About the course
Teaching is a challenging and rewarding career that requires individuals to demonstrate initiative, creativity and resilience. We have devised a vibrant programme to ensure you become a successful and confident teacher in the 21st-century. Our passion is to provide you with a university experience that immerses you in the theory and practice of teaching. You will love studying at our beautiful campus where your lecturers will know you by name.
Our PGCE programme design is informed by research and is responsive to developments in primary education. The programme aims to produce creative and critically reflective teachers able to meet the needs of all schools. The course prepares you to teach across the 5-11 age ranges and is structured around five modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings.
You will undertake studies in all elements of primary education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. As a student on the mathematics special interest route in Semester 2 you will have the opportunity to extend and deepen your understanding of effective mathematics pedagogy. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings, totalling 120 days.
Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE (the potential for up to 60 Master’s level credits) with recommendations for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
If you already meet or are expected to meet our entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview is your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher. The interview day consists of an interview and a number of tasks aimed at allowing you to show your potential.
Further information about the format of the day will be sent to you via email in advance of the interview date. The interview is also your chance to find out more about the University, the course and our campus, so if you are invited to interview please take the opportunity to explore our facilities. If you are located outside the UK we are able to consider Skype or telephone interviews.
How school placements work
Teaching placements are predominantly in Hampshire primary schools, however we also offer a number of placements in neighbouring counties, such as Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Surrey. As a student on the mathematics special interest route you will be expected to experience teaching mathematics across the primary age phase.
Our Partnership Office will arrange your assessed teaching placements, ensuring that you have two contrasting experiences. Due to the large geographical area that we cover, we are able to offer placements in a variety of settings, including rural, inner-city and coastal schools. During your time in school, you will be allocated a Link Tutor from the University who will mentor and support you for the duration of your placement. The maximum travel time that we allow for teaching placements is one hour and thirty minutes in each direction. Please be aware that you will need to make your own travel arrangements at your own expense.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Applicants to this course are expected to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to beginning the course at the University.
Our Admissions Team will be in contact with further information about when and how to obtain this clearance after an offer has been accepted. Please note, the cost of the check is covered by the applicant (currently £40).
You’ll get a bursary of £6,000 if you have:
- a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject
- at least grade B in maths A-level (or an equivalent)
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
The minimum requirements you will be expected to meet are as follows: an honours degree, usually at 2:2 or above; GCSE English language and a science at grade C or 4 or above; and GCSE mathematics at grade B or 5 or above. Equivalencies to academic qualifications are considered on an individual basis, so if you hold qualifications from a number of years ago or from outside the UK, please contact us for confirmation of their suitability. Currently, students who have a grade B or above at A level (or equivalent) can apply for a bursary to support their study.
We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application, particularly those relating to primary mathematics education. Prior experience in a school is not required, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into the primary education classroom. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.
If you accept an offer of a place you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and Prohibition Order check. If you have spent time overseas in the last 5 years you may also be required to obtain criminal records checks from each of the countries you visited. You will also be required to complete an occupational health check to confirm that you are fit to teach. The University of Winchester will send you more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept our offer.
About the training provider
The University of Winchester has a long history in teacher education and is recognised by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider. The University of Winchester offers a stimulating and supportive learning environment that challenges and inspires trainees. Our passion is to provide a university experience that helps you reach your full potential and make a real difference to children’s lives.
The city of Winchester is a beautiful, historic cathedral city, located an hour from London by train. It has a rich heritage and vibrant contemporary culture and is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the UK (Halifax Quality of Life Survey).
Training with disabilities and other needs
Your wellbeing is our priority and we will do all we can to enable you to flourish and realise your potential. We have a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies. We work with you to support your wellbeing and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills. If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs.
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