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Primary Education, PGCE

Course Description

The PGCE Primary (postgraduate and professional routes) will enable students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to teach in primary schools, particularly those in the urban inner-city.

Students will have the opportunity to train in two consecutive age ranges, Foundation/Key Stage 1, or Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2, or Key Stage 2 (7-9, 9-11).

One of the strengths of our provision is our partnership with schools. Students will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in a primary school, including extended experience in two schools, plus further opportunities in a range of educational contexts.

Courses of study in the programme cover the National Curriculum and take place in both the university and in school.

Opportunities are also provided for students to take an enhancement in an area of personal interest or expertise e.g. Special Educational Needs. University workshops are interactive, encouraging students to work collaboratively on practical tasks whilst also exploring theoretical perspectives. Staff are trained primary teachers and, in addition, are active researchers.

School based training is an integral part of students' study and provides the context in which students can develop their professional skills, knowledge and understanding.

An inclusive learning environment is provided for students to enhance equality of opportunity. Students are allocated a personal tutor who supports their study on the programme and offers both personal and academic guidance. Individual support and designated workshops are tailored to meet the needs of individual students in order to ensure high quality outcomes.

The aims of the programme are for students to:

- Develop the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding required to work with primary school children

- Train to teach in two consecutive age ranges

- Provide students with an understanding of the National Curriculum and learning needs of children

- Develop professional values and practice needed to meet the broad demands of teaching.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/edupr/pgce

Education - Primary

This programme enables graduates to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to teach in primary schools. We work in partnership with schools in London, Kent, Essex and the south east of England and can offer a varied teaching experience to students ranging from the inner city to the rural and suburban context.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

- Primary Professional Enhancement (15 credits)
- The Child, the School and the Community (15 credits)
- Initial School Experience (15 credits)
- Final School Experience (30 credits)
- Children's Learning and Development (30 credits)
- Creativity in Learning and Teaching (Inspiration, Motivation and Challenge) (30 credits)
- Professional Development (15 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.


There is a range of assessment modes including essays, portfolios, presentations and practical teaching in school. After being formally assessed against the national statutory requirements, students can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. The programme provides an opportunity for Master's-level credits, which can be gained through the submission of appropriate assignments.

Career options

Graduates of this programme can pursue a teaching career in primary schools.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/644413/PGCE-Primary.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

Visit the Primary Education, PGCE page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

Student Profiles

Fast Forward Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Our Fast Forward Master's Scholarship will provide £5000 support which can be taken either as a discount from the normal fee or a cash bursary.Up to 80 scholarships will be available across the university.Criteria and who can apply?- Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.- Available for part time programmes. Part time fees will be split across the first two years of study.- Students will need to have a declared household income of £40,000 or less, and will be asked to demonstrate this by providing certain information as requested by the university.- Students funded by Student Finance England (SFE) will need to ensure that SFE have "consent to share" their household income assessment with the university.- Students who receive funding from Student Finance Services European Team, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will be asked to by the University to provide documents from their funding provider to verify their household income.- Fees will be subject to a 5% prompt payment discount if paid in full by the end of September 2016. Other fee waivers (for example the Alumni and First Class Honours waivers) will not be payable in addition to Fast Forward Master's Scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scheme you must first make an application for an eligible University of Greenwich Master's programme.Applications for Fast Forward Master's Scholarships will be addressed to check whether:- They meet the eligibility tests as summarised above and as set out more fully in the self-check eligibility test (see below)- They are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree.Those applications which pass this assessment will result in scholarship offers, on a first come/ first serve basis. These offers will be conditional on the achievement of a first or upper second class degree.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification AND clear written and spoken English PLUS grade C at GCSE in English language, mathematics and science prior to application.

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