Our Primary PGCE develops effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers. This programme provides students with the skills and expertise to support children’s learning and prepares them to teach in an inclusive urban environment. We ensure that our students show a concern for professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviour expected from pupils.
This programme will prepare students for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in line with the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards (2012). UCL works in partnership with around 200 primary schools, enabling students to fully prepare to be a primary teacher. Students learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects, with an emphasis on mathematics as a subject in its own right as well as the link between mathematics and other subject areas. The programme is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (2013).
Students on the Primary PGCE programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools and at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). As part of the programme students will spend up to 120 days on placements at primary schools, during which time their teaching experience will be supported by a tutor and a school-based mentor. IOE tutors have extensive experience of teaching, school management, inspection, research and consultancy.
Primary PGCE mathematics students spend time across the Foundation stage, Key Stage 1 and 2 and they gain experience of teaching across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Students will learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects, with mathematics as a speciality.
The programme consists of three core modules, two at Master’s-level (level 7) covering Teaching and Learning and mathematics, and one at Undergraduate-level (level 6), plus three school placements.
The programme is delivered via a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study. Students will be supported though a virtual learning environment. Assessment is through assignments, presentations, audits, feedback and tutorials. A final assessment is based on a range of evidence including observations of teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study.
As part of the programme students will spend up to 120 days on placements at primary schools, during which time their teaching experience will be supported by a tutor and mentor.