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The Primary Mathematics Specialist teacher training course is ideal if you want to teach young children and you have a strong interest in mathematics. Read more

The Primary Mathematics Specialist teacher training course is ideal if you want to teach young children and you have a strong interest in mathematics.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This Subject Specialist Primary ITT (Initial Teaching Training) Programme (SSPIP), enables you to develop your subject expertise within a primary context. You will learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects, and will develop specialist expertise in mathematics. The course lays the foundations for you becoming a future leader in mathematics. You will be prepared for employment in a generalist role at the start of your career, where you will ‘champion’ mathematics and inspire children and teachers. The course also prepares you for employment in a more specialist role, teaching mainly or solely mathematics.

We are looking to recruit graduates with strong mathematics subject knowledge who demonstrate an enthusiasm for mathematics and an understanding of the primary context. This course attracts bursaries of £6,000 (depending on qualifications) in line with the government’s priority to increase the number of primary mathematics specialist teachers.

The programme offers the equivalent of 120 credits and these may be used towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Additionally, the School also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable you to further develop your career.

Course details

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training. 

The Initial Teacher Education course

Our aim is to develop analytic and reflective primary mathematics specialists. As well as offering outstanding teacher training courses, we are one of the few universities that awards the equivalent of 120 credits for successful completion of our courses, which we award at Master’s level. For those who successfully complete their induction year there is an opportunity to transfer credits to the MA Teaching Studies course, which is awarded on completion of a 60 credit dissertation.

Our primary programmes meet all aspects of government requirements for Initial Teacher Training, and qualify you to teach children aged 3-11 years. 

The Primary Mathematics Specialist course has two parts and is designed and delivered in partnership with local schools. The university part develops your understanding of theoretical and practical issues inherent in the teaching of mathematics and of whole school issues within the primary curriculum. Your school based practice enables you to apply what you have learned in the classroom.

You will undertake three main areas of study; Professional Studies, Core Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics. In addition, you will gain a sound understanding of the wider primary curriculum, focusing in particular on the learning and teaching of English and Science. You will also develop your understanding of teaching the foundation subjects through personalised provision, selecting from university input and school experience to support your professional development

The school-based placements enable you to put into practice what you have learned and to develop and refine your teaching skills. You will have the opportunity to teach mathematics and the wider primary curriculum in two different schools. You will teach mathematics to more than one class on each placement, and over the year this will include both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. You are fully supported while on teaching practice by school mentors and university tutors. You will also undertake short special interest placements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 3. These will develop your understanding of progression in children’s mathematical learning and hence your leadership potential.

Our partnership schools vary in size, phase and context, giving you the opportunity to broaden your teaching experience. You will visit outstanding schools and meet primary mathematics leaders. By the end of the course you will have had the experience and support to begin your career as an effective and confident primary teacher, and an enthusiastic mathematics ‘champion.’

If you are interested in teaching young children, but would prefer to train as a generalist rather than a specialist, information on our General Primary and Early Years courses can be found on the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education course page. If you are interested in Mathematics, but would prefer to teach older pupils, information on our Secondary courses can be found on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education course page.

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Learning and teaching

The primary course is designed and delivered by specialist tutors in partnership with local schools. The university based training takes place in spacious rooms that provide a learning environment tailored to promoting high quality primary practice.

Employability

We work closely with the University careers service and local councils in order to provide you with support for the job application process. Our success rate for completion of our primary courses and subsequent employment in schools remains consistently high. In 2015-16 all primary mathematics specialist trainees were offered teaching posts and in 2016-17 all those seeking permanent employment were successful. Primary Mathematics Specialist students are highly employable. A majority of students gain employment in the local region, many of them choosing to remain in partnership schools. Many newly qualified mathematics specialists secure employment in a more generalist post at the start of their career, joining the mathematics leadership team and going on to lead mathematics in their schools.



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The Primary Mathematics Specialist teacher training course is ideal if you want to teach young children and you have a strong interest in mathematics. Read more

The Primary Mathematics Specialist teacher training course is ideal if you want to teach young children and you have a strong interest in mathematics.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This Subject Specialist Primary ITT (Initial Teaching Training) Programme (SSPIP), enables you to develop your subject expertise within a primary context. You will learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects, and will develop specialist expertise in mathematics. The course lays the foundations for you becoming a future leader in mathematics. You will be prepared for employment in a generalist role at the start of your career, where you will ‘champion’ mathematics and inspire children and teachers. The course also prepares you for employment in a more specialist role, teaching mainly or solely mathematics.

We are looking to recruit graduates with strong mathematics subject knowledge who demonstrate an enthusiasm for mathematics and an understanding of the primary context. This course attracts bursaries of £6,000 (depending on qualifications) in line with the government’s priority to increase the number of primary mathematics specialist teachers.

The programme offers the equivalent of 120 credits and these may be used towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Additionally, the School also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable you to further develop your career.

Course details

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training. 

The Initial Teacher Education course

Our aim is to develop analytic and reflective primary mathematics specialists. As well as offering outstanding teacher training courses, we are one of the few universities that awards the equivalent of 120 credits for successful completion of our courses, which we award at Master’s level. For those who successfully complete their induction year there is an opportunity to transfer credits to the MA Teaching Studies course, which is awarded on completion of a 60 credit dissertation.

Our primary programmes meet all aspects of government requirements for Initial Teacher Training, and qualify you to teach children aged 3-11 years. 

The Primary Mathematics Specialist course has two parts and is designed and delivered in partnership with local schools. The university part develops your understanding of theoretical and practical issues inherent in the teaching of mathematics and of whole school issues within the primary curriculum. Your school based practice enables you to apply what you have learned in the classroom.

