Primary with University of East Anglia

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
38 weeks
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.uea.ac.uk/education/pgce

About the course

Our 38-week, full-time PGCE Primary (specialising in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) programme will prepare you to become a general class teacher in the age range 5-11 years, with a specialism in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6).

You will undertake two school placements - one in Key Stage 1 and the other in Key Stage 2. You will be learning across the six years of the primary age range, with children as they acquire key skills and develop as individuals and learners.

Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.

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Interview process

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.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £19,000

For any additional course costs at the University of East Anglia please visit our website

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Find out more about the Financial Support available within our Essential Information section

Requirements

Qualifications

Prior to submitting your application, you will 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 will need to have achieved a good honours degree or its 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

Personal qualities

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.

Other requirements

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 starting the course, all applicants will be required to pass the DfE Numeracy/Literacy professional skills tests

Applicants must also obtain:

  • An Enhanced Criminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • A satisfactory Health Check. All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.

About the training provider

UEA is a top UK university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We're ranked among the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018). The 2019 Guardian University Guide ranked UEA 3rd in the UK for Education.

The School of Education and Lifelong Learning is internationally recognised for the quality of its educational research. Our 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. You'll be well-supported throughout your PGCE, both during your time on placement and on campus.

Imagine a career where you inspire, motivate, and unlock the full potential of those around you. Teaching is something that can truly make a difference.

Training with disabilities and other needs

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

Contact details

Email
admissions@uea.ac.uk
Telephone
(+44) (0)1603 592855
Website
http://www.uea.ac.uk/education/pgce
Address
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Norwich
Norfolk
NR4 7TJ

Apply

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: E14
  • Training programme code: X100

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
Main Site University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ

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