The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education will enable you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales. It is designed to enable you to become a reflective, confident practitioner having acquired a range of skills and expertise. A bursary of £3,000 is currently available for those with a first or 2:1 degree.
Like a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but it also offers the equivalent of 120 credits and these may be used towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2013, this is a unique course which offers high quality training and support as well as excellent employment prospects.
The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering ITE primary courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training. The Ofsted report states that “such is the confidence of schools that trainees from the University of Birmingham are of high quality, employment rates for both primary and secondary phases exceed national averages by some margin. Trainees display excellent professional qualities: they are clear that good teaching leads to pupils who are interested in their work, enjoy learning and behave well.”
As well as offering outstanding teacher training courses, we are one of the few universities that awards 120 credits for successful completion of our courses, which we award at Masters level. For those who successfully complete their induction year there is an opportunity to transfer credits to the MA Teaching Studies course, which is awarded on completion of a 60 credit dissertation.
The primary programmes meet all aspects of government requirements for Initial Teacher Training. We are able to offer applicants a choice of two routes, so that you can prepare as a teacher across the full 5–11 age range or specialise instead in early years teaching (3–7 age range). Both programmes last for 38 weeks; the equivalent of 19 of which will be spent in schools.
Eleanor studied for four years at the University of Leicester, reading American Studies. Following this, she began her MA by Research in American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham. Eleanor is now studying to complete her teacher training on the PGDipED General Primary at the University of Birmingham.
Eleanor is a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/eleanor-greathead/
Having spent three years reading Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, Francesca graduated in 2015. She returned in September 2015 to complete her ITT (and ultimately, her MA in teaching studies). Involving herself in campus work via worklink, volunteering as a mentor within the Philosophy department and competing in BUCS alongside the Karate team, she has immersed herself within life at the University of Birmingham.
Francesca is a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/francesca-buckland/
A good Honours degree (preferably upper second-class or above) – National Curriculum subject content within the degree is desirable but not essential as we recruit from a range of degree subjects. A minimum of five days’ teaching experience in a maintained primary school is also required.