The Primary PGCE course forms a practical introduction to teaching, providing student teachers with the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach children aged five-11 years. The strong emphasis of the programme is on learning from experience through reflection and enquiry.
The Primary PGCE is built upon a consideration of the relationship between theory, practice and research, with 120 days spent on placements in partnership schools. This provides a firm foundation for the professional journey towards being an outstanding practitioner.
The course consists of school experience, primary professional studies and curriculum studies. The focus on professional studies and curriculum studies will prepare you to deliver the National Curriculum in school. You will cover: art; design and technology; English; geography; history; information and communication technology; mathematics; music; physical education; religious education; and science.
The time spent on placement builds your confidence and competence as a classroom practitioner.
The course benefits from positive and longstanding relationships with a number of partnership schools. This enables a wide range of experiences to be gained across a range of contexts. Course modules are firmly rooted in school and classroom practice.
The PGCE covers the five–11 age range.
You will undertake a combination of academic and professional study in order to achieve recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This includes successful completion of the National College for Teaching and Leadership's tests in numeracy and literacy prior to commencing the course.
During the PGCE you undertake 60 credits of Master's level modules. If you successfully pass all components, you graduate with the PGCE at Master's level and are recommended for QTS.
Students who pass the PGCE with QTS have the option to continue their studies on a part-time basis on the MEd Practitioner Enquiry. The MEd focuses on teaching and learning in school settings and draws on the experience you acquire through your day-to-day teaching. Students choosing this option benefit from fast-track entry, which enables them to complete the MEd Practitioner Enquiry in two years.
We also offer expertise in historical, philosophical and sociological perspectives on education, including: social justice; the Institute of Diversity and Equality Practitioners award; training in philosophical enquiry for children validated by SAPERE
Our graduates are high-quality professionals who meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status and exercise the professional judgement required to promote the highest quality education in the contexts in which they work. They engage actively with enquiry-based learning, research and theory in order to continuously develop professional knowledge.
For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/postgraduate-certificate-in-education-pgce-primary/#modules
How to apply
For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/postgraduate-certificate-in-education-pgce-primary/#howtoapply
A 2:2 honours degree. Before you apply you also need GCSE or O level passes (grades A–C) in: English language; mathematics; a science subjectBefore starting the course you need to complete and pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership's numeracy and literacy tests .You need to have spent at least 10 recent days working/ observing in a UK primary classroom before applying. This will inform your application and any subsequent performance in the selection process.