PGCE General Primary with QTS (5 -11 years)

Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted).

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Course code X100

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Course code X100

Key course details

Location Carlisle - Fusehill Street, Lancaster, London, School Direct
Duration Full-time, 1 Year
Start date January 2019 (Lancaster); September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Passionate about helping children to be the very best they can be from the very start of their academic life? Learn to spark their wisdom and trigger their imagination, inspiring them for life by becoming a primary school teacher.

We’ve designed our highly-rated PGCE General Primary with QTS to support your journey all the way from student through to achieving status as a newly-qualified teacher.

You’ll learn through theory and plenty of first-hand experience how to work within the National Curriculum framework and confidently devise and deliver interesting lessons to engage young minds across a broad spectrum of subjects in primary school.

And, because our course has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) built in, you can apply for a position as a primary school teacher the minute you graduate.

 Placement testimonials for 2017/18 students

 “I have enjoyed my time at the University of Cumbria. I have developed massively over the three years and feel like I am a competent and confident teacher. I would recommend the course to other people and look forward to my career, starting in September” BA Hons Primary Education with QTS (3-11 Years) Student (Carlisle Campus)

 “I have had a fantastic time at the University of Cumbria and within the Primary Education course. I feel the learning has truly set me up to be the best teacher that I can be. The lecturers and staff are approachable and supportive and I have no complaints in their practice. Overall, I would truly recommend the course to anyone who is wishing to pursue teaching. Thank you very much for a brilliant three years” BA Hons Primary Education with QTS (3-11 Years) Student (Carlisle Campus)

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Why Choose University of Cumbria

You will work within schools and with pupils continually throughout your studies – on school-embedded learning and placements, not just on block releases.

We do this so that you can immediately put the theory you learn in lectures and seminars into practice, graduating ready to step into a classroom to teach and inspire.

If you want a full university experience, you can choose to study for your PGCE at one of our campuses – Lancaster, Carlisle or London. But, if you’d rather complete your studies closer to home, you can opt for School Direct.

Whichever you choose, you will get more than 50% of your teacher training in a school and experience at least two contrasting school placements, so that you not only get essential experience but can try a particular type of educational setting before committing yourself long-term.

You could even start teaching by week three of the course.

Although, you won’t be dropped in at the deep end. You will start by working with individual groups of pupils in school and gradually build up to the teaching of whole classes to reach the required standard of professional practice.

  • £1000 cash payment and other benefits for January and September 2019 enrolments. Read more
  • Our excellent partnerships with more than 2,000 schools in Lancashire, Cumbria London, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man enhance your placement and job prospects
  • A high number of our students get offered jobs from teaching placements
  • Our course falls in line with the Department for Education (DfE) guidelines, so you can expect to do a minimum of 120 days in schools required for QTS status
  • Academic tutors have worked as teachers and within education and know what it is like to be a professional teacher, so their first-hand experience will support your learning
  • Highly-rated by OFSTED as a provider of successful teachers
  • Tutors are active researchers in education, so your learning will be up-to-date and fresh with the latest thinking, technologies and practices
  • A personal tutor will support you closely throughout your studies and a mentor will guide you during your professional placement
  • Easy access to our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment providing easy online access to course material, as well as our library, well stocked with education books, journals and materials you need for research
  • Free use of teaching resources for use on placements to enhance the lessons you teach

Over the past 100 years, with our founding institutions, St Martin’s College in Lancaster and Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside, we have gained a great track record for inspiring teachers and helping them step into employment.

So, if you would love to share your joy of learning with children, sparking and stimulating their minds, our course is the stepping stone to becoming a qualified teacher.

PGCE Scholarship

Scholarship fund worth up to £2,000

We're offering a PGCE scholarship worth up to £2,000 to alumni of University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster or Salford University.

Graduate destinations

This course can lead to a fulfilling career as a primary teacher, with QTS built-in to enable you to go straight into work.

As this is a PGCE, it includes some work at masters level, leading to 40 credits that can count towards an MA in Education.

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