This PGCE Primary programme at Winchester trains students to teach the 3-7 age range. The programme experience is intensive yet intellectually stimulating - it involves high levels of active participation and personal and professional commitment, enabling the development of thoughtful and high-quality entrants to the teaching profession.
Programme Content Established in 1840 as a teacher training college, the University of Winchester has built on this history with high-quality and innovative teacher education programmes.
PGCE Primary is a postgraduate professional programme of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) leading to the award of either Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with Masters level credits) or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, both including the recommendation of the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
This course prepares students to teach across the age ranges of 3-7 (full-time route only). The route is organised around six modules and includes placements in schools or educational settings.
Students undertake studies in all elements of primary education; they extend their knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. These areas of understanding and skill are then applied to classroom practice during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings, dependent on the route being undertaken.
Full-time study is arranged to be consistent with the primary school year and starts with a pre-programme 15 days in school/s arranged by the student. Students are provided with a handbook to guide these pre-programme observations and activities.
Teaching placements are predominantly in Hampshire primary schools, but this geographical area often extends to Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Surrey. Students also have the opportunity to take one of their placements in East London or the Isle of Wight. Students with suitable pre-programme experience may take one placement in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) setting.
All students are allocated a personal tutor to support them in their progress through the programme. Progress is tracked both academically and in terms of the Teachers' Standards (Department for Education 2012), which are a required part of professional training.
See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/pgce-primary-3-7.aspx
Modules The programme is a blend of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings.
The taught programme introduces students to the many and varied aspects of primary phase education. Students undertake modules within Professional Studies, Curriculum Studies and Personalising Learning, exploring themes relating to education, schools, the curriculum and learning and teaching. The taught modules are designed to work together to support progression in student skills and understanding of primary pedagogy, and to support student achievement in the school experience modules.
Learning and Teaching Tutors with extensive experience and expertise of primary phase education support student learning through a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and number of technological channels including online discussion forums.
Assessment Modules are assessed either by assignment or by achievement of success against the Teachers' Standards (Department for Education 2012). Assignments are varied to capture students' differing strengths and include essays, presentations and practitioner enquiry reports. Feedback is given with all assignments in order that students can improve their academic writing as the programme progresses. School placements are assessed through graded observations measured against the Teachers' Standards (Department of Education 2012). The observations include detailed feedback, usually made by the class teacher and a university link-tutor mentor.
At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.
Careers The PGCE Primary programme at the University of Winchester has a high employability rate, with many students securing their first teaching posts in our partnership schools.
Applicants are required to have a second-class Honours degree or above (ideally in a subject related to the primary curriculum) plus GCSE passes (or equivalent) at Grade C or above in English language, science and mathematics. Applicants are advised to access the Department for Education (DfE) website at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for general information. This guidance sets out the DfE requirements for gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and identifies the minimum academic requirements that candidates must meet to be eligible for admission.