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.
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.
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:
Other modules are also possible - please contact the programme leader,%[email protected], for advice.
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
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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
Participation in the programme fosters the development of a number of key skills and personal qualities important in a range of professional contexts including:
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.
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.
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.
This is NOT an appropriate training course for applicants who wish to teach in Secondary schools or Post Compulsory Education establishments.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Across the globe schools are seeking dynamic and highly qualified teachers to support pupils learning into the future.
We are delighted to announce that the School of Education will be offering the PGCE in Primary Education at the University of Birmingham’s Dubai campus, which will open this autumn. The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. In the 2017 QS World Rankings, it was ranked 25th in the World and joint 6th in Europe.
Staff within the School of Education have been working closely with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), which is responsible for the growth and quality of education, on the development of this high-quality training programme which leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Primary level.
The programme is based on both the UK and UAE standards. School-based experiences are a central part of this programme which also features a range of professional courses to help you plan, teach, and develop your classroom skills. The high quality personalised support, ensures that the majority of our students exceed the teachers' standards at an outstanding level (Ofsted report 2013).
The School of Education’s well established and renowned programmes in teacher education are due to commence in September 2018 at the Dubai campus. Applications for these courses will open in September 2017. This one year full-time teacher training programme will prepare you for entry into the teaching profession as a reflective and critically aware practitioner. It does this through a significant emphasis on research-led teacher education which will include key elements delivered by staff from the University of Birmingham in Dubai supported by senior teachers in schools.
The programme, which has been approved by KHDA, will support the Ministry of Education's aim of enhancing the status of teachers in the UAE and provide opportunities to share the School’s high quality provision internationally.
Suitable for those interested in becoming a teacher across the full 5-11 age range the Primary Education programme is a full time one year postgraduate programme. The programme is designed to help you plan, teach and develop your classroom skills within the primary age range. Time within the programme is spent developing necessary subject knowledge in English, Mathematics and Science alongside the consideration of whole school issues such as Managing Behaviour.
The Primary English component forms an essential part of your work on the PGCE in Primary Education course. It has been designed to develop your skills in the planning, teaching and assessment of Primary English, including speaking, listening, reading and writing. Your training will include taught sessions at university, directed tasks in school, group tasks, directed self-study and independent study and research. These elements of your training are linked, to ensure coherence and the integration of policy, practice and theory. Strong subject knowledge is a vital element of being an outstanding teacher. The course is designed to help you develop English subject knowledge in your own context, build confidence with subject specific terminology, and develop your understanding of the nature of pupils progression in Primary English.
The Primary Mathematics component aims to prepare you to teach mathematics effectively, confidently and enthusiastically across all primary ages. Through undertaking the course students’ will develop their knowledge and understanding of an appropriate mathematics curriculum within a current and contemporary context. They will also develop and extend their mathematical subject and pedagogical knowledge with a particular focus upon effective teaching strategies, calculation methods, relevance, relational understanding, Mastery, reasoning, problem solving and using and applying. A wide range of children's errors and misconceptions across all primary mathematics topics will be highlighted and discussed, and a variety of teaching and learning strategies to appropriately address these will be modelled and explained. Students will also develop their knowledge, understanding and ability to use a range of resources (including ICT), creative and exciting approaches, planning principles and strategies, cross-curriculum methods and formative assessment to fully support pupils mathematical engagement, progress and achievement. All aspects of the course will be supported and informed by a range of contemporary and seminal primary mathematics and pedagogical research. Students will be provided with the opportunity to reflect upon and evaluate their teaching and the pupils development within mathematics.
The programme is designed to meet recognised teacher standards in the UAE and UK and time is spent in placement schools to develop the necessary experience and skills.
The Primary and Secondary programmes are founded on our long-standing expertise in teacher education and combine the phase, curriculum and learning and teaching expertise of specialist tutors with centre-based training at the University.
A variety of teaching styles and approaches to learning are used in the programme. These include university-based lectures, small group seminars and workshops, school-based work with pupils and teachers, and work undertaken individually or with other groups of students.
Specialist university tutors are experts in their field and lead dedicated subject programmes. Assessment is based on coursework undertaken during the year.
