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PGCE Primary Education (QTS)

Learn about the course below
September 2020
1 year full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Fiona Bailey

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

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 (QTS)* at Middlesex University?

This one-year full time course enables you to meet the national standards for the award of Qualified 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 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 an optional enrichment placement in a SEND school
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module
  • Our degree is accredited by the Teaching Regulation Agency, Department for Education.

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What will you study on the PGCE Primary Education (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 which will provide you with opportunities to teach across the 5-11 age range in Key Stages 1 and 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 will also have the opportunity to do a third placement in a SEN/D school. 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.

Primary with mathematics

If you have an A Level in Mathematics at Grade B (or equivalent) you could be eligible to receive the £6000 bursary for primary with mathematics. With this option, we can offer additional training in mathematics whilst preparing you to teach the full primary curriculum so that you develop a mathematics specialism. Eligible applicants should still apply for the PGCE Primary Education (QTS), and highlight their eligibility in their personal statement. Our most recent OFSTED report (Dec, 2016) highlighted that mathematics is a strength across our primary provision, and that trainees and NQTs develop a secure understanding of complex areas of the mathematics curriculum.

  • 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.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.

Optional modules are not offered on every course. 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.

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  2. International
  3. How to apply
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  2. International
  3. Additional costs

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?

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 (QTS). 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 around 97% of our PGCE graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation. The starting salary of a qualified teacher in inner London is £30,480.

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