You will undertake three main areas of study; Professional Studies, Core Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics. In addition, you will gain a sound understanding of the wider primary curriculum, focusing in particular on the learning and teaching of English and Science. You will also develop your understanding of teaching the foundation subjects through personalised provision, selecting from university input and school experience to support your professional development

The school-based placements enable you to put into practice what you have learned and to develop and refine your teaching skills. You will have the opportunity to teach mathematics and the wider primary curriculum in two different schools. You will teach mathematics to more than one class on each placement, and over the year this will include both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. You are fully supported while on teaching practice by school mentors and university tutors. You will also undertake short special interest placements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 3. These will develop your understanding of progression in children’s mathematical learning and hence your leadership potential.

Our partnership schools vary in size, phase and context, giving you the opportunity to broaden your teaching experience. You will visit outstanding schools and meet primary mathematics leaders. By the end of the course you will have had the experience and support to begin your career as an effective and confident primary teacher, and an enthusiastic mathematics ‘champion.’

If you are interested in teaching young children, but would prefer to train as a generalist rather than a specialist, information on our General Primary and Early Years courses can be found on the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education course page. If you are interested in Mathematics, but would prefer to teach older pupils, information on our Secondary courses can be found on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education course page.

Learning and teaching

The primary course is designed and delivered by specialist tutors in partnership with local schools. The university based training takes place in spacious rooms that provide a learning environment tailored to promoting high quality primary practice.

Employability

We work closely with the University careers service and local councils in order to provide you with support for the job application process. Our success rate for completion of our primary courses and subsequent employment in schools remains consistently high. In 2015-16 all primary mathematics specialist trainees were offered teaching posts and in 2016-17 all those seeking permanent employment were successful. Primary Mathematics Specialist students are highly employable. A majority of students gain employment in the local region, many of them choosing to remain in partnership schools. Many newly qualified mathematics specialists secure employment in a more generalist post at the start of their career, joining the mathematics leadership team and going on to lead mathematics in their schools.



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If you wish to communicate your enthusiasm of learning with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively. Read more

If you wish to communicate your enthusiasm of learning with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education Primary Education offers initial teacher education to develop reflective teachers who care about pupils’ development and who understand how to ensure pupil progression. You will focus on the teaching of the National Curriculum for primary schools and specialise in teaching Key Stages 1 and 2.

This course is designed to meet the NCTL Teaching Standards which assesses all trainees working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is practically based, with a strong theoretical back up and will also make you fully aware of recent educational developments such the National Primary Strategy and Every Child Matters.

We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training students in Primary Education within the Institute of Education.

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards our Masters degrees in the field of education.

PRIMARY EDUCATION Frequently Asked Questions

This is NOT an appropriate training course for applicants who wish to teach in Secondary schools or Post Compulsory Education establishments.

What happens on the course?

Over the one year course, you will undertake University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you will spend at least 120 days divided between two different schools across the 3-11 age range within the Primary age phase.

Learning is through experience, exploration and research, and is technology supported - you will also be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the course.

All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development/.

Typical modules may include:

  • An Introduction to Foundation Subjects and RE
  • Developing Information and Communication Technology Skills for the Primary School Classroom
  • Primary English
  • Placements in two Primary Schools
  • Primary Maths
  • Primary Professional Studies
  • Primary Science

PGCE: programme structure

Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.

120 days (24 weeks) of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools.

We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our first concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences. Additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools. Support is available from your University Tutor throughout your training, plus from experienced teachers accredited by the University as school based tutors.

Career path

Successful completion of the PGCE Primary Education course leads to recommendation to NCTL for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will then allow you to take up a teaching post within a primary school.

A national survey conducted by the Centre for Education and Employment Research has ranked Wolverhampton as the second most successful UK Higher Education Institute for graduate teacher training employment

88% of primary NQTs in 2012 rated the overall quality of their training as very good or good.

Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education which can be continued within your NQT year.

Find out more about further study that can be taken after completing this PGCE award.

What skills will you gain?

Successful completion of the PGCE Primary Education course leads to recommendation to NCTL for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will then allow you to take up a teaching post within a primary school. You will be prepared to teach pupils in the 3-11 age range within the primary age phase with alternative education setting enhancement.

This course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching in two separate schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development.

Who accredits this course?

This course leads to recommendation towards the professional qualification of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Professional Standards to the Teaching Agency – who will award QTS.

The award of QTS is essential to teach in a school in the United Kingdom and on gaining this award the student becomes a qualified teacher.



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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Community and Primary Healthcare Practice at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Community and Primary Healthcare Practice at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course provides a flexible opportunity for practitioners wishing to enhance their leadership, research and educational expertise within community and primary and public healthcare practice.

Key Features of Community and Primary Healthcare Practice

Performance:

- a new course designed to help practitioners develop their role in community, primary care and public health practice.

Teaching and Employability:

- closely linked to current Welsh Government and Department of Health policy, practice and services

- students are encouraged to explore and reflect on their own community and primary healthcare practice with the potential for contribution to the development of innovative, cross-disciplinary research outputs

- the course enhances career development and promotion opportunities for successful students

- students are supported in clinical practice by an experienced and prepared mentor

To ensure that our communities are strong and sustainable, it is important to continue to improve the health and well-being of our population.

The government’s investment in public health and primary care emphasises the importance of good leadership and the need for innovative practice.

Community practitioners are vital to improving the health of the population as they are committed to working with individuals, families and communities within the public health agenda.

Their expertise in public health allows them to have insight into how social and environmental factors can influence the health and well-being of people in society.

The Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course helps practitioners to develop their role in protecting, promoting and improving public health.

The Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course uses a range of teaching and learning methods which offer a variety of opportunities. Teaching is carried out through formal taught sessions and discussion groups/seminars using action-based learning approaches.

The degree in Community and Primary Healthcare Practice offers the option for students to engage in a work-based learning module as part of the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma programmes.

Course Structure

The Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course is a modular postgraduate course consisting of 180 credits at level M.

The course is offered on a part-time basis with completion typically within three years.

Assessment

Community and Primary Healthcare Practice students are assessed throughout their coursework (e.g. written assignments such as research projects and essays and seminar presentations) and a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words.

Work Placements

The MSc Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course offers students the option to engage in a work-based learning module. This requires an arrangement between the student, personal tutor and practice facilitator and as such will require collaboration with the NHS Health Boards and/or independent healthcare sector to ensure adequate support and supervision in the workplace.

Existing partnerships are well established and this programme will suit current arrangements.

Modules

Modules on the Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course may include:

Continuing Your Professional Development in Community and Primary Health Care Practice

Working in Community and Primary Health Care Practice

Working in Community and Primary Mental Health Care Practice

Working with Individuals, Families & Communities in Primary Health Care Practice

Foundations in Research

Additional Support

Pastoral support is offered by personal tutors and the Swansea University student support and health services are recommended to students and stipulated in student handbooks.

Blackboard has a dedicated tab for student services which provides money advice, information about wellbeing services, equal opportunities and accommodation issues.

In cases where students have personal or any other kind of problems that they would prefer not to discuss with College lecturers, they are able to talk with a Student Counsellor.

Similarly, if lecturers feel that the concern the student has expressed is better discussed with the Student Counsellor, they will suggest to the student that he or she make an appointment for an interview.

Staff Expertise

The Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course sits within the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences.

The community and public health team is well-qualified and experienced. It comprises one professor and four lecturers. Members of the team are registered with the:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Community Practitioners and Health Visitor Association (CPHVA)

Queen's Nursing Institute

All academic members of the team hold a Master’s degree and/or a Doctorate.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.

In addition, Community and Primary Healthcare Practice students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education.  . will enable you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales. Read more

The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education will enable you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales. It is designed to enable you to become a reflective, confident practitioner having acquired a range of skills and expertise. Rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2013, this is a course which offers high quality training and support as well as excellent employment prospects.

Like a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but it also offers the equivalent of 120 credits and these may be used towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Additionally, the School also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable you to further develop your career.

Course details

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering ITE primary courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training. 

As well as offering outstanding teacher training courses, we are one of the few universities that awards 120 credits for successful completion of our courses, which we award at Masters level. For those who successfully complete their induction year there is an opportunity to transfer credits to the MA Teaching Studies course, which is awarded on completion of a 60 credit dissertation. 

The primary programmes meet all aspects of government requirements for Initial Teacher Training. We are able to offer applicants a choice of two routes, so that you can prepare as a teacher across the full 5–11 age range or specialise instead in early years teaching (3–7 age range). Both programmes last for 38 weeks; the equivalent of 19 of which will be spent in schools.

Programme content 

General Primary programme 

Students on the General Primary (5–11 years) programme follow a range of courses that address the statutory curricula for the core and foundation subjects alongside Professional Studies, which considers whole school issues.

Early Years programme 

This programme allows you to focus your training on work with children aged from three to seven years of age. You spend time in nursery classes, as well as teaching children of school age in both Reception and Key Stage 1 classes. You follow the same range of courses as those on the General Primary programme, in addition to an advanced study of early years education.

Both of these programmes will qualify you to teach children aged 3 - 11 years.

School-based experiences are a central part of these programmes, with an opportunity for you to experience a range of ages within different schools. Both programmes also feature a range of professional courses to help you plan, teach, and develop your classroom skills. The programmes are designed, in conjunction with partnership schools, to meet the Teachers' Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The high quality personalised support, ensures that the majority of our students exceed the teachers's standards at an outstanding level (Ofsted report 2013).

Related teaching programmes

We also offer the alternative School Direct route into primary teaching. If you are interested in teaching young children, but would prefer to train as a mathematics specialist, information may be found on our Primary Education (SSPIP) in Mathematics course page and if you would prefer to teach older pupils, information on our Secondary courses may be found on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education course page.

Learning and teaching

The primary course is designed in conjunction with our school based partnership, we have a full time team of specialist tutors and centre-based training takes place in spacious rooms that provide a learning environment tailored to promoting high quality primary practice. 

Employability

The Primary and Early Years course works closely with the University careers service and local councils in order to provide you with support for the job application process. Our success rate for student completion of our courses and subsequent employment in schools has remained consistently high. Our employement rate for 2016 - 2017 was 99%.  The vast majority of our students gain employment in the local region, many of them choosing to remain in partnership schools.

Read what student Mikala Moore-Haines says about the PGDipEd (PGCE Advanced) in Early Years course. Why she decided to become a teacher, what she enjoys about the training and some of the challenges.  



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This programme will prepare students in line with the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards (2012) for the award of QTS. UCL works in partnership with around 350 primary schools to enable Primary PGCE students to fully prepare to be a primary teacher. Read more

This programme will prepare students in line with the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards (2012) for the award of QTS. UCL works in partnership with around 350 primary schools to enable Primary PGCE 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.

About this programme

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.

Students undertake two Master’s-level (level 7) modules as part of the PGCE, with a total of 60 Master’s credits on successful completion.

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.

Where less than 60 credits are achieved at level 7, but are successfully passed at level 6, a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE) - including a QTS recommendation - will be awarded. Students who complete the level 7 modules but fail the Professional Practice module will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) which excludes the QTS.

