The PGCE primary course is a one-year full-time programme. It prepares you to teach in primary schools, addressing the government’s initial teacher training requirements. You are supported and challenged to evaluate your experience against these requirements and participate in activities throughout the year to develop new skills and knowledge.
You will spend at least two thirds of your time on the course working in schools, returning to the University for a number of days across the year.
Prior to the course, you will undertake pre-course reading related to primary education and to educational matters generally. We expect you to keep up to date with educational debates and current issues in the media. It is also a very important time for you to develop your knowledge of the subjects in the primary curriculum.
The structure of the course
At University you are part of a vibrant cohort of beginning primary teachers. You will explore principles which underlie the teaching of the primary curriculum, varied and detailed approaches to teaching the curriculum and wider issues of becoming a teacher such as child protection and special educational needs.
The PGCE course is at a postgraduate Masters level. It incorporates two 30-credit modules ‘Schools and Society’ and ‘Learning and Teaching’. This includes a school-based inquiry project. These count towards the MA in Education.
Practical Teaching is assessed by the University tutors, school based mentors and coordinators, and External Examiners. Account is taken of your work over all of the course.
On the course, you are required to submit various pieces of work related to your course. The assignments may be written pieces or presentations and may include collaborative work.
All our Initial Teacher Training courses are highly rated locally and many of our students go on to work in partner schools each year. Ofsted judged the PGCE course to be ‘outstanding’ in 2014.
Some of the key strengths are: University leaders who have an excellent track record of improving this already high-quality provision and demonstrate an outstanding capacity to develop and improve the quality of training and trainees’ outcomes even further. Their very strong integration of theory and practice, informed by the most up-to-date and relevant research, enabling trainees to gain an in-depth understanding of the latest developments in education and in their subject areas. The shared vision and ethos, which permeates the partnership.