PGCE Primary (QTS)

Course length: 1 year full-time

Overview

Newman offers you two routes through the Primary PGCE course: ages 3-7 or 5-11.

These PGCE Primary routes focus on the study of teaching in all National Curriculum subjects, with emphasis on English, maths, science and ICT. The Primary Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 course (3-7) includes a specialist study of the early years foundation stage curriculum and the distinctive pedagogies encountered in reception/nursery classrooms and children’s centres. For both routes school placements will be completed in relevant age phases, including nursery and reception classes for students on the 3-7 age range course.

Whichever route you take, you will learn the principles of curriculum design and delivery, and theories of learning and teaching, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of young children. The course is designed to enable you to meet the requirements for qualified teacher status (QTS).

The programme is approximately 38 weeks long with at least 24 of those weeks in schools. You will attend taught sessions at Newman and/or partner schools which will provide you with a thorough understanding of education theory that you will be able to apply in the classroom.

The course will provide you with key skills such as behaviour management while preparing you to teach the national curriculum. The content brings together latest research findings with current school policies and practices. Emphasis is placed on systematic synthetic phonics (as a key strategy within early reading pedagogy), children’s mathematical development and scientific enquiry. The key characteristics of each primary subject area are studied along with cross-curricular links and topics.

The courses will provide you with a balance of general classroom practice and specialist understanding. You will study two modules at masters level which will provide a firm foundation for future continuous professional development leading to a masters degree.

The PGCE Primary Partnership

Newman’s Primary PGCE courses offer you strong partnerships with Teaching School Alliances and primary schools in the West Midlands. You will be taught by qualified practitioners who are able to link different perspectives of primary teaching to the development of your practical skills in the classroom. Tutors are involved in both Newman based training and in supporting the professional development of students in Teaching School Alliances and partnership schools. Teachers are involved in the construction of courses and the supervision of school experience and in teaching students how to make effective, critical and reflective evaluations of their work.

School Based Learning

School-based learning is central to the PGCE programme and will be a feature of all three terms of your PGCE year. You undertake placements in at least two primary schools providing opportunities to observe and practise a range of methods and approaches. School-based learning includes observation of experienced teachers, a structured programme of group and whole class teaching and a series of directed activities to explore wider school issues.

Special Features

• You are taught by staff who have extensive experience of classroom teaching

• To enable you to teach in Catholic schools you will have the option to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

"Assessment of the PGCE Primary programme combines course assignments and professional practice in two schools. Both are methods which suit the needs of the course and they compare well with other similar courses elsewhere."
External Examiner

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree or a recognised equivalent, preferably BA or BSc Second Class or above in one of the core subjects or Early Years.

GCSEs (or equivalent) English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above

Recent and relevant work experience in a British state primary school is normally required prior to interview. We do not require a specific amount of time in school. However, the quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview. Candidates must attend an interview and sit literacy and numeracy tests at Newman University.

Passing the National Skills Tests for Literacy and Numeracy, together with obtaining a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearance and meeting the requirements for Fitness to Teach is also required.

For full entry requirements please see our admission requirements page.

Employability

Fees

2016/17: £9,000*

* From 2017/18 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation.

Finance and Bursaries Information

Course structure

PGCE Primary (QTS)

Professional Route - Early Years: 

School Experience
School Experience
School Experience
Education and Professional Studies
Core English
Core Maths
Core Science
Broad Curriculum
Early Years specialism
Education and Professional Studies (Postgraduate route)

Professional Route - Primary:
School Experience
School Experience
School Experience
Education and Professional Studies
Core English
Core Maths
Core Science
Broad Curriculum
Global Education Citizenship (optional)
Education and Professional Studies (Postgraduate route)

The modules shown are for the current academic year and are indicative only, for future academic years. The module options may change to reflect the teaching and research interests of our staff and statutory policy requirements from the Department of Education.

Course code

3-7 age range: X121
5-11 age range: X100

Vacancies are shown on UCAS.

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For all enquiries relating to admissions or entry requirements, email us at admissions@newman.ac.uk

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