About the course
Anyone already in education will tell you that teaching is one of the toughest jobs out there. It's also one of the most rewarding. To make sure you’re a successful and confident teacher in the 21st-century, we have devised a vibrant programme informed by research and constantly reviewed to ensure students are equipped with the most up-to-date developments in primary education.
The course prepares you to teach across the age ranges 5-11 and is structured around six modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings.
You will undertake studies in all elements of primary education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year, including during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings.
Our PGCE in General Primary is significantly enhanced with aspects of Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND).
The programme content is delivered through four taught modules and a series of non-assessed and assessed school based placements. These placements are in both mainstream primary and special school settings. Trainees are guided through their learning by experienced university and school based mentors, to enable them to gain the skills and confidence to become effective, successful teachers of primary aged children, especially those with SEND. The programme is designed for trainee teachers wishing to enter the profession in either mainstream or special school settings.
Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendations for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
If you already meet or are expected to meet our entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview is your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher. The interview day consists of a written task, group presentation and individual interview and further information about the format of the day will be sent to you via email in advance of the interview date. The interview is also your chance to find out more about Linwood Teaching School Alliance, the University and the course so if you are invited to interview please take the opportunity to explore our facilities. If you are located outside the UK we are able to consider Skype or telephone interviews.
How school placements work
Trainees are based at Linwood School and in our partner schools within Linwood Teaching School Alliance, which include primary mainstream and other local special schools. Trainees are also included in the School Direct PGCE cohort of the University. The course consists of three placements: the first is in a special school to enhance your SEND knowledge and practices, the second and third placements are formally assessed and will be within a mainstream primary school local to Linwood School.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
The tuition fees for September 2019 entry are £9,250 for UK, EU and Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) students, however the tuition fee for students outside the EU are yet to be confirmed for 2019 entry. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the autumn for confirmation of the fee.
The minimum requirements you will be expected to meet are as follows: an honours degree, usually a 2:2 or above; GCSE English language, mathematics and a science at grade C or 4 or above; and passes in the Department for Education (DfE) skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Equivalencies to academic qualifications are considered on an individual basis, so if you hold qualifications from a number of years ago or from outside the UK, please contact us for confirmation of their suitability.
We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application. Prior experience in a school is not required, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into the primary education classroom. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.
If you accept an offer of a place you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and Prohibition Order check. If you have spent time overseas in the last 5 years you may also be required to obtain criminal records checks from each of the countries you visited. You will also be required to complete an occupational health check to confirm that you are fit to teach. The University of Winchester will send you more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept our offer.
About the training provider
The University of Winchester is recognised by OfSted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher education at both primary and secondary level and has a long history of training teachers. The Linwood Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of schools and other organisations sharing our skills and expertise to improve learning and achievement for every child and young person across Bournemouth and beyond. As a Teaching School Alliance we play a fundamental role in developing a self-sustaining system where new teachers learn from the best teachers, supported through a culture of coaching and mentoring. This course combines the excellence of Winchester University input alongside the Outstanding practices that take place within the Linwood Teaching School Alliance.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Your well-being is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. In partnership with the University of Winchester there is a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies. We work with you to support your well-being and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills. If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs.
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Alma Road, Winton, Bournemouth BH9 1AJ
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