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Primary Education (Early Years) - PGCE


Course Description

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.

Course details

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
-EPGP607 Final Experience in Educational Settings
-EPGP700 Reflection on Professional Studies
-EPGP605 Blocked Experience in Educational Settings 1
-EPGP613 The Broader Curriculum in EYFS and Key Stage 1
-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

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

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject; An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, from a recognised university (masters and PhDs also count towards entry requirements. A masters degree will be considered as a second class upper degree and a PhD as a first. This will also apply to international applicants). It is not necessary for the degree to be in a national curriculum subject; If you have overseas qualifications you can check your compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

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