About the course
Welcome to our excellent PgCE primary course. During this course you will undertake two masters level modules to gain your PgCE. These are titled ‘Raising the Achievement of children’ and ‘High Quality Learning and Teaching’, so you can see they have everything to do with being an outstanding teacher. There are three written assignments, one of which is formative and this is all the academic writing you will do over the year. You will also undertake modules to support your teaching in school more explicitly: ‘Pedagogy and Practice’ introduces you to all primary subjects and also looks at general teaching skills such as planning, managing behaviour and working with children with Special Needs and Disability. ‘Cumbria Teacher of Reading’ helps develop your understanding of teaching systematic synthetic phonics and early reading and ‘Leading and Managing Change’ helps you explore wider issues around being a teacher including starting to consider what you can offer in a leadership role. As well as general primary you can also do pathways in lower primary, P.E., Mathematics and Specials Educational Needs and Disability.
Almost every week there is an element of school-based learning, be that experiential or assessed and out of the 37 week course, 19 of those weeks are assessed full time in school, spread out in three blocks over the academic year.
During the last three years, our student satisfaction has risen with last year’s student survey showing 95% reporting the course to be good or very good. Students also achieve very highly, with 95% awarded grade 1 outstanding or grade 2 good by their schools at the end of their final placement.
For further information:
You may be invited to attend an interview for this programme and these will take place with our course team. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive full information about the day in advance so that you can prepare.
How school placements work
The University of Cumbria works in partnership with over 700 schools based across a wide geographical area including Cumbria, North Lancashire and London.
As the University is multi-site the schools used for placement depend on the campus a student is based at (i.e. Students based on the London campus attend placement in London).
Schools are selected based on their current OFSTED grading and their understanding of the University’s programmes and grading criteria. Schools provide a trained professional mentor who is supported by a dedicated university based academic tutor (Partnership Tutor).
Students will undertake three assessed placements that increase in length as they progress through the course experiencing over 120 days in a school setting. Students will experience all primary age ranges depending on the programme selected. From student feedback the average travel time to placement is as follows; less than 30 minutes - 52%, 31 to 60 minutes - 39%, 61 to 90 minutes - 9%. The University places a limit of 90 minutes travel time to placement.
Further information about placements can be found at (https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/about/partnerships/placements/education/placement-travel-accommodation-policy/)
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Stated fees are subject to approval of the University’s Access and Participation Plan by the Office for Students. This is expected shortly.
- Normally a first degree, or its equivalent with a minimum of 2:2 honours.
- GCSE English Language, mathematics and science (including biology, chemistry or physics) at minimum grade C/ 4 or above.
- The ability to discriminate key ideas and express arguments.
- A satisfactory academic (university) reference if less than 3 years since academic study.
- A satisfactory professional reference if more than 3 years since academic study.
- Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
- Satisfactory occupational health medical clearance.
About the training provider
We are the University of Cumbria, where people are at the heart of all we do. We inspire, engage and add value to people’s lives: we know the things we teach will be the things that change lives.
This year, the university has been ranked 28th out of 131 higher education institutions in the student-informed survey ‘WhatUni’; the university has increased its standing annually since 2015 with an increase of 7 places this year. Our focus on providing our students with the skills and real-life work experience means nine out of ten of all of our graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduation, and of those, 82% are in graduate-level jobs or study. These accolades make us one of the fastest improving universities in the UK.
Our lecturers have a wealth of school experience, many still practising in school, and lead internationally significant research, which means our students get to explore the very latest thinking in their subject. As one of the leading providers of education courses and School Direct partnerships in England, we are at the leading edge of teacher education, working with more than 20 school alliances to give our students the option to spend the majority of their teacher training in a real school setting.
Here at the University of Cumbria, lives are enriched so individuals can become the world changers of tomorrow; a place where you can find your calling, your career and find your place.
Find out more (www. cumbria.ac.uk)
Training with disabilities and other needs
We will ensure you have everything you need to succeed, supporting you to be your best. We are open and believe that everyone has the right to learn.
We are committed to widening participation and provide a range of services to enable those with disability or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) to access their chosen course, including adjustments to formal timed examinations, digital recorders, assistance in the library and an individualised disability/SpLD action plan. Access to a range of non-medical help services such as practical support, note taking, specialist mentoring and study skills is also offered.
Counselling and therapy can give you time to explore what is going on in your life in a safe setting. Our Psychological Wellbeing Service incorporates counselling, therapy and mental health mentoring. Our psychological therapists offer confidential support and advice on a wide range of issues including how to access services provided by the NHS and Social Services, as well as support for disabled students.
All of our campuses have accessible learning and teaching spaces and adapted residential accommodation. The university provides a variety of assistive software and has collated more than 100 free accessibility apps for general use, and provides specialist hardware such as larger keyboards and mice, and adjustable height desks.
We provide a supportive and nurturing environment where we know you as an individual, not a number, ensuring you are treated equally, fairly and with respect, whatever your needs.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Fusehill Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 2HH
Bowerham Road, Lancaster LA1 3JD
London - Tower Hamlets
University of Cumbria, 56/58 East India Dock Road, London E14 6JE
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