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Early Years and Primary (Blended) (PGCE)

Course Description

About this course

This is a two year Part-Time Distance Learning PGCE Programme with a focus on the 3-7 year group.

This innovative high quality distance learning Early Years and Primary course has been specifically developed to provide a route for students wishing to achieve a PGCE in Early Years & Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status. It has been especially designed to facilitate students who prefer both a school based and distance based route into teaching and require a longer trajectory of study due to work and life commitments. Students complete the programme in two years.

In addition to this students are also given the opportunity to develop a subject specialism as part of their study.

This Early Years and Primary (Blended) course is divided into two parts. Both Part 1 and Part 2 consist of: on line study with directed tasks to be completed in an experience school, module assignments and an assessed teaching placement. This is supported by two university weekends and occasional study days. ICT confidence and access to a personal computer with a broadband internet facility are essential requirements

The Early Years and Primary course is designed to support students towards achieving the Standards for QTS.

All primary education programmes at Northumbria are category A (The highest possible category) from OFSTED.

PGCE EYP Blended students gain an in depth knowledge and understanding of the Early Years and Primary National Curriculum with particular focus on the 3-7 range, whilst obtaining a broad range of experiences. Students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to work independently as a self-motivated distance learner with support from their curriculum and professional tutors on line.

This is a route for designed for highly motivated people, from all walks of life. It enables them to have the opportunity to enter a hugely rewarding profession. In following this route you will receive an excellent introduction to the teaching profession.

- Assessment
The content of the programme will reflect the curricula requirements of the Foundation Stage and National Curriculum for England. There will also be tasks and assignments that will relate to the extended life of a school, educational theory and a wider understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the teacher.
Assessed School Placements are normally undertaken either in the North East or in the London Borough of Newham partnership schools.

Our PGCE students experience great success in entering teaching straight away. Career opportunities include teaching in maintained and independent nursery, infant, junior, primary, first and middle schools, as well as in other areas of education, such as Children's Centres and other early years settings.

Please note: we do not accept deferred applications for this programme.

See the website https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/early-years-and-primary-blended-dl-gtdpre6/


Our Initial Teacher Education courses are rated as Outstanding by Ofsted and in 2014 ranked us as 7th overall in the UK.


When you want to get hands-on experience of teaching we can support you. All of our programmes offer the opportunity for experience in educational settings.

Who would this Course suit?

Typical students on the Distance Based PGCE are people who wish to teach young children, often career changers; many already work in schools and settings and wish to formalise their training. Many have worked or studied in a variety of capacities with young children. Students suited to this route are self-motivated and autonomous learners.

Visit the Early Years and Primary (Blended) (PGCE) page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have attained GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics and a Science at grade C or above and a good honours degree from a UK university (normally at 2.1 or above) or a recognised equivalent qualification. Within the previous year, and prior to interview, applicants must have at least 10 - 15 days of experience in mainstream UK schools in Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1 which should be clearly described on the application form. Any prior experience in supporting the educational opportunities of children should also be given in detail.

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