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PGCE Primary Education with QTS

Train to enthuse and inspire children aged 5-11 through creative teaching on a PGCE where you will experience a variety of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes, choose a research specialism and achieve Qualified Teacher Status.

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    Overview

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    UCAS Code: 2PPM
    Course Length: 1 Year Full-Time
    Start Dates: September 2021
    Subjects: Education and Teaching
    Location: Edge Hill University
    Holy Cross College, Bury

    Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

    Our PGCE Primary Education with QTS programme is a school-based partnership, combining on-campus study at Edge Hill University or Holy Cross College with training in placement schools and settings.

    This PGCE will train you to teach across the 5-11 age range in Key Stages 1 and 2 and achieve the Teachers’ Standards. You will receive a high quality training experience and learn the latest approaches and strategies necessary to fully prepare you for your first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

    During the programme you will study a breadth of subjects, including all of the National Curriculum subjects. Through a focus on evidence-based research, you will investigate one of the following areas further:

    • Computing/Technology Enhanced Learning
    • Creative Arts
    • English
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics
    • Modern Languages
    • Science
    • Special Educational Needs/Disabilities
    • Learning Outside The Classroom

    We strongly recommend an early application as there is high demand for places.

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    In Depth

    What will I study?

    This PGCE consists of three main elements.

    • Academic and Professional Development – gaining knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ, you will develop the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and classroom management. You will also gain an understanding of the education system, consider the wider professional role of a teacher, and learn how to reflect upon and take responsibility for your professional development;
    • Curriculum Subject Knowledge – working with expert tutors, you will acquire essential subject knowledge for the primary National Curriculum. Exploring a range of teaching methods, including the use of ‘new’ technologies, you will be guided in how to provide children with stimulating, imaginative and effective learning experiences;
    • Specialism – you will identify a specific focus of personal interest relevant to current issues, initiatives and discussions within your chosen specialism. You will conduct a literature review and develop proposals for school improvement.

    How will I study?

    A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, together with practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you the knowledge and skills you need to become an excellent teacher. A substantial amount of face-to-face contact time with specialist tutors will be facilitated across all primary National Curriculum subjects. You will be supported by online and distance learning materials and encouraged to develop key skills, including the use of technology, to support your own learning.

    You will also spend a significant amount of time in schools in a variety of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes during the programme. Progressing from teaching small groups with a partner to teaching a full class on your own as you become more confident in the classroom, you will observe outstanding teachers in action and learn from high quality training in schools.

    Undertaking a range of differentiated training experiences closely linked to your individual targets, you will develop your role as a classroom teacher, assuming greater responsibility for the class as you move through the programme.

    How will I be assessed?

    A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against the Professional Standards for QTS.

    You will also complete:

    • Edge Hill subject knowledge audits in English and Mathematics;
    • A Career Entry Development Profile (CEDP) which serves as a bridge between your PGCE programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

    Who will be teaching me?

    You will be taught in University and on professional practice in schools by a range of highly qualified and experienced teachers and tutors who are dedicated to excellence in primary education and who will model high quality practice to enable you to develop your own teaching style.

    A Great Study Environment

    The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for more than 130 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

    Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of Education’s facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology.

    The Faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000 schools and colleges, local authorities and professional associations.

    Modules

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    PGP4100Reflection on Academic and Professional Development (30 credits)

    Reflection on Academic and Professional Development develops your knowledge, understanding and use of reflection as a tool for developing your own practice. The role of a primary school teacher is challenging, complex and ever-changing. This module will enable you to develop as a resilient, reflective, critically analytical, pro-active primary practitioner. You will be supported in developing a range of skills, knowledge and understanding that will assist you in positively impacting on the learning, progress and well-being of the children you work with. The aim is for you to develop a positive attitude to your future continuous professional and academic development and to start to become a practice-based researcher in your own context.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    PGP4101Evidence-based Research and Leadership (30 credits)

    Evidence-based Research and Leadership enables you to develop an identified specialism within the field of Primary Education and begin to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to become a research-informed leader of learning. You will develop the ability to critically ‘consume’ current research, theory and policy documents using research methodology, validity and ethics. Focusing on the critical identification and reading of source material, you will produce a literature review on a specific aspect of your chosen specialism, gain confidence in accessing, evaluating and challenging relevant research findings, synthesise your findings to generate personal principles and perspectives, and apply these to classroom practice.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

    In addition to the above modules, the course features a range of non-modular activities, covering curriculum subject knowledge and professional practice. These activities will support you in the development of the professional skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes encapsulated in the Teachers’ Standards (Department for Education 2014).

    Timetables

    Timetables for your induction week are normally available in August prior to enrolment. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your induction week. While we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

    Disclaimer

    Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

    Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

    Entry Criteria

    Entry Requirements

    When you apply, you are expected to have:

    • A commitment to, and understanding of, primary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher;
    • Suitable presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English.

    Before the programme commences, you must have:

    • A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). No specific subjects are required;
    • GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent);
    • GCSE in Combined Science, Physics, Chemistry or Biology at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent) .

    Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.

    EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

    An academic reference is required for all students who have graduated in the last five years. An interview forms part of the selection process.

    If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

    English Language Requirements

    International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

    If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

    Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    This PGCE is accredited by the Department for Education. Successful completion of the programme will enable you to gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will be well placed to progress into employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) within a primary school.

    Our graduates obtain work in schools across the UK and abroad and we offer excellent support to help you gain your first teaching post. You will have an ability to teach in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 in Primary schools, a strong knowledge of primary education and excellent classroom skills, so that you meet and exceed the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

    You will also have a thorough understanding of how to teach the primary curriculum in creative ways that excite and stimulate children while ensuring that they make good progress. In addition, you will have comprehensive knowledge of your specialist subject and be well placed to take a leadership role in school. Skills in monitoring and managing your own development, together with an ability to reflect on alternative approaches to education, will help you make informed choices and aid your career progression.

    Our proactive Careers service can help you find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.

    Finance

    Tuition Fees

    If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this PGCE in academic year 2021/22, the tuition fee will be £9,250 (subject to final Government approval). Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22 are £13,500. Exemptions apply for EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, who may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

    Financial Support

    Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this PGCE can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

    For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/pgcefinance2021.

    EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).

    Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

    Scholarships

    Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE students.

    These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

    To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

    Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply online through UCAS Teacher Training at www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training.

    Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucasteachertraining to find out more about the application process.

    Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

    Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

    Visit Us

    If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

    Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

    Request a Prospectus

    If you would like to explore our full range of PGCEs before you apply, you can order a PGCE prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/pgceprospectus.

    Get in Touch

    If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

    International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

    Course Changes

    Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

    12th May 2020 - New Study Venue Added

    The course is now available to study based at Holy Cross College, as well as Edge Hill University.

    18th July 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

    Professional Skills Tests have been removed from the entry criteria for September 2020 entry onwards. Details of the replacement for the tests are still to be announced, however they will be benchmarked against a defined set of English and Mathematics skills that students will be expected to have by the end of the course (rather than at the point of entry).

    The Professional Skills Tests remain part of the entry requirements for September 2019 entry in line with Government policy.

    Covid-19 - Primary Education with QTS Essential Information

    Primary Education with QTS Course Statement

    Delivery for the academic year 2020/21 will consist of six hours per week of face-to-face teaching on campus (delivered accumulatively, where appropriate) supported by a minimum of four hours of online learning per week comprising synchronous (seminar, tutorial) and asynchronous (lecture, discussion board, other) learning activities and academic support. This pattern will not apply in weeks when students are engaged in full-time blocks of professional practice or work-based learning experiences.

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    Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

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