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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full time: 1 year

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    08 January 2019

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The Early Years Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 full-time route will prepare students for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in line with the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards (2012). UCL works in partnership with around 200 primary schools, nurseries and children’s centres to enable students to fully prepare to be a primary teacher with an EY/KS1 focus.

About this programme

Students on this programme will have the opportunity to develop into effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers. On completion of the programme students will have a clear understanding of progression, since the QTS qualification applies to the whole primary age-range, whilst a student's teaching experience will be in early years foundation stage (EYFS) and KS1.

Students undertake two Master’s-level (level 7) modules as part of the PGCE with a total of 60 Master’s credits on successful completion.

The programme consists of three core modules, two at Master’s-level (level 7) and one at Undergraduate-level (level 6) and three school placements.

The Early Years Pathway is part of the Primary PGCE. Students will be qualified to teach the 3-11 age range but will specialise in teaching children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (Ages 3-7). 

Compulsory modules

  • Teaching and Learning Module (level 7)
  • Specialism Module (level 7)
  • Professional Practice Module (level 6)

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study. Students will be supported though a virtual learning environment and will participate in school placements. Assessment is through assignments, presentations, audits, feedback and tutorials. A final assessment is based on a range of evidence including observations of teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study.

Placement

As part of the programme students will spend time in placement at a school or Early Years Centre, during which time their teaching experience will be supported by a tutor and mentor. Students will spend 120 days on placements.

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

This programme provides graduates with an excellent preparation for their first job teaching in a primary school, as well as moving on to key stage coordinator roles, other leadership positions and eventually headships. These roles include classroom teachers, mentors to PGCE students, deputy and assistant headteachers, headteachers and educational consultants.

Employability

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Primary PGCE provision was rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in 2013. IOE graduates are highly sought after in schools and colleges throughout London and the UK.

Why study this programme at UCL?

Students on the Primary PGCE (EYFS/KS1 full-time) programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools, EY settings and at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

Primary PGCE (EYFS/KS1 full-time) students spend time in school observing across the Foundation stage and Key Stages 1 and 2, and they gain experience of teaching across Early Years and Key Stage 1. Students will learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects and the EYFS curriculum. They will also select one subject for specialist study from the range that we offer (i.e. Literacy, Geography, Mathematics, Music, Computing, MFL and Science).

Accreditation:

Students who successfully complete this programme will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Department: Institute of Education

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suited to those wishing to gain Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) for teaching in a UK maintained (state-funded) school and who have fulfilled the appropriate entry requirements. This route to QTS and a PGCE is suited to people wishing to gain experience in Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 in particular.

Application deadlines

9 August 2019

Early application is advised as programmes may close as soon as places are filled.

For more information see our Applications page.

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Visit the Primary Education EYFS/KS1 PGCE page on the University College London website for more details!

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