About the course
If you’ve got an undergraduate degree and are striving to become a school teacher working with younger primary school pupils, then studying our one-year Primary and Early Years Education PGCE with QTS could help you on your way. Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching post within a primary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 3-7 age range.
The course programme is divided into two main themes:
- Developing Primary Curriculum Knowledge
We'll develop your subject content and pedagogical knowledge to support effective teaching across the primary curriculum. You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and the full breadth of the National Curriculum and the EYFS Statutory Framework. You'll be encouraged to further develop your personal subject knowledge, skills and understanding and to develop subject specific teaching strategies to support pupils’ progress.
- Supporting Learning and Progress in the Primary School
We’ll prepare you for the classroom, allowing you to develop your teaching skills and understanding of how to meet the needs of all learners. Themes include how young people learn, teaching and learning techniques to support pupils’ progress; behaviour management, assessment, inclusive, creative and innovative teaching methods and how to plan lessons and sequences of lessons. You will research evidence based learning theories, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in primary schools and begin to develop your own educational philosophy.
You’ll learn in friendly and supportive groups, designed to give you the confidence to succeed. Course tutors are experienced teachers and you’ll have a personal academic tutor to support you through your studies. Teaching is through workshops, tutorials and lectures, some with guest speakers, and through group work with other trainee teachers.
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.
Two of the 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.
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
- You will be asked to prepare and lead an activity with a small group of children in one of our partnership schools
- Complete tasks designed to evaluate your fundamental English and Mathematics 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 120 days in at least two schools. You’ll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, from practical hands-on experience and from supportive mentoring to help you to develop into a confident and successful teacher.
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 classroom practice.
The course fees for 2020/2021 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.
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance (https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/tuition-fees/) pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
- An Honours degree with a classification of 2:2 or above.
- GCSE English Language, Maths and a Science at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme) or equivalent.
- If your first language is not English, you will need IELTS 7.0 overall, with no element less than 6.5.
- If all or part of your qualifications are from outside the UK, we’ll need a UK NARIC statement of comparability.
You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic capabilities to meet the required Teachers' Standards by the end of the programme.
- Offers will be subject to 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 to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
- You should provide two references. Where applicants have current or recent experience working with children or young people, one of the referees should be a member of staff who can comment on your potential to train to teach.
About the training provider
The University of Huddersfield has an impressive track record of producing highly skilled teachers, training around 1,500 every year with local and national partners. We operate strong and credible partnerships with local and national education providers, including leading The Education and Training Consortium consisting of 21 regional partners. So if you’re looking to pursue a career in teaching then we could be the perfect choice.
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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University of Huddersfield
Queensgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 3DH
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