About the course
Our 38-week, full-time PGCE Primary programme will prepare you to become a general class teacher. You’ll be working with children to motivate, inspire and challenge them in their learning.
The programme comprises of 120 placement days in schools and taught sessions at UEA. Our course will help you to gain a thorough understanding of how schools work and fully prepare you for first teaching post after successful completion of the training programme.
For your school placements, you will be placed in schools in our School Direct Partnership, where you will work with primary age pupils. You will have two main school placements in contrasting schools, in different age ranges, based on your chosen training pathway.
Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.
Find out more about our School Direct courses and the Primary PGCE programme at UEA
Interviews are part of the formal selection process. You will need to present yourself well, come prepared, and dress smartly. Your interview day will include:
- An introductory talk
- An individual interview
- A written task
- Participating in a presentation
How school placements work
UEA’s PGCE Primary programme includes 120 days of teaching practice spread across all three school terms.
You will be based in schools two-thirds of the 38-week programme (120 days).
You’ll gain experience from two main school placements and teach primarily in two age bands within your chosen age range specialism. The placements are in contrasting schools to give you a breadth of school experience.
During the two placements, you will learn to put ideas and theory into practice.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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Prior to submitting your application, you’ll need:
- A GCSE pass at grade C/4 or an equivalent qualification in English language, Mathematics and in a natural Science subject (ie Biology, Chemistry, Physics or a combination of these)
- IELTS 6.5 or an equivalent qualification, if your first language is not English
Prior to beginning the course, you’ll need to have achieved a good honours degree or its equivalent. A degree classification of 2:2 or above is preferred. All degree subjects are considered.
NB: Further degree requirements may apply. Find out more within our Essential Information section of each Primary PGCE
Trainees are selected on the basis of their application form, references and an interview. You are encouraged to prepare thoroughly.
Application forms should demonstrate strengths in subject and curriculum knowledge, your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching, and the age range for which you have applied.
Prior to submitting your application, we recommend you gain some observational experience in a classroom environment if possible. This will help you gain an up-to-date understanding of how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place.
Applicants must also obtain:
- An Enhanced Criminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service
- A satisfactory Health Check. All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.
All trainee teachers must have the health and physical capacity to teach and not put children and young people at risk of harm.
About the training provider
Ignite Teaching School Alliance has an excellent local reputation for supporting teacher training of the highest quality. All of our trainees are recruited by us on behalf of the providers we work with, Ignite then offer an additional layer of support to trainees that is relevant to the context most of our partner schools work in. Many of our trainees are employed in these local partner schools once they have completed their training year. Our aim is to ensure that trainees come into the profession with a high level of readiness to change lives in our local schools and act as part of the solution to the challenging recruitment picture in the area.
About the accredited body
UEA’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the UK’s premier centres for teaching and research in professional education and training. The School’s research has made a difference in schools across the country, influencing approaches to managing classroom behaviour, understanding students' motivation, and creating effective communities for learning.
All of our PGCE tutors have experience of school teaching and leadership, and all are specialists in particular areas of the curriculum. UEA’s expertise, together with our partner schools, means you'll be well-supported throughout your PGCE, both during your time on placement and on campus.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are committed to supporting all trainees with disabilities. Please contact us to discuss any access requirements.
Training with disabilities at UEA.
UEA operates an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from people with disabilities.
All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All candidates offered a place are required to complete an Occupational Health questionnaire. If this reveals any additional needs, UEA will consider reasonable adjustments at the University and in school placements
Find out more about the information and advice available through UEA's Wellbeing Servicehttps://portal.uea.ac.uk/student-support-service/wellbeing
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Ignite Teaching School
Ormiston Venture Academy, Gorleston, Norfolk NR31 7JJ
Support and advice
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