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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    20 September 2018

Course content

This dynamic, placement-focused programme enables you to become an enthusiastic and stimulating teacher, ready to inspire young children. Learn to teach the relevant curricula and build your understanding of how young children think, develop and learn. Supported by our inspirational staff, this programme will enable you to build the skills needed for a career in Early Years Foundation Stage settings and in Key Stage 1 in primary schools.

Key features

  • Choose a programme with a national reputation for its quality
  • Learn to teach and assess all the Areas of Learning for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the required subjects of the national curriculum for Key Stage 1 with confidence and creativity
  • Benefit from the high-quality teaching of experienced university tutors, who provide inspirational learning opportunities for you, based on pedagogical research and innovative current practice
  • Engage in your own research about early years education and gain up to 60 credits at master’s level
  • Become an outstanding teacher of young children as you progress through 24 weeks in three different placements, supported by expert mentors. You will be placed in a nursery setting, a reception class and a Key Stage 1 class during the course
  • Benefit from close partnerships with a very diverse range of schools and educational settings across the whole of the South West of England, London and internationally
  • Connect with a number of high-quality teaching schools across the South West with the University of Plymouth's School Direct Programme.

Course details

Programme overview

You’ll combine 14 weeks of campus-based lectures and seminars with three different placements totalling 24 weeks. Learn to teach Areas of Learning for the Early Years Foundation Stage, the core subjects of the national curriculum for Key Stage 1 as well as an introduction to the non-core subjects. You’ll learn through lectures, seminars and workshops and through independent research. Throughout the year you’ll reflect upon your professional development as a teacher, bringing together your understanding of educational theory with your developing knowledge of outstanding practice. Your first two placements will be in early years settings, where you will learn to provide exciting learning opportunities for young children. In your final placement, which will be in Key Stage 1, you will take on – as closely as possible - the full responsibilities of a qualified teacher. You will be supported with your preparations for your first teaching post as a newly qualified teacher (NQT).

Core modules

  • EPGP605 Blocked Experience in Educational Settings 1
  • EPGP607 Final Experience in Educational Settings
  • EPGP613 The Broader Curriculum in EYFS and Key Stage 1
  • EPGP700 Reflection on Professional Studies
  • EPGP711 Early Years Foundation Stage & KS1 Core Curriculum Subjects

Optional modules

  • EPGP600 Reflection on Professional Studies
  • EPGP611 Early Years Foundation Stage & KS1 Core Curriculum Subjects

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

PGCE Primary Programme Specification 2017 18 3908

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.


Visit the Primary Education (Early Years) - PGCE page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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