Core modules

  • Teaching and Learning Module (level 7)
  • Specialism Module (level 7)
  • Professional Practice Module (level 6)

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules for this programme

Placement

As part of the programme students will spend time on placements at schools or Early Years Centres, during which time their teaching experience will be supported by a tutor and mentor. Students will spend 120 days on placements.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study. Students will be supported though 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.

Further information on modules and programme structure is available on the department website: PGCE Primary

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Most are working as classroom teachers and mentors to PGCE students, while others have jobs as deputy and assistant headteachers. Graduates in this area can also be found working as headteachers and educational consultants.

Recent career destinations for this programme

  • Primary School Class Teacher (Maths and Geography), North London Collegiate School
  • Primary School Class Teacher (Year 1), Unspecified Primary School
  • Primary School Class Teacher (Year 2), Drayton Green Primary School
  • Primary School Class Teacher (Year 3), Gladstone Park Primary School
  • Primary School Class Teacher (Year 5), Field Junior School

Employability

The Primary PGCE was rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2013. IOE student teachers are rated highly by headteachers across London and beyond.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this programme at UCL?

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 (IOE). The schools offer placements for teaching experience, and their teachers serve as tutors, mentors and joint assessors for our student teachers. IOE tutors have extensive experience of teaching, school management, inspection, research and consultancy.

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. Children’s Literature and Language, English Language and Literacy, French, Geography, Mathematics, Music, New Media and Computing, Religious Education, Values and Identity and Science).

Accreditation:

Students who successfully complete this programme will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).



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This course has run since 2011, previously being integrated with the MPhil TMAT courses and taken part-time over two years. It is being re-launched in 2015 as a full-time one year course, based in the Cambridge Institute of Public Health’s Department of Public Health and Primary Care. Read more
This course has run since 2011, previously being integrated with the MPhil TMAT courses and taken part-time over two years. It is being re-launched in 2015 as a full-time one year course, based in the Cambridge Institute of Public Health’s Department of Public Health and Primary Care. More than half of the curriculum is shared with the MPhils in Public Health and Epidemiology. The aim of the course is to provide students with theoretical knowledge and skills as well as practical research experience to launch an academic clinical career in primary care.

The course draws on local strengths in working with large databases, primary care-based clinical trials and a wide range of other appropriate methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analyses. Throughout the course students are able to draw on the research expertise within the Institute of Public Health and wider expertise in the University.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/cvphmppcr

Course detail

The aim of the course is to provide students with theoretical knowledge and skills as well as practical research experience to launch an academic clinical career in primary care. Specifically, the course aims to:

1. Contribute to the commitment of the Cambridge University Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust (CUHNHSFT), Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust/ Clinical Commissioning Group and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to continuing professional development of NHS staff in an integrated academic and clinical environment;
2. Develop a cadre of primary care clinical research leaders who will pursue clinical Academic careers within academia, the NHS and industry;
3. Contribute to the commitment of the Health Education East of England to continuing professional development of GP Specialty Trainees in an integrated academic and clinical environment;
4. Expand critical and current knowledge of research methodologies through an academically vigorous education programme offered in a world-leading primary care clinical research environment;
5. Equip clinical researchers with knowledge about the complex issues associated with conducting sound translational research in general practice and community settings.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this programme successfully will have gained an understanding of the primary care research context, including the distinctive nature and contribution of primary care research, and the contribution of key underpinning methods. Specifically, graduates will possess a grounding in primary care-relevant epidemiological, psychological, sociological and health services research methods, statistical methods and data analyses including surveys, trials and evidence synthesis. Upon successful completion each student will be able to apply contemporary research tools to clinically relevant areas of investigation in primary care.

Successful completion of the MPhil will also equip students with the skills and knowledge defined by the Academy of Medical Sciences’ Supplementary Guidelines for the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) for Specialty Registrars undertaking joint clinical and academic training programmes (September 2011).

Michaelmas Term

This term focuses on epidemiological and biostatistical principles and procedures. Teaching sessions during this term will be shared with students from the MPhils in Epidemiology and Public Health course. The teaching in this term also includes training in basic data handling and analysis using the statistical package Stata.

The three modules are:

- Epidemiology
- Biostatistics
- Data handling and appraisal

During this term you will also complete an essay on the epidemiology of a chosen condition in a primary care population. This essay is a formal part of the MPhil examination and will contribute to your final mark. You should also begin to research an appropriate topic for your MPhil thesis. You should discuss this proposal with you Course Supervisor to assess the suitability of the topic and the availability of relevant data.

There will also be an assessment based on the epidemiological component of the first term. This assessment is informal and does not count towards your degree. The assessment provides your Course Supervisor and Course Directors with a guide to your progress. A guideline answer sheet will be provided at the end of the assessment.

Lent Term

This term includes modular-based lectures and seminars in more advanced aspects of epidemiological research and public health which are shared with students from the MPhils in Epidemiology and Public Health, and specific modules on Primary Care Research not shared with other MPhil students.

Modules shared with the MPhils in Epidemiology and Public Health:

- Health Policy
- Social Science
- Chronic disease epidemiology
- Genetic epidemiology and Public health genomics
- Health Promotion

Primary Care Research modules:

- Introduction to Primary Care Research
- Use of routine data in Primary Care
- Designing, delivering and analysing surveys in primary care
- Qualitative research

Please note some modules may move from term to term.

