Sheffield Hallam University
Primary (3-7) (X121)

PGCE with QTS full time

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.shu.ac.uk

Contents

About the course

  • Build knowledge of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) and curriculum on this Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ course
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm you need to motivate young children’s learning and graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Evaluate and reflect on your own progress as a teacher and explore a chosen area in more depth in your school or setting

This course equips you with the skills needed for the demanding task of teaching 3 to 7 year old children in nursery and infant schools. We offer the course in partnership with local and regional primary, infant and nursery schools.

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/2022 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. Our tuition fees for EU students starting in 2021/22 are also yet to be confirmed. See our website for more details.

You study the core subjects of English, mathematics and science for Key Stage 1 and all aspects of the early years foundation stage. As part of the course you gain 60 credits towards a masters qualification. Academic work is assessed by written coursework assignments. Your teaching is assessed in schools and by school based mentors. You record evidence of your progress towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in a professional development portfolio.

You learn through

  • written coursework assignments
  • professional development portfolio
  • school-based training

Find out more on our website

Interview process

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

The selection event is a process which assesses if you’re suitable for a place on the course. It’s a chance to show us your knowledge about the subject and your enthusiasm for the career. Being invited to a selection event doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a place on the course - the point of the day is to help us come to a mutual decision. We need to decide whether to make you an offer and you need to decide whether you like the course and the university.

We aim to make the interview process as rigorous and informative as possible. It’s very much a two-way process, where you can evaluate what we offer while we find out more about you. In order to help us explore your thinking and subject knowledge, and for you to decide if this is the right course for you, we have a number of activities we usually use as part of the interview process.

Find out more on our website

How school placements work

Much of your development is built through your school-based training, linked by university-based learning. Your first experience is in Key Stage 1. It begins with 16 initial days followed by 7 week assessed placement. The second school based training placement is in a foundation stage setting and is over a longer time period. In total you spend 120 days in school over the year.

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. When applying through School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you’ve applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the intention that you will be employed by them if you successfully complete the course.

Fees

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,460

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £9,250 for the course. Our tuition fee for EU students starting in 2021/22 is yet to be confirmed.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

If you are starting a PGCE in primary education you may be entitled to financial support:

Find out more: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/options/teach/bursaries

Requirements

Qualifications

GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics and science, or equivalent*. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English.

An honours degree (normally 2.2 or above).

GCSE maths and English equivalents

  • 12 Level 2 credits from an Access course
  • equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
  • GCSE science equivalents
  • 12 Level 2 credits from an Access course
  • Science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
  • OCR Level 2 Science
  • BTEC Level 2 Science, Applied or Medical Science

Personal qualities

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

Other requirements

You will be required to complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.

About the training provider

Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK’s largest universities, based in the heart of Sheffield, one of the UK’s biggest student cities.

Sheffield is the fifth biggest city in the UK with over 60,000 students, it has a mix of culture and green spaces.

We have invested over £100 million in new buildings and facilities over the last five years, providing innovative, flexible and sustainable spaces to enhance student experience.

Sheffield Hallam University has been awarded The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year for Teaching Quality 2020. The award recognises our consistently high student satisfaction scores, as measured by the independent National Student Survey (NSS).

We pride ourselves on the applied nature of our courses. We offer one of the largest and most diverse range of placements in the region. We’ve built up a network of over 600 partner schools, colleges and other educational establishments, and we work together to our mutual advantage.

You will study at our centre of education that is recognised for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. Our academics, researchers and partners in schools work together to ensure you become a committed and professional graduate, with the opportunity to return to us throughout your career to further your professional development.

Find out more on our website

Training with disabilities and other needs

If you have a disability, including long term medical conditions, specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and A(D)HD) and mental health conditions, you can access additional support for your academic studies whilst at Sheffield Hallam.

Students can receive support for a wide variety of conditions. There is extensive support available, including

  • Learning contracts- reasonable adjustments to your course such as extensions or extra time in exams

  • Support workers - like a mentor to help with organisation, or a personal assistant to help with mobility

  • Equipment/Assistive Technology and software - such as digital recorders or text to speech software

We have an on-site assessment Centre, the Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre, where a range of disability specialists can carry out Study Needs Assessments.

We run daily drop in sessions - come and talk to us, no appointment needed. You can also register for support online.

Contact details

Email
admissions@shu.ac.uk
Telephone
0114 225 5533
Website
http://www.shu.ac.uk
Address
City Campus
Pond Street
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S1 1WB

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