About the course
The PGCE primary teacher training course at the University of Gloucestershire is taught in partnership with primary schools and students work alongside experienced tutors, teachers and mentors.
The programme aims to prepare you for entry to the teaching profession through placements, lectures, seminars, practical workshops and directed study. You will refer to the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum.
You will develop the skills and understanding needed to teach and assess the full range of core and foundation primary subjects for children aged 3-7. You will also develop the knowledge required to hone a specialist area of your choice to cultivate management and leadership skills.
A key focus will be to enable you to understand the teacher's wider role, including teaching children with special educational needs. The course gives high priority to developing your abilities of analysis and evaluation. You will work within a supportive learning environment.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to gain Master’s level credits, with potential progression to a Master's level degree programme.
The PGCE is awarded following satisfactory performance in relation to all the standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Evidence of success will be drawn from coursework, study tasks and teaching competence which is demonstrated on school experience.
Candidates are invited to Francis Close Hall Campus for interview. During the day you will have the opportunity to meet members of the teaching team, students and support staff.
Full guidance on the interview and selection process will be made available to applicants via email.
Individual support arrangements can be made on request.
How school placements work
The pattern of School Experience has been determined in partnership with primary schools. You will undertake a variety of types of school experience including serial visits and block school experience.
Our partnership consists of over 400 schools throughout Gloucestershire and beyond. Placements are arranged for students with appropriate consideration of personal and professional needs.
While our placements team will endeavour to limit the amount of travel necessary, students should be prepared for 15 to 75 minutes travel time.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
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
Our money advice team is here to help you talk through your options, whatever your situation. We can offer confidential advice and information on how to find work to support yourself and how to organise your budget.
We can also provide you with information regarding bursaries, loans and grants and explore what you’re entitled to.
An honours degree 2.2 or above and GCSE English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject at grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualifications).
- An understanding of the role and responsibilities of a primary teacher
- Information about classroom experience and work with children
- A strong presentation and good oral communication skills
- Evidence of a good standard of spoken and written English
- Enthusiasm for and commitment to primary teaching
- High standards of personal and professional conduct
- Pass QTS literacy and numeracy skills tests;
- evidence of pre course primary school experience;
- satisfactory completion of Declaration of Health
- satisfactory completion of suitability form;
- Enhanced DBS clearance;
- Certificate of Good Conduct (where applicable)
About the training provider
At the University of Gloucestershire, practice in the School of Education is based on a clearly defined set of values; the transformational potential of education, the centrality of social justice to our actions, the value of community and a belief that diversity enriches learning.
As educators we, like you, are interested both in the immediate impact our practice can have as well as the investment in the futures of our learners.
Based at the historic Francis Close Hall campus, just a few minutes’ walk from Cheltenham town centre, we have been making a significant contribution to education for over 150 years.
Leading the way in high quality research, teaching and professional education, we have earned an excellent reputation both in terms of student satisfaction and quality of course delivery.
If you engage with us as an aspiring teacher, you will become part of a close-knit community characterised by exceptional support, specialist subject expertise and a network of over 400 schools for first-rate placement opportunities.
We are committed to helping you take the next step in your education so that together we can make a difference in the lives of others.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The disability, dyslexia and learning support service offers confidential, one-to-one support to students with disabilities, learning difficulties and medical conditions.
We can help with:
- advisory visits to the university before you submit your application
- advice on diagnosing specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia
- support with applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
- advice on disability access
- awareness training
- liaison with academic staff and student services regarding support needs
The university’s halls of residence have accessible rooms on all campuses. These rooms tend to be larger than the other rooms in halls with more accessible bathroom facilities and flexible interiors to suit the level of need required.
The university’s inter-site bus and local Stagecoach buses provide low-level access to people with mobility difficulties. Some disabled students may also be entitled to an accessible parking permit. There are accessible parking bays on each campus.
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:
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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.
Francis Close Hall, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4AZ
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
Get support and advice about teaching
Register with Get into Teaching, the Department for Education’s free support and advice service, for personalised guidance from teaching experts. They can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events. You can also call them free on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service, from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.
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