The PGCE primary course is a one-year full-time programme. It prepares you to teach in primary schools. You are supported and challenged to evaluate your experience against the government’s initial teacher training 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 activities and reading. 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.
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 safeguarding and special educational needs.
The PGCE course is at a postgraduate Masters level. It offers you the opportunity to gain up to 60 credits at Masters level that can contribute towards a Masters level course. Assignments relate to two modules - ‘Learning and Teaching in Schools’ and ‘Issues in Primary Teaching. One of the assignments is a school-based inquiry project.
University tutors, school-based colleagues and external examiners assess your professional development and practice using a wide range of evidence across the whole course. This evidence includes academic assignments, lesson observations, written reflections, presentations, and collaborative tasks.
All our Initial Teacher Training courses are highly rated locally and many of our students go on to work in partner schools each year. In 2022, Ofsted judged our PGCE courses to be ‘outstanding’.
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.