Students on this programme will have the opportunity to develop into 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. On completion of the programme students will have a clear understanding of progression, since the QTS qualification applies to the whole primary age-range, whilst a student’s teaching experience will be in early years foundation stage (EYFS) and KS1. The Early Years Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 route 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, nurseries and children’s centres to enable students to fully prepare to be a primary teacher with an EY/KS1 focus. The programme is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (2013).
Students on the Primary PGCE (EYFS/KS1) programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools, EY settings and at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).
Primary PGCE (EYFS/KS1) students spend time in school observing across the Foundation stage and Key Stages 1 and 2, and they gain experience of teaching across Early Years and Key Stage 1. Students will learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects and the EYFS curriculum. They will also select one subject for specialist study from the range that we offer (i.e. Literacy, Geography, Mathematics, Music, Computing, MFL and Science).
The programme consists of three core modules, two at Master’s-level (level 7) covering Teaching and Learning and the subject specialism, 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 time in placement at a school or Early Years settings, during which time their teaching experience will be supported by a tutor and mentor. Students will spend up to 120 days on placements.