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.
Being a school direct trainee with us will mean that you know where your main school placement and who your mentor is before the summer holiday. There is no paired placement with Sheringham's school direct route and you spend a higher percentage of your time in one school allowing deeper relationships with the school and children to develop. Although we are based in North Norfolk we have partnership schools across the county where you may complete your training depending on your home location.
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 and tour of the school
- An individual interview
- A written task
- Working with small groups of pupils
You may also be asked to complete other relevant tasks such as:
- Giving a presentation
- A group interview
- Literacy, numeracy and subject knowledge questions
How school placements work
UEA’s PGCE Primary school direct programme places great emphasis on practical skills and the realities of classroom teaching.
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-based experience.
During the two extensive placements in our partnership schools, you’ll gain a broad range of practical teaching experience. You will learn to put ideas and theory into practice as you work in university and your placement schools.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Before application submission, you’ll need:
- A GCSE pass at grade C/4 or equivalent in English language, Mathematics and in a natural Science subject (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or a combination of these)
- IELTS 6.5 overall (a minimum of 6 in each component) or equivalent, if your first language isn't English
Before beginning the course, you’ll need to have achieved a good honours degree or 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 the Essential Information sectionof each Primary PGCE courses
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.
We need to see that you are passionate about a career in teaching and show the resilience to persevere.
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.
If offered a place, prior to the start of the course in September, all applicants will be required to:
About the training provider
We are a large Primary School situated in North Norfolk but our alliance spreads throughout the county and we have trainees placed across the region from King's Lynn to Great Yarmouth and from Cromer to Thetford with everywhere in between!
We have been involved with school direct for a number of years and are very experienced and knowledgeable in this field; we work closely with our providers to ensure high standards of training are achieved.
Once recruited we allocate schools from our alliance partners to individuals based on location and age range required. Successful applicants all know where their main school placements will be in July.
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
SCITT: We support all trainees based on their individual needs. Working with our providers this has included those with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions. Plans are developed with trainees to ensure that they can fully access in centre training, operate effectively on school placement and complete written assignments.
All of our providers have full disabled access as do all the schools in the partnership. However, applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools.
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 a health declaration form. If this reveals a need, UEA will consider reasonable adjustments, which may include particular school placements, and other support and monitoring during the course.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
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University of East Anglia
Support and advice
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