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PGCE Lower Primary with QTS (3-7 year olds)

Course Description

There are few jobs more rewarding than helping the educational development of children, particularly those in the early years of life. Teaching offers an exciting and fulfilling career for anyone ready to take up the challenge. We're here to help you become an effective, skillful and caring teacher, giving you the values and self-motivation you'll need throughout your working life. Our popular and highly- rated PGCE Primary courses have helped hundreds of people become successful primary school teachers, so take advantage of our knowledge and expertise to put your passion for teaching to the best possible use.

Over half of the 39 week course is spent with children, with 124 days on school-based learning (including assessed placements) in at least two different schools or settings, giving you the real-life experience you need to enhance your teacher training. Your university lessons will involve studying two modules at masters level, taught by highly-committed and effective tutors who will help you achieve new levels in your professional development. You'll learn everything you need to be a confident and knowledgeable teacher, with a wealth of classroom experience to give you the best start to your career.

Course outline

You will study a range of modules to develop your knowledge and understanding of 3-7 year olds, including two modules at masters level. These will cover child development, the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1. On completion of the course, you can seek accreditation (of 60 credits) towards our MA in Education Professional Practice.

Over half of the course is spent on school-based learning, with support for each student according to their needs. This will help you reflect and analyse children as learners, cross-curricular learning and teaching, and innovative teaching approaches. The academic part of the course allows you to study curriculum, pedagogy and aspects of professional life (including leadership) beyond the statutory requirements.

Graduate destinations

This course can lead to a fulfilling career as a Foundation and Key Stage 1 teacher.

As this is a PGCE, it includes some work at masters level, leading to 40 credits that can count towards an MA in Education.

Other admission requirements

A minimum 10 days experience in a mainstream UK Primary school covering Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (five days in each Key Stage) gained within the last two years. A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study. The ability to discriminate key ideas and express arguments. All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced DBS clearance according to established university procedures

Visit the PGCE Lower Primary with QTS (3-7 year olds) page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a first degree, or its equivalent with a minimum of 2:2 honours. If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis. Three GCSEs at minimum grade C or above to include English language, mathematics and science (including biology, chemistry or physics). All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2016. Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2016. See course description for further admission details.

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