The Primary curriculum is informed by the Core Content Framework (CCF); trainees will gain experience in both core and foundation curriculum subjects, in order to give you the confidence, tools and knowledge to be a fully informed and evidence-based practice teacher in a school.
Our Primary PGCE with QTS programme will enable you to start teaching and build your confidence in the classroom. It will support you as you develop your identity as a teacher and help you to find and refine your own teaching style.
Trainees will be teaching for a minimum of 13 hours per week across the core subjects English (inc. phonics) Maths and Science and will evidence teaching across the year of all foundation subjects (Art and Design, Computing, Design Technology, History, Geography, Languages (MFL), Music, Physical Education, Relationships, Sex and Health education (RSE), Religious Education (RE). Teaching time will increase to 80% of the timetable in the final term. If you are teaching in reception, you will be following the early years curriculum framework.
You will cover five key topics using Intensive Training and Practice. As a part of this you will be required to attend a live but online talk on twenty Thursdays 8.30am to 9.30am.
General primary trainees must be teaching all subjects across two consecutive Key Stages: Early Years, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2, Upper Key Stage 2.
On our PGCE programme, all teachers are encouraged to be inclusive practitioners for example to know about SEND and ways of promoting and maintaining good behaviour with an awareness of the importance of emotional regulation. We want to help you develop your confidence and resilience in order to be able to assuredly teach different Key Stages and across different age ranges.
“The course introduced me to teaching techniques and classroom strategies that I was able to implement immediately.”
Patrick Shacklady, PGCE
The Primary PGCE with QTS Course is available via two routes – General Primary or Subject Specialism Primary. It is a 37-week school-based course during which time trainees work under the guidance of a mentor and receive weekly tutorials to review progress and set targets. Trainees who choose the Primary PGCE Subject specialism route can specialise in any primary subject. You complete the course alongside the rest of the cohort and are expected to engage in the same course documentation such as the PDPs, readings and lesson observations. You will observe expert colleagues in your particular subject areas. You need to teach a minimum of 6 hours core subjects, 6 hours specialism. The remainder of the minimum 13 weekly hours should be made up of foundation subjects, all of which will need to be taught across the year. You must teach and be observed in all foundation subjects (as for all primary QTS cohorts). Essays may be approached from their specialist subject perspective. Second School Placement teaching remains the same as the General Primary PGCE cohort. However, you could teach a higher weighted timetable in their chosen specialist subject.
There are seven days of residential training and two days of online learning, supplemented by a weekly programme on the University’s online resources.
You need to be available to attend residential courses.
Each trainee is assigned a University tutor who visits once per term to assess their progress and guide their development. Trainees are assessed against the Standards by both their mentor and their tutor. There are three essays to complete, carrying a total value of 60 Level 7 (Master’s) credits.
For teachers undertaking their first year of teaching we highly recommend your participation in our Ab Initio course as an addition to the PGCE. This will provide you with some basic knowledge and skills to start teaching.
“The vast range of support in place ensures you grow throughout the course.”
Philip Pitcher, PGCE