This 2 year part time blended Primary PGCE with QTS course is ideal for those holding a first degree who prefer a blended approach to their learning and the opportunity to complete a PGCE over 2 years, and not the standard 1 year.
The programme is taught online via Independent Distance Learning (IDL) with some focused on-campus learning sessions and classroom based practice in school. The programme covers the development of teaching and learning across all National Curriculum subjects and Professional Learning – including safeguarding, behaviour management and overcoming barriers to learning. All trainees complete Practice of Teaching modules where they develop their theoretical understanding in practical situations in Early Years and/or Primary Classrooms to prepare them for achieving QTS.
Trainees are given the opportunity to specialise in the 3-7 year olds route or the 7-11 year olds route, leading to gaining a PGCE in Primary Education with QTS.
You will be taught through online and distance learning methods including lecture casts, chat rooms and blogs, face to face lectures and workshops, and online forums with personal tutors. You will also engage in work-based training through bespoke teaching placements. Assessment is through a range of methods including electronic assignment submissions, case studies, observations, presentations, and production and evaluation of learning resources.
You will be expected to study approximately 16 hours a week. You will spend two weekends on campus, one in Year 1 and one in Year 2. In order to be eligible for the award of PGCE with QTS, you must also spend a minimum of 120 days in school.
Although you can complete your placement in the school you currently work in, as part of your training you will also need to spend part of the assessed placement in an alternate setting.
Prior to starting the course, you are required to carry out a five-day pre-programme placement, assisting and observing in a primary school of your own choice, with a focus on your elected route. This ensures that all students starting the course have recent and relevant experience in school settings, which will subsequently be built upon during lectures at the University and in the Teaching Practice that follows. During the pre-programme placement, you will complete a pre-placement handbook, which is used as a record of the tasks carried out and a starting point for discussion with your personal tutor
For more information visit: https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/study/education/pgce-primary-education-idl/