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Full-Time

Campus

Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

This course gives a high priority to school based learning and to developing your abilities of analysis, evaluation and autonomous learning and development

Teaching is a challenging, rewarding and fascinating career within education. The PGCE Primary Teacher Training course aims to prepare you for entry into the teaching profession through developing your expertise in teaching children aged either three to seven years or five to eleven years. There are two possible awards: Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, depending on attainment in the academic aspects of the course. Both awards include Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The PGCE course is planned and taught in partnership with a range of primary schools and early years settings. During the course, you will be placed in at least two different schools, as well as engaging in taught lecture and seminars. In all school placements, you will work alongside experienced teachers to develop your understanding of how to promote learning and a love of learning with your class.

In preparing you to meet the Teachers' Standards, and therefore be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, this course offers you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and professionalism within a supportive learning environment.

Study style

  • All elements of the course must be completed satisfactorily.
  • School placements are jointly assessed by staff within schools and university link tutors, through observation of teaching and scrutiny of other evidence
  • The Professional Studies module and the Core Subject Strength modules are assessed through written assignments.

Entry requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent preferably in a subject that is relevant to the primary school curriculum
  • You will need a minimum grade C in English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject at GCSE
  • You will need to be able to demonstrate evidence of successful experience in a primary classroom setting (a minimum of ten full days is advised)
  • Successful completion of the literacy and numeracy professional skills test
  • In addition to the above successful applicants will be required to complete two weeks of school experience in a primary school before commencing the PGCE course
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent
  • School Direct PGCE route: This scheme offers an unsalaried placement within a school, with training provided jointly by the school and the University of Gloucestershire. Once qualified, trainees often go on to teach in the same school or another within the partnership. This training programme is also full-time, for one academic year. Please view our postgraduate funding page for more information.
  • To apply, contact Admissions on 01242 714 508 or email pgceprimary@glos.ac.uk

Please see the tuition fees.

Careers

  • Primary school teaching, which may lead to and include subject leadership and the opportunity to progress to roles within the Senior Leadership Team of a school.
  • You can continue your study to achieve a graduate diploma or MEd

Specialise in a core subject

You will have the opportunity to develop strengths in a core subject and in a foundation subject.

Gain 60 Masters level credits

You can gain 60 Masters level credits, with clear progression on to the MEd programme.

Opportunity for an additional focused placement

Enhance your teaching skills through an additional placement towards the end of the course, with a self-chosen focus.

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