About the course
Are you looking for a rewarding career where no two days are the same and you will help inspire some of the most crucial years of a child's development?
Rated 'Outstanding' in the quality of teacher training in Primary Education by Ofsted (Initial Teacher Education report 2016), "headteachers unanimously agree that when newly qualified teachers from the University of Greenwich are employed, they 'hit the ground running'. They are very much the first choice for employers in the local and wider London region."
Our PGCE in Primary Education (postgraduate and professional routes) will enable you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills to teach in primary schools - particularly those in the urban inner-city. Here, you will engage in core practice and learn the professional values of teaching.
You will have the opportunity to train in two consecutive age ranges:
- Foundation/Key Stage 1
- Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2
- Key Stage 2 (which encompasses both ages 7-9 and 9-11)
In addition to school-based training, studies also take place at the university's campus and cover all elements of the National Curriculum.
Our workshops are interactive and encourage you to work collaboratively. These include practical tasks and exploring theoretical perspectives. Opportunities are also provided for you to take an enhancement in an area of personal interest or expertise, e.g. special educational needs.
Our expert staff are active researchers as well as being trained primary teachers. During the programme, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support your studies. Your tutor will be on hand to offer both personal career and academic guidance. Individual support and designated workshops are tailored to meet the needs of each of our individual students in order to ensure high quality outcomes.
- Voted in the top 2 universities in London with 98% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
- Voted in the top 2 universities in London with 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
- Have clear written and spoken English skills
- Pass Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme
- Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening
How school placements work
One of the most enriching elements of our programme is our partnership with schools. You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in a primary school with extended experience in two schools.
This will be an integral part of your study and provides the context in which you can develop your professional skills, knowledge and understanding.
There will also be further opportunities to engage in school-based training in a range of specialist schools and educational contexts.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Disclosure Barring Service
Please note that it is not possible to pay for the DBS application fee from your student support and you should therefore make provision for this cost as part of your financial planning prior to the start of your programme.
The information above is dependent on your status as a home, EU/EEA or overseas student and further eligibility applies. Make sure you are aware of the level of support you are eligible for before you apply for teacher training.
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
Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach.
To receive a bursery or scholarship, you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country's student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider.
If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree's equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.
For more information, please visit our Teacher Training Bursaries page.
Candidates must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.
Students are required to obtain an enhanced disclosure certificate through the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) prior to the start of their programme. If satisfactory clearance is not received during your registration, you may encounter problems in receiving some elements of your student funding.
Students must also complete an Occupational Health Check. To avoid any delay, it is important that you respond to all emails and correspondence sent to you concerning the DBS and Occupational Health processes.
About the training provider
University of Greenwich is committed to ensuring sustainability across all phases of teacher education and provides initial teacher education across the early years, primary, secondary and lifelong learning (further education) sectors. Located at the university's Avery Hill Campus, the university has been training teachers for over a century.
Ofsted rated the quality of Initial Teacher Training as ‘Outstanding’ for Primary Education (Ofsted Report 2016) and ‘Good’ Secondary, Further Education and Early Years Initial Teacher training sectors.
Our PGCE Primary Education programme has been voted in the Top 2 universities in London with 98% student satisfaction (NSS 2017) and Top 2 universities in London with 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2016).
Our expert staff are active researchers as well as being trained teachers. During the programme, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support your studies. Your tutor will be on hand to offer both personal career and academic guidance. Individual support and designated workshops are tailored to meet the needs of each of our individual students in order to ensure high quality outcomes.
If you are studying for your PGCE Early Years Teacher Status, your tuition fees will be covered by a National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) grant and your employer will receive up to £7,000 to cover your release. The Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) support the training, assessment and award of EYTS.
As part of your PGCE, you will have the opportunity to gain 60 Masters-level credits and gain Qualified Teacher Status.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Student Wellbeing Service provides information, guidance and support to students with a disability, including physical and mental health difficulties, long-term medical conditions and specific learning difficulties. This service is open to individuals who work and study at the University of Greenwich, and to those who aspire to do so. We also support students from disadvantaged backgrounds and students who are carers.
Before you join the University, you can speak to the *AccessAbility Team about any concerns on entering higher education and adapting to university life. Once you're a student, we can provide further information and support, such as advice on assistive technology requirements and Disability Allowance Needs Assessors to help you access any financial help you may be entitled to.
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