hand-in dates
(* ) material in large font
(* ) permission to make a audio recording of lectures
The following video highlights the main features of the University Student Support and Wellbeing Services and gives a flavour of the services offered (https://youtu.be/02aSoqvTJI0)
In the past students with physical, visual and hearing impairments, students with dyslexia and dyscalculia, and students with a range of mental health issues have all been supported to complete their training successfully.
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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
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).