About the course
The PGCE in Primary Education aims to enable you to become a confident and competent Primary Teacher who can enable children to learn effectively across the whole curriculum.
The course also develops your understanding of the demands of the National Curriculum, the Curriculum for the Foundation Stage and other Government initiatives. This PGCE will train you to teach children aged 5 to 11. It provides training in all primary stage National Curriculum subjects, with a particular focus on mathematics, English and science. Successful completion of this PGCE leads to qualified teacher status (QTS). You will need to complete an induction period as a newly qualified teacher (NQT). This is a three-term period of assessment in a single school. It helps to ensure that your teaching career is built on a firm foundation.
The award of PGCE is offered at two levels:
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education; and
Postgraduate Certificate in Education, where 60 Masters-level credits can be gained.
Both of these are recognised teaching qualifications but the postgraduate award will allow fast-track entry onto a Masters course.
The interview day... what to expect
You will complete an English test of your reading and writing ability so we can ensure that you have a good and accurate use of Standard English.
Maths test for PGCE Primary
You'll complete a 30-minute maths test.
You will have an individual interview lasting around 25 minutes with a course tutor and, in some cases, a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools. The interview will focus on your personal qualities and skills, your suitability for teaching, your understanding of working with young children in school settings and your current studies or employment. We will also ask you to talk with us about any current educational issues that you are following with interest.
You may be required to do other tasks during your interview, such as a presentation based on your teaching subject area, or a group activity.
Meet current students
You may also have the chance to speak to students who are currently studying within the Institute. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions about the course and also find out about life as a student at NTU.
Occupational Health form
The Occupational Health form is part of the fitness to teach process that we are required to undertake prior to you commencing an Initial Teacher Training course. Please complete the form carefully, answering all the required questions, and bring along to your interview. This process is confidential.
How school placements work
Approximately two-thirds of your year will be spent in primary schools. There are three periods of school-based training: an initial two-week placement in school during the autumn term, followed by two major block placements (a 14-week period starting in the autumn term and concluding in the summer term, and a 7-week period at the start of the spring term). There is also 3 weeks of additional enhancement placements in the spring term, which will broaden your experience and support your ability to meet a range of children’s needs.
We are in partnership with a wide range of schools, so your placements may be in city centre, suburban or semi-rural locations.
This variety provides opportunities for a wide range of teaching experiences and lays a good foundation for your future professional development.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
A 2:1 honours degree is preferred, but strong applicants with a 2:2 in a degree related to National Curriculum subjects, or to education or child development more generally, will also be considered. GCSEs or equivalent at grade C / 4 or above in English, Maths and Science. Two references: one vocational and one academic. We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via equivalencytesting.com. Applicants with pending qualifications will be considered.
You'll need to pass the governments professional skills tests in Literacy and numeracy and undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks before you start the course.
About the training provider
Nottingham Trent University's (NTU) reputation is long established. We've been training teachers and educational professionals for well over 50 years. Our greatest strength is our extensive links with schools and educational settings. These relationships enable every student to gain experience through placement in a wide variety of educational environments.
Why choose NTU?
Working with schools
A great strength of our courses is the extensive partnership links that we have with over 600 primary, secondary and post-16 settings across the East Midlands. These relationships enable you to gain a wide experience of teaching in many different educational environments. Experiences vary from city centre to suburban and semi-rural settings, laying a sound foundation for future professional development.
We are committed to promoting a diverse body of teacher trainees. Our students are made up of different backgrounds, nationalities and faiths.
Experienced lecturers and informed courses
NTU is home to an enthusiastic, expert group of academic staff who are leading researchers and practitioners in the education field. This means that, not only is your course informed by the latest thinking, but also that you will learn from people with a real passion for their subject.
Training with disabilities and other needs
You will receive lots of support based around your school placements, with planning sessions, mentors and pastoral support from your tutors and colleagues. You can also tap into a range of services at any time, including: Financial Support Services, Counselling, Disability Support, Support, Mature Student Support and Mental Health Support.
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