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. Primary schools currently in our cluster for 2019/20 are:
*Please note that this list may be subject to change*
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
You may also be asked to complete other relevant tasks such as:
- Working with small groups of pupils
- Giving a presentation
- A group interview
- Literacy, numeracy and subject knowledge questions
How school placements work
UEA’s PGCE Primary 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 2019/2020 are as follows:
For any additional course costs at the University of East Anglia please visit our website
Prior to submitting your application, you'll need:
- A GCSE pass at grade C 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 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.
If offered a place, prior to registration in September, all applicants will be required to:
About the training provider
At Litcham School we have been supporting PGCE students for many years and have experienced and enthusiastic staff, who value the process of mentoring students through their first steps to becoming outstanding teachers.
In partnership with the UEA we can offer a supportive Early Years and Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 placements where students are offered a personal programme to support their development and progress their teaching skills.
Litcham School is situated about 18 miles west of Norwich and is one of only two all through schools in Norfolk. We have pupils from Reception to GCSE split across two sites. We are situated in a rural location and serve many small villages, with the secondary phase offering places to pupils from over 30 villages. The catchment area provides a mix of backgrounds. The school has close links with the other schools in the cluster and across the west of the county.
The school was inspected by Ofsted in November 2015 when we were judged to be a “good school”. The report states: “Teachers provide effective learning opportunities and engage well with pupils. Teachers plan lessons that help pupils make good progress from their individual starting points. Pupils make good progress. The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.”
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
At Litcham School we operate an equal opportunities policy. Individual needs are catered for and can be discussed at interview or on task day.
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.
Find out more about the information and advice available through UEA's Wellbeing Service
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