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PGCE Primary Education (QTS)

Learn about the course below
Code
X100
Start
September 2021
Duration
1 year full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK) *
£14,000 (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Edina Kulenovic

This course is no longer accepting applications for 2020 entry. The next entry is 2021.

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 using a blended learning and teaching approach, combining practical workshops and seminars, 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 (QTS)* at Middlesex University?

This one-year full-time course enables you to meet the Teachers' Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. The course has been designed to include 120 days of school experience across the training year. We have excellent relationships with schools across London and the surrounding area.

You'll gain a thorough understanding of the education system and practical teaching strategies as well as then having the opportunity to apply them. You'll 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 nature of the course allows you to return to University 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 widely published across disciplines such as multilingualism, diversity and childhood development.

Course highlights

  • You will 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 may be able to undertake an optional enrichment placement in a SEND school
  • As a student of this course you will receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on the PGCE Primary Education (QTS)?

The programme is designed to include 120 days of school-based training. The school-based component will provide you with opportunities to teach across the 5-11 age range.

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 might also have the opportunity to do a third placement in a SEN/D school.

The rest of the programme (60 days) is university-based where lectures, seminars and practical workshops will be provided in a blended learning environment.

Modules

We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. Your module information is below.

  • Modules

    • Learning and Teaching : a broad and balanced curriculum (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      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.

    • Primary Professional Development One (School-based) (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      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.

    • Across the curriculum, beyond the classroom (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      To develop well-informed thinking on teacher identity and empowering pedagogies, and to understand how making meaningful connections and interrelationships across the curriculum can enrich and enhance learning and teaching within and across all subjects.

      To critically engage with inclusive practice, utilising a range of teaching and learning approaches, activities and resources that engage all children actively in learning both within and outside the classroom.

      To critically reflect on cultural responsivity and the power of learning beyond the classroom, and to understand that all children must have access to a range of cultural and environmental experiences as an part of their learning and personal development.  Consider how all these aspects contribute to being an effective, influential teacher and learner.

    • Primary Professional Development Two (School-based) (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the PGCE Primary Education (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.

Teaching and learning

If you’re starting university in 2021, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so that we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we’re aiming to teach you through some practically focussed sessions on campus, with the majority of your theoretical teaching and larger lectures delivered online. If you’re unable to make it to campus at first, or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online.

Please note that attending classes on campus and placements are compulsory parts of the course, so if you are unable to attend due personal circumstances, please get in touch with us so we can work with you to resolve your situation.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Support 

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

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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 (QTS) support your career?

We have consistently high employment rates for its teaching programmes and have excellent relationships with schools in north London, Essex and Hertfordshire. 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 (QTS). Teaching is a profession with excellent progression and benefits and our graduates have an excellent reputation within the profession.

The starting salary of a qualified teacher in inner London is £30,480.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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