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    09 October 2018

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If you are a graduate with a passion for learning and an interest in a career in primaryteaching, this course is for you!  The PGCE Primary Education programme is a one yearcourse that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. The course aims to prepare student teachers to be highly-skilled, confident, critically reflective and innovative practitioners who are committed to life-long professional learning and the education of young people. 

To train to teach at Cardiff Metropolitan University is an exciting opportunity to learn within the Cardiff Partnership for Initial Teacher Education, the only provider in South East Wales to be accredited by the Education Workforce Council for 2019 entry. 

The Cardiff Partnership consists of Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of Oxford, Cardiff University, Central South Consortium (CSC), Education Achievement Service (EAS), City of Cardiff Council and Lead Partnership Schools and Alliances. Together, the Cardiff Partnership collaborates to ensure that our student teachers not only achieve but seek to surpass the professional standards for QTS through high-quality professional education that is rigorously practical and intellectually challenging. Graduates will develop the values and dispositions that will enable them to be highly employable and ready to meet the demands of the classroom. 

Some of the distinctive features of the course includes:  

  • 60 credits at Masters’ level that can be ‘traded in’ towards an MA in Education. 
  • University and school experiences that train student teachers to teach the Curriculum for Wales across the 3-11 age range 
  • Research-informed clinical practice where structured opportunities enable student teachers to use theory to interrogate practice and vice versa. 
  • A supportive and collaborative culture of learning 
  • School-led training days led by schools identified as leading providers of education and professional development 
  • A ‘return day’ to university and/or lead partnership schools every week to consolidate and cohere learning 
  • Opportunities for cross-phase learning with our PGCE Secondary programme 
  • Person-centred enrichment opportunities to build on strengths and develop innovative, collaborative, professional learning and leadership skills. 
  • A commitment to the development of Welsh language skills of all student teachers based on their individual experience and needs 

For more information on how to become a teacher or further your teaching career, visit the Discover Teaching Wales website.

Please note: ITE courses in Wales have recently undergone an accreditation process by the Education Workforce Council (EWC). Cardiff Metropolitan University will continue to provide PGCE Primary and PGCE Secondary ITE courses; we will start receiving applications for both courses in October 2018.

Please refer to the EWC website for further information regarding the accreditation.

Learning and Teaching

The university and school-based teaching and learning opportunities have been designed to complement one another in order to maximise student progress. The methods used emphasise and facilitate student teachers’ critical development skills, and cohere around the integration of research and enquiry, practice and theory. In both University and school settings, student teachers will normally experience both tutor-led learning and self-directed methods of learning, developing increasing independence and reflection as they progress through the course. There will be regular opportunities throughout the course for student teachers to review their personal progress with their tutors and take responsibility for planning and executing their own learning.

In university, the learning and teaching methods used within modules may include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, all supported via use of Cardiff Metropolitan’s virtual learning environment. In many of the modules, the learning and teaching strategies that will be used will be those with the strongest research evidence of impact on student teacher learning and pupil attainment e.g. microteaching, clinical practice and feedback, metacognition and self-regulation, direct teaching and flipped learning. Where possible, workshops will be delivered in a range of cross-phase, cross-curricular and same subject domains providing plenty of opportunities for student teachers to learn from each other’s varied experiences.

During school-based learning, student teachers will be scaffolded by team teaching approaches as well as engaging in independent teaching and they will be required to take increasing responsibility for teaching a class, or classes, independently over a sustained and substantial period. Clinical Practice will include directed time for Research and Enquiry; independent and team teaching; and planning, preparation and assessment. In addition, student teachers will receive fifteen training days led by Lead Partnership Schools/Alliances. During these days, a variety of teaching and learning approaches will be employed including examination of school documentation, learning rounds, video-stimulated reflective dialogue, learning walks, learning conversations with pupils or teachers and book scrutiny.

Employability & Careers​

Successful completion of the programme will lead to recommendation to the Education Workforce Council for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and provides opportunities for employment at the primary level. Graduates can obtain work in schools across Wales, the UK and abroad.

The course is designed to provide a wide range of experiences that will provide our graduates with the knowledge, skills and confidence to prepare them well for the world of work. Cardiff Partnership’s Lead Partnership Schools have been identified as leading providers of education and professional development in Wales and so the opportunity to learn from them and within their own environments means that career progression from student teacher to Newly Qualified Teacher should be seamless. For further information, visit the Discover Teaching website. 

What can I expect to earn when I start teaching?

Information can be obtained from the Training and Development Agency for Schools website.

Professional Development:

The programme also offers an advantage towards continuous professional development by affording 60 credits at Master’s level. These credits may be carried forward towards a full Master’s qualification studied on a full or part time basis.​

Visit the Primary - PGCE page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!




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