Primary (3-7) with Goldsmiths, University of London

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
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
https://www.gold.ac.uk/pgce/

About the course

The PGCE (QTS) Early Years (3-7) programme has three distinct modules.

• School Experience

• Studies and Professional Issues in Research in Education

• Curriculum Studies

Choosing the 3-7 specialism means that your school placements will be in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 .

You will qualify with a PGCE (QTS) . This qualification will not prevent you from working with older children in the future.

School Experience

You will spend a minimum of 120 days in a school or early years setting. This will be divided into two blocked school experiences which will allow you to develop a broad understanding of the role of the teacher in contrasting settings. You will spend one third of the programme in University. In this time you will have mix of lectures and small group seminars to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of the subjects you will be teaching in the primary classroom. Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which is designed to prepare you fully for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher.

The Primary PGCE (QTS) Programme at Goldsmiths is taught and assessed at masters level. In addition to a recommendation for QTS, if you pass all academic elements of the programme, you will also leave with level 7 credits equivalent to one third of a masters degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.

Studies and Professional Issues in Research in Education (SPIRE)

The SPIRE module focuses specifically upon issues that most impact upon the young person’s experience of education in the 21st Century. In sessions you will be asked to: consider a range of issues relating to diversity and inclusion; engage with research and policy and link all of this to your own experience in the classroom. In your written assignment you will choose one area from this module to reflect upon more deeply.

Curriculum Studies

This is a module designed for Early Years specialist students. We will explore the nature of young children's learning, become familiar with the statutory Foundation Stage guidance as well as approaches to planning and assessment. We will also explore the nature of young children's play, the role of adults in supporting and managing learning and the importance of working with parents and carers.

Further information can be found here PGCE Primary

Interview process

Interviews will take place at Goldsmiths with tutors from the university team and may also involve staff from our partnership schools.

The selection process has several components that are designed to ensure that you have the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to begin the journey to becoming a teacher. These components include:

  • Subject knowledge checks (Maths and Phonics);
  • A written English assessment;
  • Group task;
  • Individual interviews.

We are not looking for applicants to be the “finished article” at interview but rather our processes will ensure that you are ready to take on the challenges you might face on the PGCE (QTS) programme.

How school placements work

The Primary PGCE Programme at Goldsmiths offers you the opportunity to work with children aged between

  • and 7 ( with placements in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1)

We work with a partnership of over 300 schools across London and beyond. This means that during your time on the PGCE (QTS) programme you will have the opportunity to work in contrasting schools and settings which will provide breadth to your understanding of the role of the teacher.

You will have two extended placements during your programme during the Autumn and Summer terms. Placements are allocated for you once you have enrolled onto the programme. In placing you we take into account any care responsibilities or personal circumstances and we will locate a school for you that is within a reasonable travelling distance from your home in the light of this.

Goldsmiths will also arrange enrichment experiences which are shorter focussed placements arranged to meet your specific needs. These might include short placements in: Special Schools; Pupil Referral Units; Hospital Schools; Early Years Centres or schools in different locations across the UK.

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 £15,040

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

Scholarships and Bursaries

Requirements

Qualifications

Entry requirements

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants that have an understanding of the nature of working in an urban settings and a have a clear commitment and enthusiasm for working with children.

You must be able to show resilience and be willing to work with others.

Other requirements

You do not need to have extensive school experience before applying but we do ask that you spend a minimum of 5 days in a primary school in the last 5 years to ensure that you are fully aware that the profession is right for you.

You will also need to fulfil our Fitness to Train requirements

About the training provider

Goldsmiths has been educating teachers since 1904, and is renowned as a leader in the field of teacher education. The partnership you will be joining as you become a student teacher at Goldsmiths has a reputation for supporting the development of exceptional teachers for world class schools. In the most recent Ofsted report it recognised the contribution we make stating:

“Goldsmiths, University of London has worked in close partnership with schools over many years to help meet a local need for high-quality teachers able to contribute quickly to the education of pupils in a predominantly urban setting. Head teachers say that trainees and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) need to be able to ‘hit the ground running’. This is an attribute that Goldsmiths' NQTs have in abundance."

The PGCE (QTS) programme at Goldsmiths has been designed to:

• Promote Reflection: to develop a strong sense of identity that is built upon a close connection between research and experience.

• Recognise Inclusivity and Diversity: to be rights respecting and recognise and challenge the political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of practice.

• Celebrate Creativity: to take informed risks and use imaginative and innovative strategies to support learning.

• Develop Confidence and Engagement: to participate fully in steering the course of the profession both locally, nationally and globally.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Disability Service can help you to arrange any reasonable adjustments, equipment or support you need to study effectively at Goldsmiths. See the Disability Service web pages for more information.

Disability Service

Contact details

Email
course-info@gold.ac.uk
Telephone
020 7078 5300
Website
https://www.gold.ac.uk/pgce/
Address
New Cross
Lewisham
London
SE14 6NW

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: G56
  • Training programme code: X121

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 Goldsmiths College, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

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