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PGCE Primary Education with QTS

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September 2017
1 year full-time
£9,000 (UK/EU)
£12,500 (INT)
Course leader
Fiona Bailey

Teaching in a primary school is one of the most rewarding careers you can have. You will be working with a team of teachers and other adults to support children (aged 5 to 11) to succeed inside and outside the classroom. The course is taught by expert tutors with extensive experience working in educational settings, ensuring you are well supported to achieve the best results.

Why study PGCE Primary Education with QTS at Middlesex University?

This one-year full time course enables you to meet the national standards for the award of qualifies teacher status. We have excellent relationships with schools across London and the surrounding area and during your studies you'll spend up to 120 days in a school setting.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the education system and practical teaching strategies as well as then having the opportunity to apply them. You will be introduced to further issues and strategies each week, which you will be able to investigate and apply in a practical setting before reflecting on the entire experience. The serial nature of the course allows you to return to University regularly to reflect on your practical application.

The teaching quality and individual support for students on the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programmes at Middlesex consistently produce the highest outcomes and very high employment rates of our trainees who typically gain their first teaching appointments during the courses. You will benefit from the guidance of expert tutors who bring a wealth of professional experience to their teaching, and who are are widely published across disciplines such as multilingualism, diversity and childhood development.

Course highlights

  • You will be encouraged to stay in contact with your tutors, allowing continual mentoring and mutual knowledge exchange
  • The diverse teaching placements enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multi-faith settings and schools in an international, urban environment
  • Many of our graduates have their first teaching post at the schools where they had a placement
  • You can undertake a placement in a SEND school
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

If you're considering applying or have already applied to us, visit the Wiki created by our primary tutors to find out even more about the programme, including the trainees' perspective.

What will you study on the PGCE Primary Education with QTS?

This is an intensive five-day-a-week course, during which you may also have directed work to carry out during the Christmas and Easter holiday periods. You should expect a teacher's normal working day during your school placement.

The school-based component is focused on two placements in different schools. One placement will be in Key Stage 1 and the other in Key Stage 2. Initially, you will assist the class teachers before taking responsibility for the classes for a substantial period in the spring and summer terms. You will be placed in our partnership schools where teachers have been trained to act as mentors to support and assess you. You should expect to spend a total of 120 days in school over the two placements.

During the University-based component of the course you study the subjects of the National Curriculum for the primary age range, with their appropriate pedagogy. You are introduced to the practical aspects of classroom management and explore some wider issues concerning early years and primary education. The course content will reflect current initiatives and developments in education.

  • Modules

    • Learning and Teaching

      This module will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of how children learn and progression in learning, and will develop the pedagogic knowledge, understanding and skills needed to teach Key Stages One and Two of the primary school. Through this module, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Religious Education (RE), Physical Education (PE) and Modern Foreign Languages within the primary school curriculum. The focus for the written assignment for this module is the role of talk in learning and teaching.

    • Professional Studies for School-Based Training 1 and School-Based Training 1

      The purpose of this module is to prepare you for School Based Training 1 and to provide the basis for planning and teaching during your first placement. During School Based Training 1 you are placed in a partnership school in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. Initially, you will observe good practice and work alongside class teachers, and as the placement progresses you are supported to take on increasing responsibility for whole class teaching.

    • Interdisciplinary

      This module will enable you to develop a secure knowledge of the contribution of the foundation subjects to the primary curriculum. You will develop knowledge and understanding of Art, Music, Design Technology, History and Geography within the primary school curriculum, and explore a range of interdisciplinary pedagogies in order to develop a creative outlook and an inspirational, enquiring, adaptable approach to teaching and learning. The focus for the written assignment is the value of creativity and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning through the foundation subjects.

    • Professional Studies for School-Based training 2 and School-Based Training 2

      The purpose of this module is to enable you to prepare for School Based Training 2 and to provide the basis for planning and teaching during your final placement. During School Based Training 2 you are placed in a partnership school in a contrasting setting and in a different Key Stage you experienced in School Based Training 1. During School Based Training 2 you will be expected to take on substantial responsibility for whole class teaching.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the PGCE Primary Education with QTS assessed?

All University-based modules are assessed by coursework. School-based modules are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Each module is assessed on a pass/fail basis. All modules are compulsory and must be passed. You do not have an automatic right to reassessment for the school-based modules.

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  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

Successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status, allowing you to work in any state school in England. This means the course is professionally recognised for being of the highest quality, focused on developing the knowledge and skills that schools require.

How can the PGCE Primary Education with QTS support your career?

Middlesex University has consistently high employment rates for its teaching programmes. We have excellent relationships with schools in north London, Essex and Hertfordshire and many of our graduates start their first teaching post at the school where they completed a placement during the programme.

Our course gives you qualified teacher status. Teaching is a profession with excellent progression and benefits and our graduates have an excellent reputation within the profession. Our employment rates are extremely high with 93% of our PGCE graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation, earning an average starting salary of £26,000.

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