About the course
If you’re a graduate keen to embark on an exciting and rewarding future in primary teaching, this course is for you.
Study a course ranked as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted – the highest possible accolade, and gain substantial practical experience on teaching placements in our partnership schools across the region.
Our PGCE Primary leads to the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and prepares you for a fulfilling career where you can make a real difference to children’s lives. You will be fully equipped for the practical demands of the role, including teaching all the National Curriculum subjects.
You can tailor your studies to match your own interests and career plans. Depending on your preference and any prior experience, you can choose to specialise in teaching Early Years (3–7 year olds).
Your interview experience is an exciting opportunity for you to demonstrate your passion for the course you are applying for.
Your invitation is subject to NCTL places still being available under government policy for 2018 entry.
As a result we may retain your appointment to consider you for 2020 entry instead or another related programme where possible. Otherwise, your appointment will be cancelled accordingly as soon as NCTL inform universities and this could be without prior notice.
The selection process will last approximately half a day and will include:
- identification and documentation check
- a course presentation by academic staff
- a group introduction
- a group lateral thinking activity
- an individual micro teach
- a short writing activity
- a one to one interview
How school placements work
Hands-on teaching experience in schools is a key part of our PGCE Primary. For a total of 24 weeks, you will undertake two main teaching placements – and a number of shorter enhanced placements – in different settings, supported throughout by our trained school mentors and link tutors.
As one of the major Initial Teacher Education providers in the East Midlands, we have longstanding partnerships with more than 400 schools across the region – a relationship which Ofsted described as ‘excellent’. All placements are organised for you by our Partnership Office.
With the support of your mentor and link tutor, you will undertake two assessed school experiences as well as shorter placements, adding up to 24 weeks in total.
For 'Professional Practice: Becoming a Teacher' you will observe experienced practitioners in the classroom, teach alongside your mentor and begin to take responsibility for the class as a whole.
You will put into practice the skills of planning, delivery and assessment that you cover in your University-based training. You will also gain the wider professional skills demanded of a teacher such as dealing with parents, contributing to after-school activities and planning school trips.
For 'Professional Practice: Aiming for Excellence' you will be placed at a different school or setting, with the opportunity to work with children from another age group.
At first, you will be given time to observe other teachers and get to know your class. You can then expect to progress more quickly to taking fuller responsibility for the class.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Studying for a postgraduate degree is a good investment in your future, but you need to carefully consider how you’re going to pay for your course and your living costs.
Most students will be able to apply for loans and depending on where you live and your circumstances, bursaries and scholarships might also be available.
Our postgraduate degrees are competitively priced and all the essential equipment and activities are included.
They vary slightly from course to course depending on what facilities and resources are required. For example, online courses tend to be slightly cheaper because they use fewer facilities.
The most up-to-date fees will be listed on the course page – search for your course on our website and look for the section on fees.
The fees are slightly different depending on whether you normally live in the UK/EU or outside of the EU.
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning a good salary.
Sometimes, bursaries and scholarships are also available - it depends on your circumstances and which country you usually live in. These don’t need to be paid back.
Please visit our website for more information or call our helpline on 01332 592000.
You must have a good UK Honours degree (preferably 2:1) or equivalent, plus grade C/4 or above in GCSE Mathematics, English Language and a Science. You must have already gained the required GCSE grades when you apply.
Trainees completing an ITT Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals of English and Maths outlined by the DFE before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded.
To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course. Full details will be provided in due course.
Demand for places on the course is very high, so you must also:
- be able to communicate clearly and in spoken and written English, with a good understanding of correct grammar
- meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach
- achieve clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service at the start of the course. You must not have previously been excluded from teaching or working with children
- meet all the Department for Education entry requirements for Initial Teacher Education courses including suitability and fitness to teach checks
You must have successfully gained a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which is required at the point of accepting a place at the University.
About the training provider
You’re on the threshold of making one of the most important decisions of your life - to teach!
Train to teach at Derby and you’re on your way to a worthwhile, rewarding and enjoyable career in Teaching, one where you can truly make a difference. With a rich heritage of teacher training dating back 165 years, we’re a major provider of newly qualified teachers in the East Midlands.
We have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers. Our teaching courses are highly regarded, with Ofsted awarding us an ‘Outstanding’ rating for our Primary and Further Education and Skills provision. We are also currently ranked as a Top 25 institution for our Education courses.
Practical teaching experience lies at the heart of all of our teacher training courses. High-quality placements in different educational settings will build your skills in the classroom and you’ll benefit from the support of expert mentors throughout. We have partnerships with over 400 schools, so we’ll arrange your placements for you.
At Derby, you’ll discover exciting teacher training courses which will prepare you to teach the age group of your choice - primary, secondary and post-14 learners. Whether you’re embarking on your first degree, or you’re ready to study one of our PGCE courses, we offer a choice to suit you.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our on-site Wellbeing Centre provides information and guidance to help you look after your wellbeing during your time at University.
Here, you can book appointments with our specialist advisers or contact the service through the dedicated helpline available during the week.
There’s also a free counselling service and unique workshops that you can sign up to throughout the year.
For general enquiries and appointment booking:
Tel: +44 (0)1332 593000
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.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Kedleston Road, Derby, Derbyshire DE22 1GB
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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