About the course
This course will give you the skills and understanding needed to successfully meet the needs of children in the classroom.
The part-time route (teaching 5-11s) might be ideal for you if you're looking to change career, to earn while you learn or if for personal circumstances you're unable to pursue a teacher training programme on a full-time basis.
The part time route will be offered as Primary General 5 to 11 and will run from September 2020 to July 2022. The part of the PGCE programme taught at the University will run on the same two days per week across the first and second years. These are likely to be Thursdays and Fridays leaving you with the rest of the week to study and/or attend to your other commitments.
The school-based training days do not have a fixed number of days each week but will be agreed flexibly between the placement school(s), us at the University and you as the trainee teacher. You will need to complete 120 days in school with a fairly equal split across the two years. While the majority of your time on placement will be on part-time basis (to be agreed individually), each year of the course you will need to spend at least two weeks in your placement school on a full-time basis (at least 10 days each year).
The setting of this course also provides you with the opportunities to understand the urban context and experience working with children from a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds. While the PGCE is an academic qualification, the emphasis is very much on practical experience, with around two thirds of the course spent in school.
You’ll also learn by attending workshops and group discussions, but this course is practical and very hands-on in its approach.
All trainees will learn to teach across the range of subjects in the primary National Curriculum, with a strong focus on English and mathematics.
Whichever route you choose, you’ll also be able to take one module in any National Curriculum subject or RE, depending upon demand.
You will be required to attend one interview. Interviews include:
• exploration of curriculum knowledge
• discussions about relevant experiences
• a presentation or small teaching exercise
• written task
We also look for:
• good communication skills
• potential / suitability to be a good teacher
• robustness to cope with the demands of the course
How school placements work
You will spend at least 120 days – working in schools on block placements gaining valuable real-life experience in schools. The 120 days will be split over a minimum of two placements in different schools.
The school-based training days do not have a a fixed number of days each week but will be agreed flexibly between the placement school(s), us at the University and you as the trainee teacher. Your 120 days in school will be split fairly equally across the two years. While the majority of your time on placement will be on part-time basis (to be agreed individually), each year of the course you will need to spend at least two weeks in your placement school on a full-time basis (at least 10 days each year).
You will gain direct teaching experience and work with experienced practitioners in the classroom. School placements are predominantly in West Midlands primary schools. You will be assigned a trained mentor and/or a tutor while on placement, who will support and guide your work, as well as provide training and feedback.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
The fee for UK and EU students for this course is £4625 per year.
- An undergraduate Honours degree at 2:2 or above from a UK higher education institution, or a recognised equivalent, in a relevant subject.
- GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or its equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject at the point of enrolment.
- For entry onto a teaching course you’ll need to pass the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before you are able to enrol.
Full entry requirements can be found on the page for each course on our website: www.bcu.ac.uk/education
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Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit, successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfying any other safeguarding check required for your course.
While not essential, you may wish to gain some school experience before attending interview.
About the training provider
At Birmingham City University’s School of Education and Social Work, we never give up in our aspirations for tomorrow’s teachers. Our student teachers will be ‘the village’ it takes ‘to raise a child’. Training more teachers than anyone else in the region (HESA, 2016), we educate Birmingham, teaching generations of professionals to teach generations of young people.
We’re ranked 3rd in the UK for our undergraduate education courses (Guardian League Tables 2020). Our courses are taught by staff who are experienced professionals and maintain links with their sector to ensure you get the most up-to-date learning during your course. Many are research active, contributing to scholarship in education, childhood and youth.
Placements form two-thirds of our PGCE courses, giving you the opportunity to get hands-on and apply and grow your skills in some of our many partnership schools, ensuring you gain experience in a variety of educational settings so that you’re ready for employment when you graduate. We’re located at our City South Campus in Edgbaston, which has recently had a £41 million extension giving us excellent specialist facilities.
Our aim for when you graduate is that you can think for yourself, critically and reflectively determining what’s best, not what’s easiest. Our graduates are very employable, with many taking jobs in the West Midlands. 99% of our PGCE Secondary students and 98% of our PGCE Primary students were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17).
Join us and let us empower you to inspire future generations.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University aims to provide an accessible environment and a range of support services to enable disabled students to participate fully in all
activities of the University. We believe a person is only disabled when confronted by negative attitudes and environmental barriers. We are working towards creating a positive, supportive and inclusive learning
environment across all the University’s sites and faculties.
Our Student Affairs team offers support and advice for prospective and current students with physical or sensory disabilities, specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia), autism or chronic medical conditions. They also provide information about additional funding such as Disabled Students’ Allowances, run a Personal Assistance Scheme and offer a dyslexia screening and diagnostic service.
Our campus is fully accessible with accessible toilets (having hoists), hearing loops in lecture theatres and networked assistive technology including Claro Read and Inspiration. In addition, we have PCs at our City South Campus which are designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
For further information and advice, please visit: www.bcu.ac.uk/student-affairs
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Faculty of Education, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TN
Support and advice
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