The ‘whole school issues’ part of the programme is concerned with aspects of education that are of importance to all intending teachers, irrespective of their particular teaching subjects. It is designed to provide a breadth of awareness, depth of insight and development of skills through a range of themes studied by all students.
Teaching is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding careers you can pursue - you'll shape the minds of tomorrow!
This course is a professional training course which qualifies you to teach primary education. The qualification is recognised throughout the world and is regulated by:
You’ll learn the theories behind teaching practices and explore these throughout the year. You'll gain the skills necessary to become the best teacher you can be.
You'll also see the relevance of everything you're learning come alive while on placement. Classes are here on campus and you'll carry out three placements in two different schools throughout the year.
You must keep a portfolio of progress throughout the course. This prepares you for the continuation of professional development during your professional teaching career.
As part of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to submit two of your assignments at Masters level.
If you do this, you’ll be almost halfway towards a Masters in Education qualification. If you go on to do the Masters in Education, all you’ll have to do is complete two Masters level classes, a research class and a dissertation.
You can do this on campus or by distance learning.
You'll spend 18 weeks of the course on placement in a school within Scotland. You'll be continually assessed while there to show you meet the requirements for the Standards for Provisional Registration.
You must attend your placement school throughout the full working day. You must also attend school on staff in-service days, unless told otherwise by your school.
Placement is your chance to put what you're learning into practice. You'll explore your own teaching style, learn new techniques and develop relationships with your pupils.
Please read our important information about the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. This is for all applicants applying for courses which involve placement opportunities (working with children or vulnerable adults).
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you're guaranteed a job for one year in a Scottish school after you graduate.
This is part of the GTCS Teacher Induction Scheme. Following graduation you should contact the GTCS for provisional registration.
Once you complete your probationary year, you'll be awarded full registration.
As a newly qualified teacher, you can receive an additional £6,000 under the Preference Waiver Scheme if you agree to work anywhere in Scotland for your induction scheme.
The course encourages active and participative styles of learning in order to meet your professional needs, and to promote a commitment to continuing professional development.
The hours for the full-time course are 9am to 5pm. You’re expected to be working on course-related activity during those hours.
To be awarded the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education, you must pass all course modules.
Each class includes course work that involves group or independent study on specified tasks. This may involve presentations and written reports. Although these are not assessed formally they are essential learning experiences and are course requirements.
The PGDE qualification is required for employment as a teacher in a Scottish primary school. Following the probationary period, it can provide a starting point for a clearly defined career structure within primary education. The promoted posts in primary schools are Principal Teacher, Depute Head Teacher and Head Teacher.
Gain the skills you need for the challenging task of teaching in a primary school. On this course, you develop the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm needed to motivate children’s learning.
This course is designed to prepare you to meet the demands of recent developments in primary education. We emphasise the core subjects of English, mathematics and science.
School-based training is an integral part of the course, and you will work with pupils in key stages 1 and 2. We offer the course in partnership with local and regional primary schools, which play a key role in the teaching and assessment of your professional competence against the teachers Standards. In total you spend 120 days in school over the year.
As part of the course you gain 60 credits towards a masters qualification.
Bursaries are available to any UK or EU trainee starting a PGCE in England who is not employed as a teacher. For more information about grants towards tuition fees and bursaries visit the student finance website.
Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. When applying through School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the intention that you will be employed by them if you successfully complete the course.
For more information visit our School Direct page
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.
You will study:
The course is made up of modules which integrate experience in schools with professional and curriculum studies.
You complete two masters levels modules. One enables you to evaluate and reflect on your own progress as a teacher. the second enables you to explore a chosen area in more depth in your school or setting and with colleagues in that setting.
The other modules assess your ability against the teacher standards. You are assessed in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Your academic work is assessed through coursework using a variety of assessment methods. Your teaching is assessed in schools and by school-based mentors.
After graduating, you have excellent career prospects as we have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96 per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.
You gain the qualifications, skills and experience to teach in maintained primary schools in England and Wales. You may also work overseas in teaching and related employment.
Previous students have found careers with local authorities, private schools and other educational establishments throughout the country.