About the course
Our 38-week, full-time PGCE Primary (specialising in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1) programme will prepare you to teach 3-7 year olds, with a specialism in the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).
You will undertake two school placements - one in Foundation Stage and one in Key Stage 1. This is a crucial stage of children’s education and lays the foundation for everything that follows. Teaching in this phase is both fascinating and intellectually demanding.
Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.
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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.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
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Prior to submitting your application, you will need:
- A GCSE pass at grade C/4 or equivalent 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
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.
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
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