During this term you will also complete a second essay which should take the form of a protocol for your thesis research. This essay is a formal part of the MPhil examination and will contribute to your final mark. Before starting your protocol, the title of your thesis should be agreed with you Course and Thesis Supervisor. Both you Course and Thesis Supervisor should sign the thesis title form confirming the title. All students must have a designated Thesis Supervisor (in some cases this individual may also be the Course Supervisor).

Easter Term

This term includes a small number of modular-based lectures and seminars again shared with students from the MPhils in Epidemiology and Publich Health.

- Clinical Trials
- Health Economics
- Ethics and Law

The remainder of the term is dedicated to revision for the written examinations in June and thesis work. The term ends on the last business day of July 2016 with the hand-in of the thesis. If you leave the UK, you must be prepared to travel back to Cambridge for an oral examination, if required.

Assessment

A thesis not exceeding 20,000 words in length, including footnotes, but excluding tables, appendices, and bibliography, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculties of Clinical Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

Two essays, each not exceeding 3,000 words in length, on subjects approved by the Degree Committee

Two written papers, each of which may cover all the areas of study prescribed in the syllabus.

The course components are completed by the end of July. However, to complete the course, students will be required to attend a viva in person on a date (to be announced) in late August or early September.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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The vision of the MSc International Primary Health Care is to build a vibrant inter-professional and interdisciplinary learning community of primary care practitioners who will work together under the guidance of expert tutors to explore how the principles and practice of effective primary health care may be achieved in different countries, health care systems, and local settings. Read more

Study primary care and international health at Queen Mary

The vision of the MSc International Primary Health Care is to build a vibrant inter-professional and interdisciplinary learning community of primary care practitioners who will work together under the guidance of expert tutors to explore how the principles and practice of effective primary health care may be achieved in different countries, health care systems, and local settings. There is no clinical component to this MSc, though students will be encouraged to apply any particular clinical interest.

This international primary care masters is part of a wider programme of study in global and international health. Underpinned by a commitment to the principles of social justice and fairness, these programmes will provide students with an understanding of the significance of the current global challenges for health care and public health, and will offer a multidisciplinary focus on global public health and primary care in a time of increasing health inequalities.

Queen Mary is committed to teaching and researching global health, and has assembled for this initiative an experienced team from across the university, led by professors who have previously established and run successful and highly prestigious programmes both online and on campus. Prof Allyson Pollock is one of the UK's leading public intellectuals in medicine, and is a world authority on global health and public health policy. Prof Trish Greenhalgh is one of the international stars of general practice, a leading educationalist in international primary health and enormously influential in primary health research. The programmes are based in the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, which is responsible for leading global health teaching in the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, the leading UK medical school for global health in the undergraduate medical curriculum.

Who is this programme for?

Students on the international primary health care programme will be established primary care practitioners who will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge from their varied practice settings around the world. Dealing with primary health care, the programme is concerned with core underlying principles, and so is of relevance to those working or planning to work locally in London, in the UK, or anywhere in the world where these principles apply, and at the local, national, or international level.

Possible career routes

Students who studied the previous MSc programme run by our team have gone on to become researchers, trainers, teachers and change agents in a wide range of primary care settings throughout the world.

Programme outline

In the first semester modules develop the key concepts and research methods and analysis. These present students with relevant methodological issues and challenges while providing interdisciplinary foundations. In the second semester students gain a more detailed understanding of areas of special relevance to international primary health care through the specialist module, Primary Health Care: Theory and Practice, and through elective modules that allow them to focus on the aspects of primary health of most interest to them.

Core modules

• Epidemiology and Statistics
• Health, Illness and Society
• Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health
• Health Systems, Economics, and Policy

Elective modules

• Primary Health Care: Theory and Practice
• Migration, Culture, and Advanced Social Determinants of Health
• Globalisation and Health Systems
• Globalisation and Contemporary Medical Ethics
• Intellectual Property, Medicine, and Health
• Human Rights and Public Health
• Public Health, International Law and Governance
• Knowledge Innovation and Management

15,000 word dissertation

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If you would like to study for a PGCE and have less than three years of experience working with children, UCB’s PGCE Primary QTS course will provide you with the necessary skills to teach in a primary school environment. . Read more

If you would like to study for a PGCE and have less than three years of experience working with children, UCB’s PGCE Primary QTS course will provide you with the necessary skills to teach in a primary school environment. 

There are two pathways available on this course. If you would like to teach 3-7 year olds, you will focus your studies on the Foundation Stage (pre-school) and Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2). If you would like to teach 5-11 year olds, you will focus on Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (years 3 to 6). 

These course pathways will concentrate on themes related to primary education that address key government priorities such as curriculum management, working with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and working with children who use English as an Additional Language (EAL). 

On completion of this course, you will be a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and will have the knowledge, skills and training to work in a mainstream school or in a school for children with special needs.

Why should I choose this course?

  • Past students rate it very highly, commenting that the content is intellectually stimulating and the teaching methods are very effective.
  • You will develop your professional career in education as you specialise in the rewarding area of teaching and learning and receive high quality support from your lecturers.
  • You will increase your career prospects and employment opportunities through working in one of our partnership schools.
  • You will be able to efficiently manage a curriculum, how to deal with a range of professional issues and critically evaluate the principles of teaching.
  • By studying both the theoretical and practical elements of teaching, you will develop a deeper understanding of the skills necessary to teach in a primary school environment.


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Learn to teach five to 11-year-olds on this National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited course. You’ll address the challenges of teaching in multicultural and diverse environemnts, while your school placements will back this up with hands-on practical experience. Read more
Learn to teach five to 11-year-olds on this National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited course. You’ll address the challenges of teaching in multicultural and diverse environemnts, while your school placements will back this up with hands-on practical experience. With both a diverse teacher and student population, London is an ideal location if you want to teach in urban environments. Trainees of our PGCE Primary courses attain high results, with 95% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course and 96% going on to obtain employment, often with one of their placement schools.

