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PGCE - General Primary (5-11 years) with QTS: Inclusion/SEND

Discover our PGCE General Primary course with a specialist pathway in inclusion / SEND. This pathway, alongside our acclaimed General primary programme, provides you with additional specialist knowledge and expertise in the field of working with children with SEND and inclusion. Whilst preparing you for the exciting environment of the mainstream primary classroom, this pathway provides you with additional skills that will allow you to become confident in creating inclusive teaching and learning experiences. In addition, choosing this pathway can also be a step towards a career as a SENCo or a specialist SEND teacher.

*The University of Warwick provides accreditation for the QTS element of this University of Cumbria programme.

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OFSTED Rated 'Good' 2023:

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Course Overview

This specialism allows you to explore ways in which all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, can be included in classrooms and schools. You will learn through a combination of theory, an examination of current policy and practice, including the Children and Families Act (2014) and the SEND Code of Practice 0 to 25 (2015), combined with plenty of practical experience and input from experts in the SEND field.

On this course you will...

  • Develop your personal interest through a specialist pathway.
  • Benefit from high-quality support from our academics and staff on a programme designed around you.
  • Learn from an experienced, highly qualified programme team, working at the forefront of the academic field.
  • Enjoy the intimate feel of our course delivery, with small class sizes and your own personal tutor.
  • Utilise cutting edge research on a newly revalidated and up-to-date course.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

The programme is intentionally designed to scaffold your learning journey in a progressive way from your first day to course completion. This is done through a combination of relevant, detailed and comprehensive contributory modules complemented by qualificatory modules that support the development of effective classroom practice. All modules have been developed to enable you to make strong, meaningful and effective connections between theory, research and practice.


You gain the academic PGCE qualification via successful completion of three masters’ level modules:

  • Beginning Professional Understanding
  • Developing Professional Enquiry
  • Extending Professional Learning

These thought-provoking modules are designed to provide you with an evidence-based foundation to support your development as a teacher. Drawing upon a range of recent, relevant and cutting-edge research, these modules support your understanding of professional decisions teachers make and therefore support you in becoming an excellent teacher.

To support your professional learning, you will engage with modules designed to help develop your professional practice. These will cover subject and pedagogical knowledge of all primary curriculum areas as well as key professional skills and attributes such as planning, behaviour management and adaptive teaching. You will have the chance to work with subject experts.

Year one

Another way in which the programme supports your understanding of the interplay between theory and practice is through the use of ITAPs (Intensive Training and Practice). These expertly designed and focused units of work, support you in knowledge, analysis, enactment, preparation and reflection in key pedagogic areas. The focus of our ITAPs have been chosen and placed strategically into the programme at key points to best develop your learning. The ITAPs focus on ‘Managing Behaviour’, ‘Assessment for Learning’, ‘Adaptive Teaching’, and ‘Structuring Learning and Curriculum Design’.

The ITAPs will involve a range of learning opportunities, including working with selected schools and expert teachers to contextualise your university-based learning and provide you with opportunities to enact the approaches explored.

  • Being a Teacher
  • Cumbria Teacher of Reading
  • Curriculum and Pathway development
  • Curriculum
  • Intensive Training and Practice (ITAP)
  • Understanding Learning

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An Open Day is your opportunity to explore one of 5 campuses, meet your lecturers, and find out how the University of Cumbria could become your new home.

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