Our PGCE Primary Education with QTS programme is a school-based partnership, combining on-campus study with training in placement schools and settings.
The PGCE will train you to teach across the 5-11 age range in Key Stages 1 and 2 and achieve the Teachers’ Standards. You will receive a high quality training experience and learn the latest approaches and strategies necessary to fully prepare you for your first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).
During the programme you will study a breadth of subjects, including all of the National Curriculum subjects. Through a focus on evidence-based research, you will specialise in one of the following: Computing; English; Humanities and Creative Arts; Mathematics; Modern Languages; Physical Education; Science; Special Educational Needs/Disabilities. We strongly recommend an early application as there is high demand for places.
What will I study?
This PGCE consists of three main elements.
- Academic and Professional Development – gaining knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ, you will develop the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and classroom management. You will also gain an understanding of the education system, consider the wider professional role of a teacher, and learn how to reflect upon and take responsibility for your professional development;
- Curriculum Subject Knowledge – working with expert tutors, you will acquire essential subject knowledge for the Primary National Curriculum. Exploring a range of teaching methods, including the use of ‘new’ technologies, you will be guided in how to provide children with stimulating, imaginative and effective learning experiences;
- Specialism – you will identify a specific focus of personal interest relevant to current issues, initiatives and discussions within your chosen specialism. You will conduct a literature review and develop proposals for school improvement.
How will I study?
A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, together with practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you the knowledge and skills you need to become an excellent teacher. A substantial amount of face-to-face contact time with specialist tutors will be facilitated across all Primary National Curriculum subjects. You will be supported by online and distance learning materials and encouraged to develop key skills, including the use of technology, to support your own learning.
You will also spend a significant amount of time in schools in a variety of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes during the programme. Progressing from teaching small groups with a partner to teaching a full class on your own as you become more confident in the classroom, you will observe outstanding teachers in action and learn from high quality training in schools.
Undertaking a range of differentiated training experiences closely linked to your individual targets, you will develop your role as a classroom teacher, assuming greater responsibility for the class as you move through the programme.
How will I be assessed?
A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against the Professional Standards for QTS.
You will also complete:
- Edge Hill subject knowledge audits in English and Mathematics; - A Career Entry Development Profile (CEDP) which serves as a bridge between your PGCE programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.
Who will be teaching me?
You will be taught in University and on professional practice in schools by a range of highly qualified and experienced teachers and tutors who are dedicated to excellence in Primary education and who will model high quality practice to enable you to develop your own teaching style.
What are my career prospects?
Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain a recommendation for QTS and progress onto employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher within a Primary school.
Our graduates obtain work in schools across the UK and abroad and we offer excellent support to help you gain your first teaching post. You will have an ability to teach in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 in Primary schools, a strong knowledge of Primary education and excellent classroom skills, so that you meet and exceed the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status.
You will also have a thorough understanding of how to teach the Primary curriculum in creative ways that excite and stimulate children whilst ensuring that they make good progress. In addition, you will have comprehensive knowledge of your specialist subject and be well placed to take a leadership role in school. Skills in monitoring and managing your own development, together with an ability to reflect on alternative approaches to education, will help you to make your own informed choices and aid your career progression.