Primary Education PGCE with QTS

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19, 2020-21)

Start date

2 September 2019

Duration

1 year full-time

UCAS Code

2CZ7

Places available (subject to change)

10

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478249

About the course

If you've got an undergraduate degree and are striving to become a primary school teacher for , 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).

You’ll develop your knowledge of National Curriculum subjects in the primary curriculum with a focus on teaching and learning in Key Stage 1and 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.

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.

Jayne Price profile image for coursefinder - Joint Head of Department Initial Teacher Training

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.

The course is a one year postgraduate certificate in primary education. You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and the full breadth of the National Curriculum. You’ll have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of issues related to inclusion as well as a critical understanding of educational policy. Other themes include how young people learn, behaviour management, assessment, creative and innovative teaching methods and designing learning. You’ll research theories of child development, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in primary education and develop your own educational philosophy.

You’ll learn in small, friendly and supportive groups, designed to give you the confidence to succeed.

Course tutors are very experienced and supportive and you’ll have a personal tutor to support you through your studies. Teaching is through workshops, tutorials and lectures, some with guest speakers, and through group work with other teacher trainees from a variety of subject specialisms as well as specialist subject groups.

Three of the PGCE modules are at Masters level and afterwards you will have the opportunity to continue your studies further to complete a Masters in Education, supporting your NQT year and your early professional development.

Assessment is typically through the completion of a range of classroom activities, written assignments, reports, personal subject audits and the development of portfolios of evidence. There are no formal examinations and the assignments are carefully designed to help you to develop your teaching practice further.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject - this could be a National Curriculum subject or an area relevant to childhood education. If you’ve got an overseas degree, we’ll need a full transcript of your award and details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution.
  • A total of 5 GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications at grade 4 or above, or grade C if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.  These must include English Language, Maths and Science.
  • Offers will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees 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.  
  • You must have passed the skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start the course and we ask you to register for the tests before interview.
  • You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic capabilities to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.
  • You should provide two references. If you are about to graduate or have graduated within the past three years, one referee should be a university or college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability.

These are the usual entry requirements.  We do however encourage those with different or older qualifications to apply as we welcome people from different backgrounds.

All conditions must be met by 31 August 2019.

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. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  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.

*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, 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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