About the course
Our PGCE Primary programme was designated as 'outstanding' in the most recent Ofsted inspection. The course is taught at the university's School of Education, one of the UK's largest providers of teacher training with an excellent national reputation, and by tutors who are all experienced teachers.
Both our external examiners and students consistently report on the high standard of the programme and the quality of learning and teaching. Year-on-year end of course evaluations highlight that between 90-98 per cent of students appraise their course aims as exceeded or met. Graduates commented that "it was a privilege to be a part of such a vibrant and exciting university" and that "the course is incredibly organised and I have experienced some wonderful teaching. I feel very well prepared for my induction year and am so pleased that I chose to undertake this training year at the University of Brighton
In line with government requirements, from 2013, the majority of this course is conducted in schools. You will spend 24 weeks in school-based training working with and alongside a range of partnership professionals. The university will induct you, provide you with professional, academic and pastoral support and complements, reinforces and expands the school based elements. You will develop both the theoretical knowledge and practical experience required for a successful career in teaching.
Our course team prides itself as dynamic and responsive to the ever-changing educational landscape. You will benefit from a programme that supports the development of a huge array of skills, knowledge and understanding vital to entering the teaching profession as a principled and reflective practitioner.
This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which allows you to teach in England and Wales.
This is an intensive year, with two-thirds of the course based in partnership schools. Your training is a shared activity between the university and the schools. You will secure 120 credits in university and school-based training by a coherent and invigorating programme that attends to the curriculum and subject areas, teaching and learning and professional enquiry. Inherent to this programme are the government national priorities and you are supported to address these issues to a very high standard.
Underpinning effective strategies in teaching and learning across and beyond subject areas is our commitment to inclusive practice and working with children from diverse backgrounds. The university-based training comprises lectures, seminars and self-directed study. Your learning will supported by a talented and well-qualified tutor team committed to outstanding practice. All module sessions are devised to engage students where you will work individually and as part of small and larger groups. University lecturers, practising teachers and your student colleagues will all be contributing to your learning. We believe in nurturing/facilitating students; opportunities to discuss and critically analyse effective pedagogy though small, interactive seminar groups. This is one aspect of our commitment to student-centred practice.
The school based training takes place across our partnership schools in four counties. This is often conducted in pairs and small groups and will include a breadth of professional experiences and opportunities working alongside experienced teachers and other school based professionals. This will include observing practitioners, working with individual pupils and groups of pupils, team teaching and sustained independent teaching. It will entail completing specific subject tasks and developing knowledge of school policy and effective practices. You will be supported to maintain a professional training portfolio and to review your work and critically and analytically as well as to set appropriately challenging targets.
Areas of study
You will study the National Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 with modules in all aspects of primary curriculum. Underpinning this is a programme designed to develop skills necessary for the role of the reflective and critical teacher. You can apply to complete a primary subject specialism which is designed to deepen and broaden subject knowledge and also includes experience of subject leadership. You will engage in a professional enquiry and this includes study at masters level.
All students are enrolled onto the Postgraduate Certificate in Education but an alternative exit award, the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, which also includes QTS, is available if you do not achieve the masters-level elements of the postgraduate programme.