PGCE Primary with QTS

FULL TIME Course: PGCE Primary with QTS

Key features of the course

·       The Primary PGCE is an initial teacher training and education course, designed to empower you to become a confident and competent qualified teacher.

·       With 60 credits at Master’s level, the Primary PGCE can open doors to further study and other employment opportunities.

·       Full time and part time routes available

·       120 days teaching in schools plus additional days which focus on very specific teaching skills

·       You can either follow the Early Years (Ages 3-7) route or Later Years (Ages 5-11) route.

·       We have a strong partnership with the university and with our schools. We organise placements for you in supportive environments with access to expert colleagues and mentors to support you in completing your initial teacher training and gaining qualified status through experiential learning.

What will you study and when?

School experience is a substantial and integral part of the course and you will have school experience visit days and block placements in terms 1, 2 and 3.

The full-time course is 36 weeks in total.  24 weeks will be spent in partnership schools. In addition, up to 8 days will be spent in schools focusing on specific teaching skills.

Indicative themes explored through the course content are outlined below, although regular updates mean that exact content may differ.

The Developing Teacher

(30 credits at Masters level)

Indicative overview of content 

This module looks at your development as a teacher.  It will focus on creating your teacher identity through critically reflective models, experiences and analysis of relevant theories and research. There are three distinct strands. These are:

  • Developing professional behaviours including reflective practice and professionalism
  • Developing behaviour management including the learning environment and behaviour for learning
  • Developing inclusive practice.

This is the first assessed module and will help develop your philosophy of teaching.

The Learning Child

(30 credits at Masters Level)

Indicative overview of content

This module looks at understanding how to support children to learn. It will focus on understanding how children develop and learn, subject specific pedagogies,

adapting teaching to meet different needs of learners and the role of assessment. You will cover all of the core and foundation subjects from the National Curriculum

in this module.  There are three distinct strands. These are:

  • Child Development and Learning Theories
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum (including all core and foundation subjects)
  • Professional Development.

This is the second assessed module and will help you research effective methods of teaching and learning to support all children.

Life in School:

School Experience

(Qualified Teacher Status)

Indicative overview of content

This module is your School Experience (SE) module and will involve school placements. In order to pass this module, you need to demonstrate that you have met all of the Teachers’ Standards including Part 2 by the end of your initial teacher training. It will also provide you with experiences to aid your reflections and mentoring to support your progress. There are a series of professional development days within the module, designed to support your progress with meeting the Standards.

This is the final module which will be assessed at the end of your placements.


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