About the course
The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education will enable you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales. It is designed to enable you to become a reflective, confident practitioner having acquired a range of skills and expertise. Rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2013, this is a course which offers high quality training and support as well as excellent employment prospects.
Like a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but it also offers the equivalent of 120 credits and these may be used towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Additionally, the School also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable you to further develop your career.
Visit https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/edu/teacher-training-primary.aspx to find out more.
Selection is rigorous and designed to identify candidates with the strongest aptitude. Candidates selected for interview will be invited to the School of Education to:
• meet course tutors
• find out more about the course
• complete a written task
• have a one to one interview
• show GCSE and Degree certificates (where these are available).
We work closely with partner schools to select candidates and applicants will often have the opportunity to meet senior colleagues from partner schools when they join us for interview day.
How school placements work
School-based experiences are a central part of these programmes, with an opportunity for you to experience a range of ages within different schools.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
When you apply for this course, it is important that you also take into account living costs and should ensure that you will have sufficient funds to finance the full duration of your studies. Our PGDipEd programmes include a significant amount of time spent on placements in a variety of schools at different locations, and so when budgeting to study you should also allow for travel to and from placements, as well as textbooks, printing, photocopying and stationery that you may need.
All applicants to the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education must hold a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution. Normally, this should be a 2:1 or above (and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree is not already awarded) although decisions are made on a case by case basis and a 2:2 may be accepted. Experience in a primary school may be set as a condition following interview.
Relevant academic profile and intellectual capacity
• Strong subject knowledge
• Relevant work/volunteering experience
• Awareness of contemporary educational issues
• Motivation, enthusiasm and a clear rationale for teaching
• Responsibility, maturity, open-mindedness
• Appropriate ethics and values, including equal opportunities awareness
• Effective spoken and written Standard English
• Commitment to teaching as a career.
have a GCSE in Maths, English (grade 4 or above), or an equivalent qualification. If these grades have not been obtained, GCSE Science (Grade 4) must be attained as a condition of entry. If you are offering an alternative qualification check with us before applying.
have passed Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy by the date stated in any offer;
complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.
About the training provider
Our Primary and Secondary teacher training pathways prepare top graduates for a career inspiring learning and transforming lives. We work in partnership with a wide range of primary and secondary schools, sixth form colleges and special schools, across Birmingham and the surrounding authorities, to offer both core and School Direct routes into teaching.
The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University of Birmingham strives to be an inclusive learning community. Whatever your disability, mental health or learning support needs, the Disability, Mental Health and Learning Support Service can provide assistance to make sure you that you can access appropriate support. Find out more at: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/student/welfare/disability/index.aspx
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.
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