This is a flexible course, which can take between one and three years, depending on individual circumstances and experience.
The PGCE Primary Modular is ideal for those who are not able to commit to a fulltime or fixed part-time route into teaching, or who wish to have some recognition taken of existing experience as a teacher or lecturer.
Much of the studying is undertaken independently through online learning.
The course has been designed for all students to meet the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and provides the opportunity to gain 40 Masters level credits.
The course runs in partnership with schools across the region and beyond. Whilst every effort is made to support students in their preferred school location, where a school is more than two hours’ drive from Canterbury we would ask applicants to discuss whether this is possible, with Hannah Marsh in Admissions.
This course provides an opportunity for you to gain a PGCE whilst continuing in employment/caring for a family/fulfilling other life commitments. It is flexible and responsive to your needs. It gives you the chance to tailor your studying to your lifestyle and to take a very individual route to QTS, whilst providing opportunities to meet with likeminded people from all over the United Kingdom and Europe.
Two of the modules offer the opportunity to gain 40 Masters credits and these can then be put towards a Masters degree in the future.
All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies.
All learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study will be informed by and inform practice.
The module work is accessed and submitted online, with tutor support when needed.
There are three school placements of six weeks, eight weeks and eight weeks. There is the possibility of gaining exemption from the second placement, if certain criteria are met, including evidence from previous teaching experience. Placement one and two may be undertaken part-time if necessary, doing a minimum of three days a week in school.
You are obliged to attend a minimum of 12 core teaching days at Canterbury. These cover the core and foundation subjects, are taught by subject specialists and are very highly evaluated.
Learning and teaching is comprised of online materials, face-to-face seminars, group and individual tutorials (these can be face-to-face or via Skype/Facetime/telephone/email) and support in school whilst on placement.
The face-to-face seminars are held in Canterbury on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year. These offer the opportunity to network with your colleagues and have access to tutors who are subject specialists. These days are fun, informative and designed to provide a theoretical underpinning to your learning. They also offer ideas and suggestions for activities to try out when on school placement and time to answer any queries or concerns you might have.
From the very start of the course you are allocated a pathway tutor who will support you throughout. They will offer pastoral, academic and school experience support, and this strong relationship is a key aspect of your time on the course.
You will also have other subject tutors who will offer guidance both for academic work and school placements. You are welcome to contact tutors and arrange tutorials (face-to-face or virtual) whenever you feel it would be useful.
Students will be assessed in two main ways via academic assignments and assessment of their teaching.
Students will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in each curriculum, professional and enhanced studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but students may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to their chosen subject options.
For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx
See our Teacher Education Funding page to discover the scholarships and bursaries available.
Visit the PGCE Primary Flexible Route page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!
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