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Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Primary Early Years Initial Teacher Education (3-7)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
Course code:
X121
Applications:
UTT
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Education and Childhood
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
One year
Delivery:
Full time
Programme leader:
Ben Wiggins and Laura Manison Shore

Page last updated 23 October 2018

Introduction

The University of the West of England is committed to training outstanding and transformational teachers for the future, able to provide first class educational experiences that make a significant difference to the life chances of all children - and to do so through partnership with early years settings and schools in the region.

Teaching is a challenging, exciting and very rewarding career with a high level of job satisfaction. It is a great privilege, as well as a great responsibility, to be one of the first teachers to influence a child.

In this one-year postgraduate course you study the Foundation Curriculum and the core National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 (English, mathematics and science), and are particularly equipped to teach the Foundation Curriculum to pre-school and reception children and Key Stage 1. You also study theory surrounding early childhood learning.

Early Years students have 'taster' courses in the foundation subjects.

This is a very popular course and competition for places is high, so an early application is essential (please note the UTT dates for applications). We regret that fierce competition for a limited number of places means that we have to disappoint many candidates. You should ensure that you meet the entry requirements and have sufficient observation experience in relevant settings.

Find out why you should train to teach with us.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The PGCE programmes are part of the Department of Education and Childhood, within the Initial Teacher Education cluster.

The University of the West of England is committed to training the best teachers for the future, able to provide first-class educational experiences and make a significant difference to the life chances of all children. We will train you to do so in partnership with schools and settings across the region. All children deserve to learn well, with enthusiastic subject specialist teachers.

Teaching is a challenging, exciting and rewarding career with a high level of job satisfaction. It is a great privilege, as well as a great responsibility, to be able to influence and shape the progress of children and young people.

Our PGCE programmes are very popular and the standard of applicants is high.

As a trainee teacher, you will complete a minimum of 120 days in school on placement practice. This will take place in at least two contrasting schools, in blocks of no less than six weeks, during which time you will be expected to demonstrate effective progress in your own practice and have a positive impact on pupil progress over time.

All trainee teachers must complete four compulsory modules:

  • Professional Development in Primary Initial Teacher Education
  • Professional Practice in Primary Initial Teacher Education
  • Core Teaching in Primary Education
  • Classroom-Based Enquiry: Primary Education.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The PGCE programmes are designed so that your experiences on placement are complemented by university-based learning; the training on placement supports your learning in the Department of Education and Childhood, and vice versa.

Seminars, lectures and placement-based learning equip you to meet the Teachers' Standards, to teach and assess in your chosen phase and/or subject.

Hear what our students think about their time here.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Personal Support

We recognise that embarking on a new course of study can sometimes be quite a challenging undertaking. You will have support from a number of staff in the university including; your group tutor and a personal tutor from your 14-19 specialism (Chemistry). Additionally any student can get support on a range of issues from a Department Student Adviser.

Assessment

Assessment is based on five professionally based assignments and the final block school experience.

In order to pass the course, you are required to pass each unit. They are assessed on a number of written assignments and also on classroom practise against the standards specified by the Secretary of State for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Placements

Placements are offered by schools and settings within our ITE partnership and are geographically diverse, with schools in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall and Wales, offering placements. We work hard to match placements to trainee teacher needs and experience, and we endeavour to keep travel times to a maximum of 90 minutes each way, each day.

Trainee teachers are supported in schools by a Senior Mentor, who is a designated lead teacher for ITE placements in the school, and is responsible for overseeing the training that takes place. Trainee teachers are also closely supported by their Class Mentor (Primary) or Subject Mentor (Secondary), who is their day-to-day contact and supporter in school during placement.

Careers

Careers / Further study

PGCE programmes include 60 credits assessed at Masters level.

As a trainee teacher, you will be joining a modern and well-regarded programme to train to teach across the 11-16 age range and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year370

Supplementary fee information

The PGCE is financed as an undergraduate course. More information on fees can be found on our tuition fees pages.

For funding options, please see funding for PGCE students.

Entry

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good honours degree (normally 2:1) or equivalent in early childhood studies, psychology and sociology or similar but competition for places is considerable and therefore we will make our selection based on the whole application process.

All applicants should also have GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science, or equivalent.*

*If you do not meet the GCSE entry requirements, we will accept equivalency tests that are of a standard equivalent to GCSE grade C or above.

Our PGCE programmes include a high level of placement based learning and working with children. We would encourage all applicants to get as much relevant experience of working or volunteering with children to help prepare them for this crucial element of their programme.

Please note that this course starts early in September. We are unable to agree any requests for holiday due to the number of days required to fulfil the course.

Additional requirements

Applicants must pass an initial selection process and short-listed candidates will be interviewed at the Department of Education. All offers will be subject to satisfactory health checks.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

Applicants who are offered a place must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

If you would like information regarding issues that could disqualify you from teaching training, please contact us on +44 (0)117 32 83333.

Department for Education Professional Skills Tests

All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) and before starting their course. We recommend that you complete the skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy as soon as possible after you have submitted an application for an Initial Teacher Education programme. If practical, you should take these tests before any interview that you may be invited for, but if this is not possible, you should take them as soon as possible thereafter.

If you have not passed the tests at the interview stage, any offer will be conditional until you have passed both tests. There will be a cut-off date of the 2 August; if the tests have not been passed by this date, then any place offered may be withdrawn and offered to someone else.

Following the review of Standards and Requirements for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) by the Secretary of State in 2012 (revised in June 2013), our full-time courses have been designed to be compliant with the latest standards and requirements.

Find out further information about the national curriculum and subjects taught in secondary schools.

Deferrals

The Department of Education is not able to approve deferrals under any circumstances. Applicants unable to start their programme during the year of application will be required to withdraw and reapply the following year.

How to apply

Please read through the UCAS Teacher Training pages carefully for guidance on how to apply.

Read more about postgraduate applications.

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