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Early Years Education - PGCert


Course Description

Our Early Years and Primary (Blended) PGCE course will allow you to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Primary National Curriculum, to enable you to kick-start your career in teaching.

Graded by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ – the highest grading possible – this course is primarily delivered online, with the addition of two compulsory training weekends each year. Placements form a large part of the course’s structure and you will complete practical and assessed placements throughout the duration of your course.

You will also have the opportunity to choose an area of specialism should you wish to focus on one key subject.

On completion of the Early Years and Primary (Blended) PGCE course you will achieve Qualified Teacher Status, which allows you to begin working in a school or other educational establishment.

Learn From The Best

The Early Years and Primary (Blended) PGCE course is delivered by our team of highly experienced tutors who boast extensive experience in teaching and education.

Although a majority of this course is delivered online, you will have ongoing access to staff to enable to them to support you through every step of your degree.

This course also requires you to spend a significant amount of time in our partnership schools, where you will be guided and mentored by an experienced teacher who will act as your school-based mentor.

You will also be assigned a university tutor to support both you and your school-based mentor, to ensure that your school experience fully develops your skills as a teacher.

Our Initial Teacher Education courses are all rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

Teaching And Assessment

This course is primarily delivered online to provide flexibility and the ability for you to study at times convenient to you.

A mix of practical and assessed placements will be undertaken to develop your skills and knowledge. Arranged by Northumbria University, assessed school placements will run for eight weeks and allow you to enhance your classroom-based practice and ability to plan and deliver lessons. In addition, practical placements will allow you to complete a series of online tasks and further develop your understanding and hands-on experience.

This course is assessed via a range of methods that include written assignments, presentations, reflective personal portfolios and school-based assessed placements. These approaches will enable you to gather the evidence you need to demonstrate your competence against the Teachers’ Standards (2012) and to be awarded the PGCE. On successful completion of both you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.

Learning Environment

As a distance learner a large proportion of your course’s content will be delivered online using the latest innovative software.

Learning materials such as module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists will be available via our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard. You can also access student support and other key University systems through your personal account.

In addition, you will also be provided access to innovative learning and assessment platform, pebble+, where you can store your written material including reflections, assignments, notes and a portfolio of evidence linked to the Teachers’ Standards, together with assignment feedback from your professional tutor.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning is embedded throughout this course. You will be able to draw on our research-led teaching approaches and embark on a process where critical, analytical thinking and self-reflection are central to the development of your knowledge and understanding of learning, teaching and the professional role of a teacher.

Through the development of a practitioner enquiry we will ensure your understanding of current practice and developments is at the forefront of the education sector.

Give Your Career An Edge

All of the Primary Education courses at Northumbria University are graded outstanding by Ofsted, meaning they are highly respected by employers locally and nationally.

You will leave with a strong understanding of teaching, and the ability to appreciate the wider expectations associated with this profession. Your placements will provide practical experience and a strong grounding in the roles and responsibilities of a teacher.

You will leave with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to embark on a successful year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

This course is fully compliant with the requirements for initial teacher training as defined by National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) – the national awarding body.

Our education courses are ranked 12th in the UK in the Sunday Times University Guide 2016 – an increase of seven places from 2015 – and 6th in the 2016 Smithers Good Teaching Guide.

Your Future

Completion of this course provides you with an excellent introduction to teaching and the opportunity to enter a hugely rewarding profession.

When applying for your first job you will have access to the expertise of University staff and school leaders who will provide support and guidance to your cohort.

Students who complete this course benefit from high employment rates and most often secure teaching roles in primary schools and nurseries.

Graduates may also take advantage of opportunities further afield and gain employment teaching abroad.

Around 50% of our graduates typically secure their first teaching post months before completion of their course, with this figure increasing to 90% within three months of graduation.

Successful completion of the Early Years and Primary (Blended) PGCE will also support your further study should you wish to progress to a Masters qualification.

Visit the Early Years Education - PGCert page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first degree of a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification. Whilst first class and 2:1 awards are particularly welcome, all candidates will be considered on merit. All offers of places are subject to receipt of a suitable Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced certificate.

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