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PGCE (PGCert) Primary Education (5-11 years) with recommendation for QTS

Course Description

About the Course

This is a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) course, also known as Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert).

The PGCE Primary programme at Brunel University London offers you the opportunity to qualify as a teacher across the whole primary age range of 5-11 years with an emphasis in either the 5-8 or the 7-11 age range.


This one-year full-time course equips graduates to teach in primary schools.

Brunel University London works in partnership with local schools for initial teacher education through an associate tutor system (teachers in school who act as mentors during school placements). This approach not only helps to ensure that courses are meeting the needs of schools but also gives students a sound appreciation of the profession.

The intensive programme combines courses in principles and methods of teaching with practical school-based teaching placements and students are assessed on both elements.


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Course Content

Students take all the primary National Curriculum subjects, with a combination of centre-based and school-based training.

Personal, social and health education, together with citizenship, are also featured on the course, with complementary work undertaken in schools.

Trainees will study the equivalent of four modules at Masters level giving 60 M-Level credits which can be counted towards appropriate Master's Degrees at Brunel University London and at many other universities.

The modules focus on the compulsory National Curriculum subjects and ICT, with Special Educational Needs, Specialism Pathway and Professional Practice.

-Modules (all compulsory)
-Investigating Professional Practice
-Lesson planning for teaching and learning, including differentiation
-Evaluating teaching and learning in relation to precise objectives
-Researching learning and teaching
-Establishing and maintaining order in the classroom
-Key teaching skills
-Working with other adults (including support staff and parents) and developing key interpersonal skills
-Government guidelines and statutory and legal frameworks, including the ‘Code of Practice for Pupils with Special Educational Needs’ and ‘Every Child Matters’
-Meeting the needs of children with EAL
-Meeting the needs of the most able pupils
-Learning, Teaching and Assessing the Primary Curriculum
-The National Curriculum for English for Key Stages 1 and 2, and insights into the relevant aspects of the curriculum for the Foundation Stage and KS3
-The Primary National Strategies
-Subject knowledge for teaching English, including phonics, handwriting, spelling, grammar, children’s literature, poetry and drama
-SEND specific to English/Literacy (eg dyslexia)
-Assessment specific to reading, writing, speaking and listening (eg Miscue Analysis)
-The National Curriculum for Mathematics for Key Stages 1 and 2 and relevant aspects of the curriculum for the Foundation stage and KS3
-Subject knowledge for teaching mathematics, including written and mental calculation strategies, the nature of the four operations, problem solving and investigative work, shape, space and measurement, data handling and the effective use of ICT in mathematics teaching
-SEND specific to mathematics (eg dyscalculia) and the effects of other types of SEND (eg autism) on mathematical achievement
-The National Curriculum for Science for Key Stages 1 and 2
-The QCA guidelines for the teaching of science
-Subject knowledge for teaching science, including the main aspects of life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes
-Developing knowledge and understanding of approaches and strategies to promote the development of children’s science process skills
-SEND specific to science
-Theories of learning, teaching and assessment
-Nature and interpretation of assessment
-Assessment systems, instruments and techniques, including assessment for learning
-Public policy and SEND
-The Code of Practice for pupils with SEND
-Inclusive practice in mainstream schools
-Specialism Pathways
-Implications for curriculum development
-Exploration of underlying values, ideologies and issues related to learning and teaching within and across the relevant subjects
-Critical evaluation of research- based and policy-based literature relating to curriculum development
-Opportunity to utilise a chosen ‘specialised’ range of resources
-Develop inter-personal and presentation skills
-Effective application of cross curricular principles in a chosen area.
-School Experience
-The student teachers will spend a minimum of 24 weeks undertaking school-based training. Through school-based learning the course also focuses on a range of professional issues relevant to teaching in a primary school. For example, the legal responsibilities of teachers, personal tutoring, working with parents.

School experience includes visits to a link school, serial school experience and two blocks of full-time school experience. The schools where this takes place are all in partnership with Brunel University London which gives trainees many added benefits. There are two formal teaching placements.

At the beginning of the University-based part of the course, you are required to arrange two weeks of structured observation in a primary school. Successful candidates will receive detailed information regarding this during the summer term.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) requirement

This course involves regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults. Where this is the case, students will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application, previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. The application will cost £51.86 (this amount may be subject to change) and the University will send further instructions as part of the admissions process. For further guidance please email .

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course. -

For more information on Special Features of the course and Teaching and Assesment, please visit this link http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/pgce-primary-education-with-qts

Visit the PGCE (PGCert) Primary Education (5-11 years) with recommendation for QTS page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK first or Second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised (NARIC) qualification is normally required in preparation for Masters level professional study. Applicants are also required to hold English, Maths and Science grades A* to C or equivalent at GCSE level. In-house GCSE equivalency tests will be offered to applicants who have not studied through the UK education system, an in-house GCSE equivalency tests will be offered. Applicants would normally be expected to meet the GCSE requirements at the point of application.In addition, applicants will need recent and relevant experience of state school primary education in England.

Course Fees

UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time International students: £13,500 full-time

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