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PGCE Primary Initial Teacher Education (5-11)

Course Description

The University of the West of England is committed to training outstanding and transformational teachers for the future, able to provide first class educational experiences that make a significant difference to the life chances of all children - and to do so through partnership schools in the region.

Teaching is a challenging, exciting and very rewarding career with a high level of job satisfaction. It is a great privilege, as well as a great responsibility, to be one of the first teachers to influence a child.

This one-year postgraduate course prepares you to take your place in primary schools as generalist teachers, within a specific key stage Primary (age range 5-11 years) subject specialism.

Course detail

You receive significant training in the core National Curriculum subjects (English, Mathematics, Science) and in professional studies. There are also short 'taster' courses in the foundation subjects and you will also pursue an individual specialist study in one of the following areas: language and literacy development, creative and expressive arts, science and technologies, knowledge and understanding of the world, or primary languages.

On this 38-week course, you spend 19 weeks in schools and 19 in the Department of Education at UWE. The course is designed so that your experiences in these two sites of learning are integrated. In school, you carry out directed tasks that support your learning in the Department, and study in the Department informs your practice in the classroom.

Seminars and lectures in General Professional Studies equip you to meet the standards to teach and assess the core subjects of maths, English and science and, with support, the foundation subjects of the National Curriculum. You are also offered a subject specialism.


We have a contemporary approach to teaching and learning, making full use of up-to-date technology. The course is conducted through lectures, seminars, tutorials and group tasks. The lecturing team has a wide range of recent teaching experience in schools.

With in the department there are workshop areas where you practice many of the practical and school-focused aspects of primary education.

You are allocated a General Professional Studies Tutor who acts as an anchor person during the course and with preparation for a professional career in schools.


Approximately half the course is school-based where you gain in-depth experience in three different types of school during the year. Each block of school experience is preceded by several serial days of observation and planning.


Assessment is based on five professionally based assignments and the final block school experience.

Careers / Further study

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses now include 40 credits of assessment at Master's Level (Level M). If you opt not to attempt the requisite credit at Level M, a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education will be available as an alternative award.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the PGCE Primary Initial Teacher Education (5-11) page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

You should have a good honours degree (normally 2:1) or equivalent but competition for places is considerable and therefore we will make our selection based on the whole application process.For the Upper Primary PGCE programme you are required to have a qualification relevant to the National Curriculum which could be in your degree or at A-level (or equivalent).All applicants should also have GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics, English and/or English Language and Science.

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