About the course
This course combines theoretical and practical learning. You will develop your knowledge of the role of the teacher and the needs of learners, and you will have dedicated modules that focus on Mathematics, English, Science, and other subjects that form a foundation for children’s education within a Primary School.
You will have the opportunity to enjoy assessed placements in two school settings, in either 3-7 or 7-11 age range experiencing a variety of environments and contexts.
In addition, we will provide you with Theory Linked Practice (TLP) days in schools enabling you to experience different types of learning needs including; Early Years Foundation Stage, Special Educational Needs and Disability, Children of English with an Additional Language, Key Stages 3 and 4, and settings which have particular problems with diversity and inclusion in the school setting.
For more info please visit; https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/study/education/pgce-primary-education/
If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview at the University's Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's. Interviews for applicants wishing to start in September 2020 will begin in November 2019.
Applicants will be able to choose from a selection of dates and times and will only need to attend interview once.
Interviews held within the University will be led by the academics on the course with the essential details of the day sent to you via email prior to interview so you will be very well prepared for the day.
The Government have stated that they will be removing the Professional Skills Test condition for all Teacher Trainees from March 2020.
As stated on the Department for Education website: " A new process for assessing numeracy and literacy will be introduced for ITT starting in 2020, and information on this will be made available ahead of the new recruitment cycle."
We will update all applicants on any changes in the assessment of literacy and numeracy when we receive it.
If you live outside of the UK we may be able to perform Skype interviews if required, however this is at the discretion of the School of Education.
How school placements work
The University of Sunderland has partnerships with over 200 schools, in 12 local authorities. On the PGCE Primary Education course you’ll spend at least 120 days on placement.
Our Placement Team will work with you to find the perfect placements - schools that can nurture and support your aspirations and interests, and help you become the best primary teacher you can be.
At the University students on a PGCE spend 3 days a week in their placement school, with the remaining 2 days spent in University.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You will usually need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.
You should also have GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics, English, and Science (or equivalent qualifications). If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. We will only accept equivalencies from www.equivalencytesting.com
We do not look for a one size fits all model of a trainee teacher – quite the opposite. We are looking for people who demonstrate a passion for developing the learning experiences of young people. An awareness of young people is an advantage and may come from a wide variety of sources. We do, however, look for trainee teachers who are willing to have a go; eager to engage, and up for a challenge. We create confident, competent teachers and a willingness to take on board feedback and use it to develop is something we look for.
In addition to academic qualifications, you must also:
•Have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (supplied by the University once applicant passes interview)
•Complete a medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)
(supplied by the University once applicant passes interview)
•The Government have stated that they will be removing the Professional Skills Test condition for all Teacher Trainees from March 2020. "A new process for assessing numeracy and literacy will be introduced for ITT starting in 2020" We will update all applicants on any changes in the assessment of literacy and numeracy when we receive it.
About the training provider
The University of Sunderland is an ambitious university with a global reach. We have 20,000 students at our four campuses worldwide – two in Sunderland on the North East coast, one in London and our newest in Hong Kong. The University has been awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework which demonstrates our high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.
The School of Education have recently been voted 2nd in the U.K (1st in England) for it's Undergraduate Education courses according to the Guardian University League Tables, 2020. We are extremely proud of this accolade.
According to our most recent Ofsted report, some key strengths of our provisions are strong communication and positive relationships between the University and its partner schools, and the commitment of trainers in partnership schools to the all-round development of the trainees. Our comprehensive courses will give you the skills needed to make a real difference in educating the next generation, as well as thrive on a personal level with a rewarding career.
With 110 years-worth of experience of training teachers we are highly regarded in the local area, with links to 230 schools and colleges.
• All our Primary and Secondary ITT courses are accredited by the Teacher Regulation Agency (TRA ) for QTS (Post Compulsory Education and Training does not award QTS)
Training with disabilities and other needs
We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability.
Please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries:
Tel: 0191 515 2952
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Sir Tom Cowie Campus
St Peter's, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR6 0DD
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