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PGCE

Lower Primary with QTS (3-7 year olds)

Location:
Lancaster|School Direct
Duration:
1 year/s
Mode of study:
Full-time
Start date:
September 2014
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Finance:
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Why study with us?

Our PGCE Primary courses are popular and very successful; they get consistently high ratings from students, external examiners, inspectors and employers. They are delivered by highly committed and effective university and workplace-based tutors.

This course is particularly successful at preparing teachers who are reflective, skilful, knowledgeable and caring. You learn the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective teacher, develop as an independent learner and nurture the beliefs, values and self-motivation that you will need throughout your career.

You will have the opportunity to spend over half of the 38-week course working with children. You will spend 48 days at university and 120 days on placement. With four placements in a variety of schools and settings, you will have a wealth of diverse classroom experience to take with you as you embark on your career as a lower primary teacher.

You study two modules at Masters level, reflecting the very high standards achieved by students on this course. On completion of your PGCE, you can seek accreditation (of 40 credits) towards our MA in Education when you return to study later in your career.

What can this course lead to?

This course can lead to a successful career as a lower primary school teacher.

As this is a Post Graduate Certificate in Education it includes some work at Masters level (level 7). This recognises the high levels achieved by students on this programme and rewards this with 40 Masters level credits that can be used to count towards an MA in Education.

Resources and facilities

We have several excellent resources to help you excel in your studies. All students have access to our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment which can provide easy online access to course information, course materials, relevant web links and an online discussion board.

We have a well-stocked library and a Learning Gateway, which offers an interactive, flexible space to study. You can also take advantage of the Library and Student Services (LiSS), which provides learning resources, equipment, student advice, skills training and study space.

Modules

Meeting children’s and young people’s needs within and beyond the curriculum is a level 6 module which enables you to understand the diverse needs of children and factors which contribute to these needs. The module also provides strategies and knowledge of services to facilitate the ability to meet these needs within a mainstream setting.

The Creative and Effective Curriculum is a level 7 module, which you to develop independent strategies for planning and teaching effective learning opportunities, informed by analysis and synthesis of a variety of theoretical frameworks, evidenced in research and literature. You will engage in recognising the tensions and dilemmas associated with the interface between theory and practice and evaluate and reflect upon your planning and practice and the concept of a reflective practitioner.

Reflective Practice is a level 7 module which enables you to consistently develop as a meta-reflective practitioner through the integration of theory and practice.

Pedagogical Excellence in Key Stage 1 is a module designed to build on your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage to provide you with the opportunities to: develop the enthusiasm, confidence, foundation skills and key knowledge to be effective Key Stage 1 teachers.

Early Years Foundation Stage is a module designed to secure your understanding of child development (0-8), including how young children learn and the role of play as a vehicle for learning. It will develop your knowledge of the current curriculum, for children from birth to five, with a particular focus on three to five year olds and develop an understanding of how child development underpins the pedagogy for teaching young children.

Course summary

All modules develop your knowledge and understanding of the three to seven age range. They cover child development, the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1. Other parts of the course involve reflection on and analysis of children as learners, cross-curricular learning and teaching, and innovative teaching approaches.

On placement, each student is supported according to their needs. The academic part of the course allows you to study curriculum, pedagogy and aspects of professional life (including leadership) beyond the statutory requirements. We want you to bring high levels of intellectual enquiry to your practice. Equally importantly, we aim to produce caring professionals who are able, wittingly, to include people and positively influence their learning. The programme is designed to nurture these qualities, increasing your knowledge and awareness of inclusive education, equality of opportunity and recognition of individual need. The clearly defined academic and professional elements of the course interact with each other to make you into an excellent classroom practitioner.

Programme specification

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course. 

Entry requirements

Please see the selection criteria section below.

Credit and UCAS requirements

Credit: 60 credits

Selection criteria

  • Normally a first degree, or its equivalent with a minimum of 2:2 honours.

    If you don’t have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.

  • Three GCSEs at minimum grade C or above to include English Language, Mathematics and Science (including Biology, Chemistry or Physics).

    All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2014.

  • Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2014.

  • A minimum 10 days experience in a mainstream UK Primary school covering Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (five days in each Key Stage) gained within the last two years.

  • A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study

  • The ability to discriminate key ideas and express arguments

  • All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced DBS clearance according to established university procedures

Costs

Click the links below to view information on your study type and residence status. If you are unsure of your status, please see the UKCISA website for more information.

University-based students

Home

The tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year has been set at £9,000.

As a full-time UK student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which you only start to pay back when you are earning over £21,000 a year if you're from England or £15,795 if you're from Scotland. You may also be eligible for a maintenance loan (up to £5,500) and a maintenance grant (up to £3,354). For more information about student loans and grants, visit our student finance page.

National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) bursary

The NCTL awards training bursaries based on subject and the classification of your first degree. For this course, you may be eligible for:

  • £9,000 if you have a first class degree
  • £4,000 if you have a 2.1

If you have exceptional subject knowledge from another career or postgraduate study (ie PhD or Masters), you may be eligible for a higher bursary than your degree classification would otherwise allow. Find out more about the NCTL discretionary bursary.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several support funds available to our current students, including:


EU

The tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year has been set at £9,000.

As a full-time EU student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which you only start to pay back when you are earning over £21,000 a year (or the equivalent in your country). For more information about student loans, visit our student finance page.

National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) bursary

The NCTL awards training bursaries based on subject and the classification of your first degree. For this course, you may be eligible for:

  • £9,000 if you have a first class degree
  • £4,000 if you have a 2.1

If you have exceptional subject knowledge from another career or postgraduate study (ie PhD or Masters), you may be eligible for a higher bursary than your degree classification would otherwise allow. Find out more about the NCTL discretionary bursary.


International

The tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year is £10,800.

Fees are billed annually and may be paid by the student or a sponsor. 75 percent of the annual tuition fees must be paid before or at registration. For students requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, a deposit of £3,500 is expected as a minimum before a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) will be issued. For more information, visit our international student finance page.

Early payment discount

If you are paying your own fees, you may be eligible for an early payment discount of £1,000. This discount is awarded to students who pay in full before registration.

Additional financial support

Our money doctors will be on hand throughout the year to help you manage your money while you’re in the UK. However, if you do happen to run into financial difficulty during your time here, you may be able to access a small emergency support fund.

School Direct students

Salaried

If you have a salaried school direct place, you won't have to pay a penny; your host school will cover your tuition fees in full. You will not be eligible for any additional funding.

School direct salaries are set by the school and should be in line with unqualified teacher pay scales.


Non-salaried

The tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year has been set at £9,000.

As a full-time student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which you only start to pay back when you are earning over £21,000 a year if you're from England or £15,795 if you're from Scotland. You may also be eligible for a maintenance loan (up to £5,500) and a maintenance grant (up to £3,354) if you're a UK student. For more information about student loans and grants, visit our student finance page.


National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) bursary

The NCTL awards training bursaries based on subject and the classification of your first degree. For this course, you may be eligible for:

  • £9,000 if you have a first class degree
  • £4,000 if you have a 2.1

You may receive a 25 percent premium on your bursary if your training is based in a school where more than 35 percent of the pupils are eligible for free school meals.

If you have exceptional subject knowledge from another career or postgraduate study (ie PhD or Masters), you may be eligible for a higher bursary than your degree classification would otherwise allow. Find out more about the NCTL discretionary bursary.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several support funds available to our current students, including:


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