About the course
This programme will prepare students for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). UCL works in partnership with around 200 primary schools to enable students to fully prepare to be a primary teacher. We encourage a wide range of students to study for the Primary PGCE, and have a good record of attracting traditionally under-represented groups.
Our Primary PGCE develops effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers. We will help students to acquire the skills and expertise to support children’s learning, prepare them to teach in an inclusive urban environment, provide professional development in all national curriculum subjects and ensure that students show a concern for professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviour expected from pupils.
The programme consists of three core modules, two at Master’s-level (level 7) and one at Undergraduate-level (level 6) and three school placements. You will have to pass all three modules in order to be recommended for QTS. The programme is delivered via a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study. Students will be supported through a virtual learning environment and will participate in school placements. Assessment is through assignments, presentations, audits, feedback and tutorials. A final assessment is based on a range of evidence including observations of teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study.
Students will spend 120 days on placements at schools or Early Years Centres, during which time their teaching experience will be supported by a tutor and mentor.
Students on the Primary PGCE programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools and at the UCL Institute of Education.
Primary PGCE students can gain experience of teaching across one or more key stages; the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1; Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2; lower Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 9) and upper Key Stage 2 (ages 9 to 11). Students will learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects. They will also select one subject for specialist study from the range that we offer (i.e. Literacy, MFL, Geography, Mathematics, Music, Computing, Science and Art & Design and Applied Drama).
Candidates whose applications meet the entry criteria will be invited to interview at our central London location. At your interview day, you will take part in a combination of group presentations, discussions and individual interviews with members of the programme team and school partners. You will also be asked to undertake written tests in English and maths. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and take a campus tour.
How school placements work
Our 200+ placement schools are chosen for their quality, excellence in supporting teacher education and to provide comprehensive geographical. You will undertake two substantial placements in different schools and one short self-selected placement (120 days in total) each with a dedicated school mentor. Both schools will be carefully matched to your needs in terms of location, phase and taking any mobility or carer needs into account. London has more 'good' and 'outstanding' schools than any other region in England and is a world leader in narrowing the gap between the performance of children from a range of different backgrounds. Training in London will provide you with an ideal platform to launch your career in teaching.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
- A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
- GCSE English Language, Science and Mathematics at grade C/ 5 or above. Applicants who do not offer a GCSE in English Language, Science or Mathematics may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing a test via www.equivalencytesting.com and achieving at least a grade 5. We do not accept "applied" or "additional" GCSE subjects. We do not accept BTEC, Functional Skills or Access course qualifications in place of GCSEs.
Great teachers are as diverse as the communities they serve. We look for candidates who have a real enthusiasm for engaging with young people, who are as excited about the process of learning as they are about teaching, and who understand that they will learn as much from their students as their students will from them. Sound subject knowledge is important, as well as students’ ability to break down their knowledge and see it through the eyes of someone for whom it is new. We particularly welcome a commitment to improving the lives of individuals and communities through education.
For information about all UCL's statutory requirements linked to Teacher Training programmes please visit our website: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/teacher-training/entry-requirements
About the training provider
The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Our programmes are recognised by Ofsted as 'outstanding' in every criterion across Primary, Secondary and Post-Compulsory education (FE).
- We'll support you with the skills and knowledge you'll need from the moment you step into a classroom, but we know that learning to teach is much more than that we'll prepare you to build a rewarding and fulfilling long-term career in education.
- Our focus on quality means that whatever route you select, you will be taught by experts in your subject and education phase, many of whom are world leaders in their field.
- We are committed to supporting education in London, where schools lead the country in performance and pupil progress. We work with around 500 London schools, including long-term partners who work with us to harness our wider research and expertise.
- When you walk into the UCL Institute of Education, you'll join a lively, friendly and diverse community of 8,000 students and more than 600 distinguished academics, committed to improving lives through education and promoting social participation to address local and global challenges.
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