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    1 year full time

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    20 August 2018

Course content

The University of Northampton has been recognised as one of the top 25% performing ITT providers (DfE, 2017) and has been awarded multiple year allocation for training places.

This course is for graduates who are interested in a career in teaching. You will be trained to teach Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (children aged five to 11 years). At the end of the course you will be recommended for QTS**, allowing you to teach anywhere in the country, and you will also have 60 credits at Master’s level.

You will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that you need to demonstrate the professional standards for teaching required by the Department for Education and exceed the minimum expectations for each Standard. We are committed to ensuring you are graded as a ‘Good’ teacher who will be able to make a significant difference to the lives of all children.

If you studied your undergraduate degree with the University of Northampton and are enrolling on to a full-time PGCE Primary QTS 5-11 or PGCE Primary QTS 3-7 course in 2018/19 then you will be eligible for the University of Northampton Alumni PGCE Bursary Award*.

*Terms and Conditions apply

**The present title Qualified Teacher Status QTS is subject to change due to an ongoing government consultation at the time of going to press. For the latest information, please visit the DfE website.

Course content

This course focuses on the priorities of the KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum and national priorities. You will learn how to teach, how to lead and you will develop your subject knowledge to give you confidence and competence in the classroom.

Through this course, you will develop into a highly committed, creative and reflective teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Teaching is a practical skill, so you will spend a substantial part of your course in school-based Placements with our partnership schools. During School based days, you are expected to be in school between 8.20am and 4pm. There are three assessed Placements, and the opportunity for a self-organised placement in an alternative setting. This will give you full experience of a range of educational contexts.

Alongside your placements, there are two Masters’ level modules, Teaching Learning and Assessment, and Professional Studies. These modules are worth 60 credits at Master’s level and can contribute to the MA in Education.


Career Opportunities

When you successfully complete this course you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status** which is presently nationally recognised as the professional qualification for teachers. You will be assessed in teaching the 5-11 age range, thus giving you access to a primary teaching career.

**The present title Qualified Teacher Status QTS is subject to change due to an ongoing government consultation at the time of going to press. For the latest information, please visit the DfE website.

Work Experience

Work experience is integral to this course through school-based Placements. You will have the opportunity to work in a variety of schools across Northamptonshire and neighbouring counties, giving you the best teaching foundation possible.

Visit the Primary Education (5-11) (QTS) - PGCE page on the University of Northampton website for more details!





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