Primary Education PGCE with QTS

2020-21

Start date

1 September 2020

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

10

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478249

About the course

If you've got an undergraduate degree and aspire to become a primary school teacher, then this course will help you on your way. The course focuses on developing the skills you need to teach children from ages five to eleven and upon successful completion we’ll recommend Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Why Primary Education?

  • You’ll develop your knowledge of National Curriculum subjects in the primary curriculum with a focus on teaching and learning in Key Stage 1 and 2 alongside hands-on classroom experience.
  • A significant amount of your learning will take place in our partnership schools.You’ll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.
  • Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching post (NQT year) within a primary school setting.
  • Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 5-11 age range, with opportunities to develop a comprehensive understanding of progression to Key Stage 3 and from the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Why study with us?

  • We've been training teachers since 1947 and together with our partners we train over 1400 teachers each year.
  • We work with 140 teaching placement providers to help prepare you for teaching in the real world.
  • While you’re studying at Huddersfield, you’ll be able to access our extensive professional and academic network, not to mention our excellent facilities and specialist equipment, including our mock Early Years and Primary classrooms designed to help you prepare for the real world whilst you study.
  • There are many opportunities for further study with us, enabling you to continue your professional development after training to teach. These include our suite of Education Master's courses and research degrees, including Doctor of Education and Education PhD routes.

The University of Huddersfield has an impressive track record of producing highly skilled teachers for the early years, primary, secondary and lifelong learning (post-16) sectors. In fact, we’ve been developing great teachers since 1947 and today we train over 1,500 teachers together with our local and national partners. So if you’re looking to pursue a career in teaching then we could be the perfect choice.

We operate strong and credible partnerships with local and national education providers, including leading The Education and Training Consortium consisting of 21 regional partners. Together our academics, researchers and partners within schools and colleges work to ensure our trainees are able to equip themselves with the most relevant and up to date skills needed within the workplace.

By choosing to study with the University of Huddersfield, you’ll join an inspiring, passionate and committed community focused on making your studies as enjoyable, rewarding and productive as possible. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Jayne Price, Joint Head of Department for Initial Teacher Education

Course detail

Core Curriculum Studies in Early Years and Primary Education

In this module you'll be introduced to the principles of planning, teaching and assessment in the core curriculum areas of English, Mathematics and Science. You'll learn about curriculum requirements and you'll have opportunities to observe teaching and learning in the core subjects and develop your practice in teaching of these subjects in school. For your assignment, you will audit your subject knowledge, set targets for personal development and show evidence of progress. You'll also develop a critical evaluation of the role of systematic synthetic phonics in the teaching of reading.

Inclusion, Equality and Diversity

This module seeks to introduce you to the barriers to inclusion and equality of opportunity that children and families may encounter and to the inclusive teaching and learning strategies informed by current research which are designed to overcome these. Working with your University tutor and subject/professional mentors during your school experience, you'll identify an appropriate case study for your assessment task which helps you to focus on one pertinent aspect of inclusion and demonstrate your impact on the learning and progress of a pupil or group of pupils through your developing inclusive practice.

The Wider Curriculum in Early Years and Primary Education

In this module you'll be introduced to the wider curriculum in the primary school, including personal, social and emotional development. You'll learn how to plan lessons in the foundation subjects and you'll be introduced to the principles of effective teaching. Following a series of training sessions you'll be responsible for planning and teaching a series of lessons in school focusing on one or more foundation subjects. This will form the basis of the assessment task which requires you to write a critical report analysing the issues inherent in teaching of this subject in primary schools.

Developing Critical Professional Practice in Primary Education

This module seeks to develop your professional practice as a teacher and you'll undertake two sustained teaching placements in two schools, and in two age phases. You'll learn a range of teaching and learning strategies informed by current research and you'll gradually develop your independent practice through reflection, target setting and continual evaluation and refinement. You'll evaluate the impact of your teaching on pupils’ progress and engagement and demonstrate your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Assessment is typically through the presentation of a portfolio of evidence against the standards and a synoptic critical evaluation demonstrating the impact of your teaching on the learners’ progress over time.

Entry requirements

  • An Honours degree with a classification of 2:2 or above.
  • GCSE English Language, Maths and a Science at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme) or equivalent.
  • If your first language is not English, you will need IELTS 7.0 overall, with no element less than 6.5.
  • If all or part of your qualifications are from outside the UK, we’ll need a UK NARIC statement of comparability.

Other requirements:

  • You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic potential to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.
  • You should provide two references. Where applicants have current or recent experience working with children or young people, one of the referees should be a member of staff who can comment on their potential to train to teach.
  • Offers are subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure checks and applicants must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children. We also ask you to complete a health declaration to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach.

All conditions must be met by 31 August 2020.

The University of Huddersfield seeks and encourages applications from under-represented groups in order to widen participation, improve access and apply the principles of equal opportunities. Applicants with disabilities are under no obligation to declare their disabilities, but the University is committed to making the adjustments necessary to promote positively equality and access for disabled applicants. Applicants are encouraged to identify any special arrangements they may require. General advice and information regarding disability and the support the University can give can be found by visiting the University's Disability Support webpages.

Placements


You’ll undertake a number of compulsory placements as part of your programme, in fact you’ll spend over 120 days in at least two partner schools.

You’ll experience the wider role of a teacher in primary education. You’ll have the support of both a class and senior mentor in schools who will help you to develop your practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials, reports and in-depth lesson evaluations. Your link tutor will visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress.

Our partnership schools are situated across the local area including Kirklees, Calderdale, Oldham, Manchester, Rochdale, Wakefield, Barnsley, Bradford and we’ll endeavour to place you in a convenient location.

I've absolutely loved my first placement! I settled in really quickly, mainly down to the great support network from both my school-based mentor and my university link tutor. I've met some great people on the course meaning I've got a solid network of people to rely on.

George Kettlewell>

George Kettlewell, Moldgreen Community Primary School

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition. 

So while you’re here (and after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance. Find out more about the Service.

*graduates from this subject area went on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. DHLE survey 2015/16

96% graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Education and Professional Development, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:

Student Support Office (iPoint): a one-stop-shop for students, studying within the School. Here you can get help and advice, including checking your timetable, finding a tutor, handing in assessments. We can also refer you to other departments within the University such as, student finance, student services etc.

Academic Skills Tutor: provides guidance about how you can develop your academic skills in order to improve your grades. We provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness. 

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Placements, Employability and Partnerships An enormous part of your learning takes place whilst on placement.  To help you get the best possible experience we operate an extensive professional network giving you the opportunity to access a wide range of high quality placement providers. Our professional network includes links with local authorities, schools, colleges, early years settings, voluntary organisations, youth services and youth offending teams to offer you real-life experience whilst you study. Our placements team offer you help to find your placement and support you through it.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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