More about this course

This NCTL-accredited PGCE Primary course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and prepares you to teach five to 11-year-olds in a primary school environment. You’ll also be able to work in an early years setting.

The course structure gives you room to develop your classroom practice as well as examine the underlying principles and values around educational issues.

The Curriculum Studies module introduces you to the challenges of teaching within urban, multicultural and multilingual schools. You’ll also learn how to teach core subjects including English, Mathematics and Science.

The Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP) module includes two extended school placements of 11 and 13 weeks. With its clear links to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), you’ll have a responsible framework for meeting the needs of every child you teach.

Throughout your school placements, you'll be supported by school-based mentors and university-linked tutors. The latter will also teach your university sessions, providing you with a continuity of support throughout your training. By working in both environments, you also have the chance to reflect on the links between your own teaching theory and practice.

Our emphasis on educational support and high-quality teaching means this course is rated positively by Ofsted:

"Outcomes for trainees are improving strongly. Trainees’ attainment is rising and employment and completion rates are above the sector average for all routes."
Ofsted, 2016

Your assessment will consist of four elements:
-School placement A
-School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
-A Professional Practice Portfolio, which is compiled throughout the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience the Educational Research Assignment which allows you to explore an educational issue

There are no examinations.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

Modular structure

This is a year long course.

Module 1, Curriculum Studies, includes:
-The theoretical underpinning of the practice that students take into the classroom
-Access to the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well structured lessons in the primary curriculum
-Sessions on pedagogy, English language and literature, mathematics, science and foundation subjects
-Training to assess pupils’ progress in each of the curriculum areas

Module 2, Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP) includes:
-Support for the wider professional development of each student teacher
-Discussion of the role of children’s rights and how this underpins effective learning relationships
-Understanding of different aspects of inclusive education
-Introduction to the whole school and wider children’s workforce
-Teamwork and collaborative discussion across different subject areas

Work placement:
-120 days in two London placements learning to teach with a mentor in primary schools

In both university and classroom contexts, your self-directed study is extremely important in order to support your development of purposeful educational enquiry, preparing effective teaching resources and ensuring up-to-date subject knowledge.

After the course

This intensive PGCE leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS),which enables you to teach 5 to 11 year olds. Our trainees have gone on to secure primary teacher roles at schools including Whitings Hill Primary School, Stanford Primary School, Godwin Primary School and more. Whether you have applied through London Met or School Direct, you’ll have the same opportunities for employment upon successful completion of the course.

Funding

Funding is available for many postgraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Depending on your teaching subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 through the teacher training bursary.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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The Primary Education (Policy and Practice) MA meets the rapidly changing needs of professionals educating young children, in examining critically the bases for current practices in primary schools, providing insight into international developments in primary education and in offering opportunities to work with leading researchers and practitioners in the field. Read more

The Primary Education (Policy and Practice) MA meets the rapidly changing needs of professionals educating young children, in examining critically the bases for current practices in primary schools, providing insight into international developments in primary education and in offering opportunities to work with leading researchers and practitioners in the field.

About this degree

The Primary Education (Policy and Practice) MA offers opportunities to engage with the latest research and international debate concerning curriculum, pedagogy and assessment and its implications for professional practice in primary education. Students will develop knowledge and skills to evaluate and conduct educational research related to their professional interests and develop their own perspectives as leaders in primary education.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), and either a dissertation (60 credits) and one optional module (30 credits), or a report (30 credits) and two optional modules (60 credits). Some modules are available to study remotely.

Core modules

  • Futures for Policy and Practice in Primary Education
  • Researching Early Years and Primary Education
  • What is Education?

Optional modules

A range of optional modules is available to students each year. Students can select optional modules to reflect their personal and professional interests. Recommended modules taken by students in recent years include:

  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Primary Education
  • Literacy Development
  • Children's Rights in Practice
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Bilingualism and Multilingualism

Other modules are also possible - please contact the programme leader,, for advice.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project in primary education (policy and practice). The project culminates in a dissertation of 20,000 words or a report of 10,000 words on a topic agreed with their tutor.

Teaching and learning

A range of learning and teaching approaches is employed across the programme, including lectures, student presentations, group discussion, directed reading/writing tasks and contributions to the Virtual Learning Environment, designed to promote active engagement and capitalise on participants' diverse backgrounds. Student performance is assessed through coursework assignments and the dissertation/report.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Primary Education (Policy and Practice) MA

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working in a broad range of careers, both nationally and internationally. Many have leadership roles in schools, for example as school mentors for early career teachers, subject leaders, phase co-ordinators, assistant head teachers or head teachers. Others work as education advisers and consultants across a range of schools or as inspectors and policymakers at both local and national levels. Graduates can also be found working as researchers, lecturers and teacher educators in higher education and in educational services outside schools such as museums, publishing or children's support services.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Curriculum Co-ordinator, Unspecified School
  • International School Teacher, Unspecified International School
  • Preparatory School Teacher (Deputy Head of Pre-Prep), Unspecified School

Employability

Participation in the programme fosters the development of a number of key skills and personal qualities important in a range of professional contexts including:

  • independence and self-direction in learning - important in continuing professional development in a fast-changing educational climate
  • ability to examine complex issues systematically and critically - in the context of rapid policy change and increasing requirements for accountability
  • exercise of initiative and creativity - in interpreting policy and research in particular local contexts to enhance the quality of learning and teaching
  • skills in communication both orally and in writing to varied audiences - children, educators, parents, governors, policymakers.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Learning and Leadership at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has developed an internationally recognised reputation for early childhood and pre-school and primary education studies.

