School of Education & Social Sciences

PGCE Primary - 3 - 7 Years

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This one-year PGCE  course is focused on the 3-7 year age phase covering the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curricula. The course has been designed so that student-teachers' knowledge and understanding develops to meet the standards set out in the School of Education & Social Sciences document: Qualifying to Teach and thus are eligible to gain the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

All taught course elements are planned to reflect the links between the taught course and the experiences in schools. Teachers from our Partnership Schools contribute to the recruitment process, to the planned and taught elements of the course, and also act as mentors on the teaching practice placements. There is a build-up of responsibility in the classroom that matches the staged course-based training. There is also continuous contact throughout the year with teachers and schools that are in close partnership with the University.

The course programme derives from close study of the child as a developing individual and interactive member of a group. The course places considerable emphasis on developing skills in planning and the assessment of learning, and on the curriculum for the age range. Emphasis is also placed on the quality of the classroom as a stimulating environment designed to accelerate learning and development. Student-teachers will encounter all areas of experience appropriate to Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curricula.

Teaching and learning

There is a variety of teaching and learning strategies, including lectures, tutorials, practical workshops, group teaching experiences and staged teaching practices.


Assessment is continuous, by means of assignments, practical projects, directed study and directed tasks. Successful completion of school experience is also required as part of the assessment process. Course participants must also comply with the requirements of the Standards set out in the DfE document indicated above.

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Initial Teacher Training Primary PGCE (3 - 7 yrs) entry requirements

To apply for the Primary PGCE (3 - 7 yrs)

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