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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    August

  • Course Duration

    36 Weeks

  • Course Type

    PGCE, Other

  • Course Fees

    Fees for September 2019 entry are subject to confirmation by the UK Governement and will be published when confirmed.

  • Last Updated

    12 November 2018

Course content

Overview

Our course is demanding, meaning you need to be enthusiastic, creative and hardworking. With a mix of studying and placements over a thirty-week academic year, it requires time and effort.

Successful participation in this course will enable you to gain provisional registration as a Primary teacher, working with young learners in the 3-12 age group.

You will benefit from a blend of guidance from a range of successful practitioners, peer learning and individual study.

The course consists of 2 on-campus modules (14 weeks in total) and 3 school placements (3 x 6 week placements). Each placement is pre-ceded by time on campus where lectures, tutorials and workshops will form the main programme, in addition to tutor directed tasks and individual study time.

You will be invited to return to campus for a Recall Day during each placement where you will be offered tutorial time and talks from guest speakers relevant to your focus at that point. Each on-campus module is assessed through written assignment which can be attempted at Level 10 or Level 11 and each placement module is assessed by the school and university tutor.

You will be allocated a placement tutor who will work closely with you throughout the course, visiting and assessing you on each of the three placements and supporting on-campus through tutorials and individual meetings where required. This provides consistency and encourages a positive, professional working relationship between you and your tutor.

The course offers a range of elective options in semester two. You’ll be encouraged to engage in at least 2 electives. The electives offer additional guidance in subject areas which may be of particular interest or in areas where you might not feel as confident and may welcome more input. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to attend Maths tutoring sessions (run by the undergraduate Maths students) if you do not feel as confident in your own mathematical skills. There is an Online Maths Assessment and an Online Language Assessment which you will be encouraged to continually engage with to improve your personal skills in these areas.

Who should study this course?

This course is suitable if you have secured a degree and now wish to enter the field of Primary Education, initially as a classroom teacher.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

Many elements are shared with students on the PGDE (S) course to increase cross-sector understanding and collaboration, whilst separate elements address sector-specific matters. The course facilitates competence and confidence in relevant areas of the curriculum and professional matters pertaining to teaching, with strong theoretical underpinning and practical applications.

How you will be taught

The on-campus period is made up of the following:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Tutor-directed tasks

You will be associated with three schools (one per semester) in order to capitalise on opportunities to gain deeper understanding and to participate in the wide spectrum of aspects associated with the lives of schools.

We also allow you to develop areas of strengths/expertise and to support you in areas where you may feel less secure. In order to meet the varying needs and to address issues as they are identified, we offer "Module Enhancements". You will be able to choose from a range of learning enhancements which provide enriching experiences, enabling you to personalise your studies. You will thus be able to capitalise on your strengths and develop areas of interest and needs.

How you will be assessed

Formative assessment and summative assessment are used throughout the course. There are two university-based assessed modules (both written assignments) and three professional practice modules. Professional Practice (Placement) is assessed with reference to the Standard for Provisional Registration by university staff and school partners. Although this course is at graduate entry, there are components (University-based) which are assessed at SCQF Level 10 and Level 11. Professional Placement is assessed only at SCQF Level 10.

What you will study

Structure and timeline of PGDE Course:

  • Aug-Sept: 5 week on-campus period (Module 1A)
  • Sept: 1 week observation in school (Module PP1)
  • Oct: 2 week on-campus period and one reading week (Module 1A)
  • Oct-Dec: 5 week placement (Module PP1)
  • Dec-Jan: 4 week on-campus period (Module 2A)
  • Jan-Feb: 6 week placement (Module PP2)
  • Mar: 2 week on-campus period (Module 2A)
  • Mar-May: 6 week placement (Module PP3)
  • May-Jun: course completed 

As part of Module 2A, you can choose a minimum of 2 Electives to study. Each placement is followed by a study week. See below for more details regarding the placements. 

  • PP1: Middle to Upper Stages (P.4-7)
  • PP2: Nursery/Early Years
  • PP3: Any stage (P.1-7)

Careers

All successful UK and EU participants are guaranteed one year’s employment in a Scottish primary school via the GTCS Teacher Induction Scheme.

The majority of our students go on to enjoy careers as classroom teachers initially. Thereafter, they may apply for promoted posts within the management teams in schools, or as Principal Teachers. Some choose to enter other fields, operating as Education Officers within museums etc. Others undertake further study, to become Educational Psychologists etc. It is also possible to pursue a wide range of further careers, e.g. within Education Scotland, as Advisors/Directors within Local Education Authorities, within GTCS or in Initial Teacher Education in universities.

Recent participants in this course have gone on to secure permanent posts in a range of settings, both within Scotland and abroad e.g. in International Schools. Some are operating within promoted posts in schools; others are specialising in specific aspects within schools e.g. in promoted posts, Learning Support or Outdoor Education. Others have returned to academic life as lecturers.

Your Application

Before being finally accepted, a PVG Scheme Disclosure Scotland check will be conducted.

APPLY THROUGH UCAS

The UCAS course code to reference is X100. Deadline is 15 January 2019


Visit the PGDE Primary Education page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

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