Typical Course Length
The Primary PGCE course aims to give student teachers the professional skills needed to become successful teachers who can engage all learners and lead learning across the primary age range. You will gain an understanding of children’s development and learning across the Foundation and upper primary age range. Working across all Areas of Learning and Experience, you will work with skilled and experienced practitioners to in learning to teach ambitious, capable and confident learners who are informed and confident about the world beyond school. This is an innovative course, which will give you an enriched understanding of the progression of pupils into the next phases of their education through focussed experiences in other phases of schooling.
- A degree in any subject.
- Grade B (Grade 5 in England) in Mathematics and English at GCSE or equivalent.
- The University offers tests in these subjects if you do not have these requirements. Grade C GCSE in a science subject.
- A minimum of two weeks experience or observation in a school setting is an advantage.
- Literacy and numeracy skills tests will form part of the selection process on the day of the interview.
Together with your fellow students on the primary and other secondary programmes, you will study the principles of effective pedagogy, assessment, lesson and curriculum planning. You will participate actively in learning, contributing to seminars, delivering presentations and engaging critically with research. During the University sessions, you will plan and deliver micro-lessons in preparation for the practical element of the course. You will study the full range of the primary curriculum with an opportunity to focus on specialist areas and phases in either the Foundation Phase or Upper Primary.
You will be supported in developing your knowledge of those areas outside your degree studies. There will be a focus on the development of learners’ literacy, numeracy and digital competence. Placements will occur in selected Partnership Cluster Hubs where schools will have close link with the University and where trained mentors will be guiding and supporting your development. On placement, you will work closely with your subject mentor and the University Link Tutor to develop your practical skills in teaching.
In addition to specialist placements in primary schools, you will experience a short placement in a secondary school working to develop your understanding of the continuum of children’s learning. You will also undertake an action research project to develop an aspect of your practice and begin your career as a research-informed teacher.
Undergraduate lecturers in the School of Education are either qualified to PhD standard or are experienced practitioners in their field. All teaching staff currently possess, or are working towards, a recognised teaching qualification.
Teaching & Learning
Assessment on the course takes a range of forms including, for example: essays, reflective writing, presentations, lesson plans, action research project. There are no formal examinations.
Assessment of practice takes place throughout all three placements on a continuous basis.
All teachers are responsible for the teaching of the three cross-curriculum themes of literacy, numeracy and digital competence. Students will be supported in planning the delivery of literacy, numeracy and digital competence in the context of their own subject.