PGCE Primary (specialising in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2)

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Chris Cate, PGCE Primary Graduate

You will be prepared to teach 5-11 year olds, with a specialism in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6). You will be learning across the six years that contain the fulcrum of primary education. You will be working with children as they acquire key skills and gain much more control over their lives as learners.

The programme runs for 38 weeks which includes 120 days of school-based experience in partnership schools, spread across all three terms. You will get experience from two main school placements and teach in two age bands within your chosen age range specialism (one in Key Stage 1 and the other in Key Stage 2). The placements are in contrasting schools to give you a breadth of school-based experience.

The academic component of the course is assessed at Master’s level and you will complete the course with 90 Master’s credits and be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Overview

UCAS Course Code: X100

The PGCE Primary (specialising in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) programme will prepare you to teach pupils in the 5-11 years age range in primary schools. 

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) one year, full-time course leads to a PGCE (Qualified Teacher Status) with 90 Masters level credits. 

On this programme you will be prepared to teach 5-11 year olds, with a specialism in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6). You will be working with children as they acquire key skills and gain much more control over their lives as learners.

You'll benefit from our partnership with a wide range of schools in Norfolk and Suffolk, through either UEA or our School Direct routes. You will follow a general programme of professional studies as well as programmes in teaching core and non-core subjects related to your age range specialism.

In University League Tables, UEA has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 5 for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2005-2017. Overall student satisfaction, English mainstream universities), and we are ranked in the Top 15 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2017).

Programme structure

The programme runs for 38 weeks and includes at least 120 days of school-based experience in partnership schools, spread across all three terms. You will get experience from two main school placements and teach in two age bands within your chosen age range specialism (one in Key Stage 1 and the other in Key Stage 2). The placements are in contrasting schools to give you a breadth of school-based experience. 

You will learn at the University through a range of different teaching methods and group sizes, including lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials. University-based sessions will be held in Norwich, a location which is widely regarded as one of the most attractive and friendly cities in Britain. The campus at the University of East Anglia is set in extensive parkland and the distinctive architecture is nationally acclaimed.

Teaching based at the university employs a range of teaching methods and group sizes, including lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

Open days and events

Throughout the year, we will be hosting Teacher Training open days and events about how you can train to teach, and we will also be attending different events organised by the National College for Teaching and Learning which are held around the country.

Course Modules 2017/8

General Class Teacher

Primary (specialising in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2)

UTT Code: X100
Prepare to become a general class teacher in the age range 5-11 years, with a specialism in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6). The course includes two school placements – one in Key Stage 1 and the other in Key Stage 2. You will be learning across the six years that contain the fulcrum of primary education. You will be working with children as they acquire key skills and gain much more control over their lives as learners.

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject All degree subjects considered.
  • Degree Classification 2:2 or above preferred.
  • Special Entry Requirements Please see below.

Entry Requirement

Degree requirements

Applicants are required to have achieved a good honours degree (preferably class 2:2 and above) or its equivalent* by the beginning of the PGCE programme in September.

GCSE and A Level requirements

Before making your application you must have a GCSE pass at Grade C or its equivalent* in English Language, Mathematics and in a natural Science subject (ie Biology, Chemistry, Physics or a combination of these) regardless of your date of birth. We would also expect to see a good standard of academic attainment at A Level or its equivalent*.

*Please note: It is at the discretion of the individual Initial Teacher Training provider as to whether an appropriate level has been satisfactorily achieved. We therefore strongly urge candidates with equivalent qualifications to check with us that these are acceptable before making their application.

Pre-Application classroom experience

Candidates should also ensure that on their application form they are able to demonstrate that they have gained recent experience, with children of the relevant age range, in the mainstream school environment. Primary applicants should ensure they have gained experience across their chosen age range. For Early Years applicants, it is particularly important to have experience in both Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, due to the curriculum differences. 

