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PGCE Early Years

Course Description

This one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with full PGCE to teach children aged 3-7 years in primary or infant schools.

We work closely with over 300 partnership schools to prepare you fully for the practical demands of teaching, including delivery of the curriculum for Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1. You’ll be taught and supported by highly experienced tutors, nursery practitioners, class teachers and school mentors who have a national reputation for the quality of their training. Home and EU students can apply to the Student Loans Company for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of the fees. You may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship up to £12,000*.

This course allows you to fast-track to Stage Two of a Master’s degree, quickly progressing your professional development. Opportunities for progression are wide and varied in and outside the school setting. Organisations such as museums, art galleries and zoos employ teachers as education officers. The course can also provide you with opportunities for selfemployment, in areas including private tutoring, writing educational materials or running a small private school.

Visit the PGCE Early Years page on the University of Warwick website for more details!

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Primary and Early Years Teaching

"The teacher training at Warwick was fantastic. Knowledgeable staff, engaging lectures and several opportunities to learn outside the school or lecture room. The course equipped me with the practical skills, subject knowledge and confidence to become an outstanding teacher. The analogy of the PGCE course being like climbing a mountain is spot on. It is very challenging, but if you keep going - the view from the top is amazing! I now teach Reception and it does not feel like work at all - it is a pleasure."

Donna, PGCE Alumni


Entry Requirements

2:ii or above undegraduate degree with honours, a Grade C in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent). You must pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy.

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