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PGCE

PGCE Primary 5-11 years

About the course

*Please note, due to high demand, you are advised to apply early for this programme.

This one-year course is designed to prepare you for teaching children in the 5 to 11 age range. With a balance of school and university-based learning, you’ll graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Hull enjoys close, well-established relationships with over 150 infant, junior and primary schools which are involved in the programme design, recruitment and training. You’ll undertake block placements in two different schools, where you’ll be closely supervised by tutors and mentors.

You’ll be given a foundation in the full range of subjects that make up the primary school curriculum, with particular emphasis on the core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science.

School Experience

Trainees spend more than 120 days in school, comprising two block placements of eight weeks in the spring and summer terms. Each assessed placement is preceded by two weeks in school to enable you to prepare for your placement.

In addition to two block placements, there are weekly visits to schools throughout the autumn term as part of the professional studies course.

Admissions status

open for admission in 2017/18

Deadline

Although there is no deadline, we recommended applying early, as applications for the programme is closed once spaces are filled.

Fees and funding

The way your course is funded depends on the route you take.

Home/EU: £9,250

You could access a Get Into Teaching bursary or scholarship. Your eligibility, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject in which you train and your degree classification, or highest relevant academic qualification.

If you’re looking to train on a non-salaried postgraduate teacher training course but are not eligible to receive a bursary or a scholarship, you could be eligible for a tuition fee and maintenance loan.

The University currently subsidises travel to school placements, where the journey to the placement is longer than the normal journey from home to University. You will be expected to pay at least the first £5 (equivalent to the first 25 miles). For journeys over 25 miles per day, costs will be paid directly into your bank account.

We offer two ways to complete our PGCE with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School Direct Training

The University works in close partnership with a wide range of schools, academies and teaching school alliances. You complete most of your school experience in one host School Direct establishment with a further 30 days in another school to ensure that you gain experience of different teaching environments. Academic theory will be delivered at the University campus.

School Direct institutions may offer

  • School Direct ‘training’ places to suit graduates who may be eligible for training bursary of up to £30,000.

  • School Direct ‘salaried’ places to suit graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You’ll be employed by the school and earn a salary as you train.

Provider-led training

The University selects the two schools in which you complete your school experience. We work in a range of schools, academies and teaching school alliances to ensure you are able to put theory into practice in high-quality, supportive settings. You may be eligible for a training bursary of up to £30,000 depending on your honours degree and the PGCE you select. 

Study information

Your studies consist of five key areas:

  • English – looking at the various strategies which can be applied in different types of schools, with some weekly English sessions taking place in local schools
  • Mathematics – build your confidence of your own mathematical ability as well as gain the knowledge and skills to teach mathematics effectively
  • Science – develop your own knowledge and understanding of science, as well as the pedagogical skills best suited to facilitating children’s effective learning of science in the classroom
  • Foundation subjects – art, design and technology, geography, history, information and communication technology, music, physical education and religious education
  • Professional studies – develop an understanding of a wide range of general issues related to the profession, including safeguarding, child development, curriculum planning and assessment, teachers’ legal responsibilities, behaviour management and record planning

Assessment information

Theory

Assessment is based on a series of coursework assignments at Masters level. There are two subject-focused assignments, one for English and one for mathematics. A third piece of work is related to themes presented in the professional studies course.

Practice

Assessment takes place in schools. You’ll be assessed on your achievement of the Teachers’ Standards. Assessment of teaching ability is based on performance as a teacher in the classroom.

Entry information

  • All candidates must have at least GCSE grade 4 or C (or equivalent) in mathematics, English language and science.

  • Most candidates who are interviewed, have, or are expected to achieve, a 2:1 or above in their bachelor (honours) degree and have elements within their studies which are relevant to the primary curriculum.

  • We also look for evidence of wide subject knowledge, a good reference and a strong commitment to primary education.

  • Only those candidates who have some experience of working in primary schools, either voluntarily or as teaching assistants, are considered for interview. We work on the assumption that candidates cannot be committed to a career in education if they have not recently visited a primary school to find out what being a primary teacher is all about.

Any offers made are conditional on confirmation in writing from the University that any health requirements which may apply from time to time have been met.

In addition, all candidates must have undergone the relevant criminal record checks as shown by receipt of a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

You will also complete a criminal convictions self-disclosure form. This is an interim measure and is retained until the University has receipt of the full enhanced Disclosure from the DBS.

Professional Skills Tests

All students must pass the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before beginning the course. These tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge required for teaching. They do not replace the GCSE grade C (or equivalent) entry requirements in English language and mathematics.

The tests are set in the context of the professional role of a teacher and the questions use real data and information that teachers are likely to encounter. They are computerised and can be taken at approximately 150 test centres throughout the UK.

For more information visit the Department for Education website

How to apply

To apply for a PGCE course you must apply through UCAS Teacher Training. Please visit the UCAS website for further details.