It is important for candidates to have an understanding of and reflect on how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place within the classroom prior to interview. It is recommended that candidates gain at least 5 days' observational experience in the classroom environment. Applicants should observe and reflect on how the teacher:

  • Starts the lesson
  • Structures the lesson
  • Makes use of different teaching strategies and styles
  • Involves pupils in the lesson
  • Manages behaviour
  • Works with pupils at different levels of ability and/or specific needs
  • Involves support staff
  • Makes use of technology and other resources
  • Closes the lesson.

There are a number of ways in which you can achieve this:

Contact Your Local School
Try contacting local schools where you live to see if you are able to arrange a time to observe some lessons. You need only to have undertaken observational experience prior to submitting your application. Please note that it is at the discretion of each school as to whether they will allow visitors into their classrooms.

University Career Schemes
Candidates who are currently studying at university may be able to participate in Teaching Schemes organised by the University. For example, UEA offers Discover Teaching. Please contact nextsteps@uea.ac.uk for further information.

Knowledge of the National Curriculum, key contacts and useful links

Applications are considered on an individual basis and being able to demonstrate a strong level of knowledge about the National Curriculum and current issues affecting teaching is advantageous. These educational links will provide you with some useful points of contact to help to get you started!

Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)

PROTECTION OF CHILDRENDisclosure of Criminal Background for Those with Access to Children
All applicants for the PGCE course will be required to obtain an Enhanced Criminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The enhanced disclosure will be used to assess suitability for the programme and information provided may be discussed with the external members of the School's Safeguarding Sub-Committees. Candidates are responsible for payment of the DBS fee. General information about this process can be obtained from the 
Disclosure and Barring Service Website.

Satisfactory Health Check

You will need to demonstrate your fitness to teach by completing an Occupational Health Questionnaire Form.  You will need to return it to the Occupational Health Service at UEA. This will give us information about any special needs you may have, and enable us to assess whether the University and placement areas will be able to provide support. It is therefore, in your interest to provide full answers to the questions.

Students for whom English is a Foreign Language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date. Other tests such as the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English are also accepted by the university. Please check with the Admissions Office for further details including the scores or grades required.

Skills tests

All candidates starting the PGCE are required to pass the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process before starting the course.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

Fees for the PGCE programme will be £9,250 for entry in September 2018.

Maintenance grants (UK Students only)

If you are normally resident in England you may be entitled to receive a Maintenance Grant. All candidates from the UK should contact Student Finance England or tel: 0845 300 5090 for full information on Maintenance Grants.

Living expenses

Approximately £9,135 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.

How to Apply

Making your application

Candidates are required to apply via the UCAS Teacher Training (UCAS). This is the central "clearing house" which deals with all applications for PGCE courses across the country. There is no specified deadline for any of our teacher training courses. However, all candidates are advised to apply as early as possible in the application cycle.

Referees

You are advised to ensure that your referees are available to submit their references immediately upon request (usually electronically via UCAS Teacher Training). Your chosen institution will not receive your application until both referees has submitted their references. Please see the UCAS Teacher Training Referee Guidance for information on selection. NB: Candidates are required to supply an academic referee as their first reference if they have completed their studies in the last 5 years.

Preparing your application

Candidates are encouraged to prepare thoroughly. Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of subject knowledge but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with our PGCE Teacher Training Prospectus and the information available from the Department for Education and related educational establishments. These sources will help you to gain knowledge of the current issues facing teaching, specifically in the subject area for which you are applying. During interview you will be expected to be able to answer questions about these issues, and what has prompted your desire to choose teaching as a career.

Candidates are normally chosen on the basis of their application form, references and an interview.

Equal opportunities

The University of East Anglia operates an equal opportunities admissions policy. We aim to ensure that no applicant receives less favourable consideration on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin or religious belief. More on equal opportunities...
See also: UEA PGCE Equal Opportunities Document

Students with a Disability (including Dyslexia)
The University welcomes students with disabilities and is working towards the provision of an inclusive environment for all its students, staff and visitors. More on disability support...

Further information

To request further information and to be kept up to date with news and events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

PGCE Admissions Office
Email: edu.pgce.admiss@uea.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1603 592855

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

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