Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy
All PGCE applicants for 2014 entry will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. The Department of Education have indicated there will be notable changes to the structure and content of 2013 tests, but have not yet confirmed details of these changes. We advise applicants to monitor http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching
A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and satisfactory health check are also required.
Applicants currently domiciled outside the UK may apply pending appropriate UK school experience on the condition they also possess substantial school experience outside the UK. This must be made explicit in the personal statement.
Rated as 'outstanding' in the most recent Ofsted Inspection, this course provides a rigorous and effective training leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for early years establishments and primary schools in the 3-7 or 5-11 age range. Intensive university and school-based training is combined with periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by the University and placement mentors.
We also work in partnership with some schools to offer School Direct (salaried and non-salaried) training places. Please note that those applying for School Direct places will need to meet the same entry requirements as those applying to the University PGCE. It is possible to apply for both the School Direct and University route.
The University's Faculty of Education is a major North West provider of Initial Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development. The PGCE Primary programme has been judged as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted with key strengths including trainees' employability and the high value given to the trainee voice in providing higher-quality provision.
A distinctive route is available for trainees wishing to specialise in teaching Early Years. This entails placements in Foundation Stage settings as well as Key Stage 1. University-based teaching and learning opportunities focus on the needs of the early years practitioner.
Success in obtaining teaching posts normally exceeds the national average for PGCE courses. An Appointments Advisory Scheme assists trainees in securing first teaching appointments. Talks are provided, sometimes by Headteachers, on procedures, letters of application and conditions of service; trainees are advised of school vacancies, and Local Authority publications are available for reference.
Trainees spend a total of 120 days in at least two schools related to the two age phases of their particular route through the course, with time spent in each Key Stage/Phase. You will be attached to each school for a substantial period of time and expected to engage in the full life of the school.
In your first placement you will gain experience across the full age range of the school and teach in one class for an extended period, taking increased responsibility for that class.
You will begin to teach a range of curriculum areas, as well as gaining an understanding of cross-curricular themes. Trainees also spend some time on a placement gaining an understanding of Special Educational Needs.
The second placement focuses on the whole curriculum and extended management of the classroom in order to meet the requirements for the Teachers' Standards.
Trainees are required to pass both periods of school-based training.
. Strong mentor and tutor support for trainees' personal, academic and professional needs (identified as a key strength by Ofsted)
. The effective use of schools with specialist experience
. Innovative units of study and option courses
. Incorporates 60 Masters Level credits which can be used towards a Masters degree eg MA Teaching (also offered by the Faculty of Education)
Applicants must possess a 2.1 honours degree, and five GCSEs including English Language, Mathematics and Science, at grade C or above (Grade B desirable for the 3 mandatory subjects). Evidence of at least 3 weeks experience in a UK primary school within the last two years required, completed prior to application. If you are due to graduate or have graduated within the last 3 years your priniciple referee must be a University lecturer. An additional reference will also be required from the school in which you undertook your placement. Failure to provide the above will result in an unsuccessful application.
UK and EU students full-time £9,000. Non-EU overseas students £12,500