The department has a vibrant teaching programme, providing opportunities for specialist study of early years and primary education in initial teacher education and at graduate and doctoral levels. It offers a range of enriching events including research seminars and conferences in the field.

In all its work, the department is strongly committed to working in partnership with government agencies, education authorities, schools, early years and community groups and other departments within the IOE.



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Duration. 1 year (full-time). MSc/PG Dip Primary Care. MSc/PG Dip Primary Care (District Nursing). Up to 6 years (part-time). MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Primary Care. Read more
Duration:
1 year (full-time)
MSc/PG Dip Primary Care
MSc/PG Dip Primary Care (District Nursing)

Up to 6 years (part-time):
MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Primary Care
Up to 5 years (part-time):
MSc/PG Dip Primary Care (District Nursing)

Non-standard entry requirements:
A diploma of higher education or equivalent, with a minimum of 60 credits in relevant subject areas. It is expected that students completing these awards will spend at least part of their working experience in a primary care setting. Many of the units within the scheme have a practice component and students will need the support of their employer to enable them to meet the practice competencies and be assessed as competent. Some units require students to be registered health care professionals.

Course units:
Awards comprise of core and optional units to provide maximum flexibility. A wide range of units are available for students to include within their individualised programme of study. For further information, please contact the Scheme Co-ordinator, Sue Boran.

Course description:
These awards are for nurses and other health care staff working predominantly in primary care settings. This could include delivering care within patient’s homes, general practice, walk-in centres, polyclinics, urgent care centres, intermediate care centres etc. The Primary Care Scheme also offers a Nursing and Midwifery Council accredited Specialist Practice Qualification for District Nursing and V100 Prescribing from the Community Practitioner Formulary, where the principles of the Primary Care Scheme apply but students follow a prescribed pathway.

Career opportunities;
The National Health Service is promoting a secondary to primary care shift with more services being provided within a broader range of primary care settings. Working within primary care requires a different set of skills and knowledge to those learned in secondary care. The Primary Care Scheme has been designed to facilitate participants to design programmes of study that are pertinent to their needs and those of the service, recognising that this is a rapidly changing service environment. Students gaining these awards would be equipped to deliver care in a range of primary care settings such as within patient’s homes, general practice, walk-in centres, polyclinics, urgent care centres, intermediate care centres.

Professional Contact / Industry links:
Guest speakers are invited with specialist expertise across the units to support the teaching team, for example practice-based commissioning, diabetes, mental health, service user involvement.

The MSc/PG Dip Primary Care (District Nursing) is a recordable qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and incorporates the V100 Prescribing form the Community Practitioners Formulary.

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Specialist pathways in Early Years (3-7), Primary (5-11), Special Educational Needs, Mathematics and Foreign Languages Leadership available. Read more

Specialist pathways in Early Years (3-7), Primary (5-11), Special Educational Needs, Mathematics and Foreign Languages Leadership available. The pathways enable you to specialise in one area or phase but you will also train to teach across age ranges. The programme leads to 60 master’s credits and QTS. 

  • Experience inspirational teaching, individual support and high-quality phonics preparation
  • Develop teaching skills and techniques, and acquire curriculum knowledge
  • Benefit from strong links between schools and the University
  • Once qualified, you will have been taught to specialise within your chosen age range, but will also be qualified to teach any primary age

PATHWAY: PGCE Primary with Foreign Language Leadership (5-11)

  • Gives you the experience, opportunity and knowledge to work in Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2)
  • Choose this pathway if you are interested in becoming the Subject Leader or Primary Languages Co-ordinator in your future school
  • Prepares you for teaching in primary, infant and junior schools
  • Enables you to teach languages to young learners

PATHWAY: PGCE Primary with Special Educational Needs

  • Enables you to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of working with children with disabilities, within mainstream and special school settings

PATHWAY: PGCE Early Years (3-7)

  • Gives you the experience and knowledge to work in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) settings and infant/primary schools
  • The EYFS is a unique phase of education which involves learning through play
  • This phase leads into KS1, when children start to grapple with learning to read, applying their mathematical knowledge and making sense of how the world works

PATHWAY: PGCE Primary with Mathematics specialism

  • Prepare for teaching in primary, infant and junior schools
  • Follow a particular interest in mathematics, leading to subject leadership and/or specialist teaching of mathematics within a primary setting
  • Choose this specialism if you are interested in championing mathematics in your future school

PATHWAY: PGCE Primary (5-11)

  • Gain the experience, opportunity and knowledge to work in KS1 and KS2 in infant, junior and primary schools
  • Choose this pathway if you are interested in shaping children on their journey through the primary phase

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • The core subjects (English, maths and science)
  • Professional studies
  • The foundation subjects
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Leadership

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.



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Do you have a passion for engaging children, helping overcome their barriers and elevating their enthusiasm towards mathematics? . Read more

Do you have a passion for engaging children, helping overcome their barriers and elevating their enthusiasm towards mathematics? 

Our PGCE (postgraduate and professional routes) will enable you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills to teach in primary schools - particularly those in the urban inner-city. Here you will engage in core practice and learn the professional values of teaching.

The quality of teacher training in Primary education was rated as "Outstanding" in the Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. Ofsted found that "Excellent use is made of specialist expertise within the partnership, to ensure that trainees are very well prepared to start their teaching careers."

Employability

Schools are keen to employ teachers at primary level with a deep understanding of mathematics and this is demonstrated by the 98% of our students who are employed within 6 months of graduation. 

