About the course
If you’ve got an undergraduate degree and are striving to become a primary school teacher, then studying our one-year our PGCE Primary Education with QTS (Early Years and Key Stage 1) could be for you.
Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching post (NQT year) within a primary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 3-7 age range.
You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and the full breadth of the National Curriculum. You’ll develop a deep understanding of issues related to inclusion as well as a critical understanding of educational policy.
Other themes include how young people learn, behaviour management, assessment, creative and innovative teaching methods and designing learning. You’ll research theories of child development, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in primary education and will begin to develop your own educational philosophy.
A significant amount of your learning will take place in our partnership schools. You’ll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, from practical hands-on experience and supportive mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.
You’ll learn in friendly and supportive groups, designed to give you the confidence to succeed. Course tutors are very experienced and you’ll have a personal tutor to support you through your studies. Teaching is through workshops, tutorials and lectures, some with guest speakers, and through group work with other teacher trainees.
Three of the four PGCE modules are at Master’s level and you’ll have the opportunity to continue your studies further to complete a Master’s degree, supporting your NQT year and early professional development.
Assessment is typically through the completion of a range of classroom activities, written assignments, reports, personal subject audits and the development of portfolios of evidence. There are no formal examinations and the assignments are carefully designed to help you to develop your teaching practice further. Upon successful completion of the programme we recommend Qualified Teaching Status be awarded by the Department for Education.
You will be shortlisted for interview based on your application. The following selection procedures are designed to assess your suitability to train to teach:
- You will have an interview with a member of the course team which includes a prepared presentation of a poem.
- You will be asked to prepare and lead an activity with a small group of children in one of our partnership schools
- You will complete a short Maths and English test to enable us to evaluate your skills.
How school placements work
For all trainees, their school based training is the central element of their initial teacher education. You will undertake at least two compulsory placements as part of your course and will spend at least 120 days in at least two schools.
You’ll experience the wider role of a teacher in primary education. You’ll have the support of mentors in schools who will help you to develop your practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials, reports and in-depth lesson evaluations.
Your university tutor will visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress. There is an emphasis on practical engagement with the curriculum whilst developing your understanding of the theoretical perspectives which underpin the best models of practice.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You can apply for a tuition fee loan as part of your application to Student Finance England for loans and grants. Student Finance England will pay your fees direct to the University.
You don’t have to pay the loan back while you study. It will only be repayable when you have left the course and earn over £25,000 a year.
When you enrol we will ask you who will be paying for your fees and whether you have requested a loan. If you have not taken the loan, we will send you an invoice for the fees, which will require payment in full during the relevant academic year.
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- An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject - this could be a National Curriculum subject or an area relevant to childhood education.
- GCSE English Maths and a Science at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.
- You must have passed the skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start the course and we ask you to register for the tests before interview.
We are looking for:
- Enthusiasm and a genuine desire to inspire young people
- A commitment to helping every child to make the most of their talents
- Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
- Resilience and the willingness to receive and act on advice
- Professionalism and a realistic understanding of the role of a primary school teacher
- The ability to manage time effectively
- Evidence of self-motivation in personal learning
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic potential to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.
- Provide two references. If you have current or recent experience working with children or young people, one of your referees should be a member of staff who can comment on your potential to train to teach.
- Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children.
- We also ask you to complete a health declaration.
About the training provider
The University of Huddersfield has an impressive track record of producing highly skilled teachers for the early years, primary, secondary and lifelong learning (post-14) sectors. In fact, we’ve been developing great teachers since 1947 and today we train over 1,500 teachers together with our local and national partners. So if you’re looking to pursue a career in teaching then we could be the perfect choice.
We operate strong and credible partnerships with local and national education providers, including leading The Education and Training Consortium consisting of 21 regional partners. Together our academics, researchers and partners within schools and colleges work to ensure our trainees are able to equip themselves with the most relevant and up to date skills needed within the workplace.
By choosing to study with the University of Huddersfield, you’ll join an inspiring, passionate and committed community focused on making your studies as enjoyable, rewarding and productive as possible. We look forward to welcoming you.
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