As a subject specialist, you may well strive to become a mathematics subject leader or primary specialist as your career progresses. This focus on additional study in mathematics will give you a competitive edge in terms of employment opportunities and open up possibilities for career development.

On our PGCE you will cover all primary subjects with a focus on maths as a specialist route. Our programme will provide you with an understanding of the National Curriculum in all primary subjects and the essential learning needs of children.

Additional mathematics will focus on deepening your understanding at a primary level, not accelerating into higher mathematics. During your time with us, you will develop your professional values and practice so you can meet the broad demands of teaching.

School-based training

Our programme is run in partnership with schools. You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in a primary school, as well as further opportunities in a range of educational contexts. In school, you will be trained to teach all subjects, with additional opportunities to focus further on primary mathematics to enhance your mathematical understanding.

Student support

Studies also take place on the university campus and cover all elements of the National Curriculum.

Our workshops are interactive and encourage you to work collaboratively. These include practical tasks and exploring theoretical perspectives. Opportunities are also provided for you to take an enhancement course in an area of personal interest or expertise, e.g. Special Educational Needs.

Our expert staff are trained primary teachers and are active researchers.

During the programme, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support your studies. Your tutor will be on hand to offer both personal career and academic guidance. Individual support and designated workshops are tailored to meet the needs of each of our individual students in order to ensure high quality outcomes.

Ranking

Our primary students are the second most satisfied students in London and also voted us the second best provider in London (NSS 2016).

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

Students are assessed through National Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. With the exception of the first assignment, which is percentage marked, all assessments are pass/fail and are linked to the Standards specified for Qualified Teacher Status.

Careers

Graduates from this programme can pursue a teaching career in primary schools. Maths specialists should be able to develop a maths specific responsibility within the school, alongside their class teacher role.



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The Primary PGCE course provides a popular route for high quality graduates wishing to achieve Qualified Teacher Status. This is an intense, stimulating and challenging course, designed to develop and extend professional skills and understanding. Read more
The Primary PGCE course provides a popular route for high quality graduates wishing to achieve Qualified Teacher Status. This is an intense, stimulating and challenging course, designed to develop and extend professional skills and understanding. Delivered in a creative mix of university and school based modules, students gain a deep and broad knowledge of learning and teaching across the primary age range.

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Course Overview

Thank you for your interest in this programme. We are proud of our long tradition of training students to become high quality practitioners, and we seek to recruit high quality, committed students who are keen to make a positive difference to the educational experiences of primary school children.The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education (SWWCTE) is part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

The Primary PGCE programmes (General Primary (Lower) and General Primary (Upper)) are designed to prepare students for a career in teaching.

The PGCE is a full-time, intensive vocational programme, suitable for those wishing to train to teach, inspire and enthuse primary aged children, helping them to make excellent progress in learning. The course offers rich opportunities for personal development, as students embark upon the first stages of a career which is challenging, fulfilling and rewarding.

The sessions both in school and at the University are intended to involve students in a range of experiences, which are carefully planned to increase understanding of learning and teaching across the Primary curriculum. There is a focus on developing personal reflective skills, and in engaging with current educational research in order to develop students as knowledgeable and effective practitioners.

The university element adopts a modular structure and teaching takes a blended learning approach including lead lectures, group seminars, tutorials, independent study and directed activities using the virtual learning environment (moodle).

Professional Teaching Experiences take place in a variety of educational contexts. Students build confidence and expertise, culminating in taking responsibility for planning, teaching and assessing a class of children in their chosen phase for a sustained period of time.

In our most recent inspection, Estyn (the Welsh educational inspectorate) praised the Centre’s innovative use of teaching approaches such as Problem-based learning, which forms a core element of the professional studies module.

Key Features

The primary PGCE programme at Swansea sets high expectations of its students and is run jointly between the University and partnership schools across the South Wales region. Programme tutors are knowledgeable and skilful qualified teachers. They possess a wide range of experience and expertise in key curriculum areas and other fields such as literacy, numeracy, ICT, inclusion, Welsh medium studies, humanities, early years, performing arts, bilingualism, PE, RE, thinking skills and more!

Tutors provide excellent pastoral and academic support to ensure that students receive the individual guidance and challenge required to make excellent progress.

During the Programme students study a breadth of subjects, areas of learning and professional matters.

Assessment

In order to complete the programme successfully and meet national standards, students must pass both the practical teaching and written elements of the programme. Practical teaching competence will be assessed by teachers in schools, in conjunction with the university tutor.

University assessments currently include essays, portfolio tasks, presentations and research reports. The programme currently offers 40 level 7 credits at Masters level.

We seek to recruit students who are committed to developing their personal skills and knowledge throughout their studies. Students’ personal literacy and numeracy skills will be regularly audited and monitored throughout the programme. It is a requirement of Welsh Government that literacy skills are measured on exit and judged to be proficient for professional practice. Students complete an exit audit and submit a portfolio of evidence to meet this requirement. A pass grade is mandatory.

This programme is subject to change in response to Government policy.

Career Opportunities

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme. This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Design and Technology graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to:

Bynea County Primary School (Llanelli), Neath Port Talbot County Council, Ysgol y Felin (Llanelli), St. Dogmaels School (Pembrokeshire), Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Caerffili, Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School (Pontypool), St. Micahael's Church of England Primary School (Highgate), Pembrokeshire County Council, Cardiff Council, Saint Josephs Junior School (Port Talbot), Shropshire Council, Easton Church of England Academy (Bristol), Wilnecote High School (Tamworth), Maes Yr Haul Primary School (Cardiff), Llwyswen School (Brecon), Dunvant Primary School (Swansea).

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