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Course Level:Postgraduate
Next Start Date: September 2022
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: Bedford Campus
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
UCAS Code:X100

About the course

Become an inspiring, confident teacher of primary-age children with this PGCE course, designed to give you a secure understanding of primary teaching and learning. You also put theory into practice in the classroom on your placement, as you move towards meeting the requirements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This course offers you training across the 5-11 age range, developing the skills and experience you need to teach core and foundation subjects using a variety of teaching approaches.

You attend subject-specific sessions, lectures and seminars designed to develop awareness and understanding of general professional issues; the content of the National Curriculum; and practical guidance on aspects of teaching such as lesson planning and assessment.

Our partnerships with local schools give you opportunities to put your taught knowledge into practice on placements, where you are supported and trained by experienced primary teachers.

When you successfully complete the course, you achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to work in a primary school as a teacher.

Intermediate qualifications available

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

Why choose this course?

  • Study at our Bedford campus, home to one of the largest education providers in the UK with a long history of teacher education and a largely consistent 100% graduate employment rate
  • Benefit from our well-established links to more than 500 schools across the eastern region, a network that puts us at the forefront of educational developments
  • Hone your skills of critical self-evaluation and gain confidence in analysing your own practical experience during your school placements
  • Engage with relevant research literature and develop the skills of a reflective practitioner
  • Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings while enhancing your own sense of independence
  • On graduating, you can apply for QTS, enabling you to work in a primary education setting, with opportunities for further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels
  • In addition to offering core PGCE places, we work in close partnership with schools and academy trusts to deliver School Direct routes into teaching.

Course Leader - Peter Virnuls

I graduated with a Chemistry degree in 1995. During my ‘sandwich’ degree, I completed an extended 15-month placement researching the use of Ozone to remove pesticides and other organic waste matter from drinking water with a one of the largest water treatment providers in the country. Additionally, as part of my final year dissertation, I undertook a research project exploring the potential of Bentonite Clay to absorb radionuclides leached from radioactive waste repositories.

 
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The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • Evidence Informed Primary Teacher (Level 7) (EDC145-6) Compulsory
  • School Experience 1 - The Primary Teacher (EDC157-6) Compulsory
  • School Experience 2 - The Primary Teacher (EDC160-6) Compulsory
  • The Reflective Primary Teacher (Level 7) (EDC139-6) Compulsory

The assessment strategy is based on the premise that critical evaluation of theoretical perspectives as they apply to your own teaching is an intrinsic element of best teaching practice. Throughout the course, therefore, you will continually be encouraged to explore what is known about teaching and learning, and to demonstrate independence and creativity in evaluating the relevance of that knowledge in your own context. Sound subject knowledge is a fundamental quality of an effective teacher and you will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to on-going development of that knowledge throughout the course. Also key to the course is a focus on the development of research informed teaching, culminating in an extended systematic study of your own practice. By embedding the professional requirements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) within the academic requirements of a Post Graduate Certificate, the course supports you in developing the qualities which define the University of Bedfordshire graduate teacher: an independent, reflective, creative, innovative, collaborative and resilient professional who is committed to on-going personal and professional development. The assessment for this course seeks to support you in developing your understanding of the interplay between theoretical perspectives and practice based experience. You will be developing your skills of research and evaluation, critical thinking, creativity and independence. The themes for your reflective writing are developed from local and national priorities and, therefore, allow you to develop the evidence of your understanding of values and principles underpinning the Teachers Standards (2012), as they apply to your working context. (Superficial statements of performance against the Teachers Standards (2012) oppose the principles which underpin this course and are not accepted.) By building your reflections around these themes, you will generate rich evidence which can contribute to the assessment of your professional performance: the Profile Review Points (PRPs). Hence, the assessment items are intrinsically connected and, in combination, allow you to demonstrate your achievement of all learning outcomes. The Profile Review Point (PRP) is the process by which the mentor (with university training and support) reviews your progress in your teaching practice. The Teachers Standards (2012) provide the framework by which this progress is judged and are supplemented with descriptors which support you in understanding the qualities which define the level at which you meet the standards. The Teachers Standards (2012) descriptors are included in Introducing the Primary School Teacher and The Primary school Teacher units assessment information. Formative use of assessment is embedded throughout the course and is a principle which we would expect you to adopt in your own teaching. You will be supported to become familiar with self- and peer-assessment approaches and to make effective use of feedback on both academic and practice-based aspects of the course, to identify targets for your on-going development and plan actions to address them.

Why the School of Teacher Education?

  • 100% satisfaction with Physical Education (Secondary) NSS 2021
  • Professional expertise in all 4 phases of Teacher Education

PGCE Entry Requirements

  • Normally a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.
  • A standard equivalent to a grade 4 (or GCSE A to C) in the GCSE examinations in English, mathematics and a science subject.
  • To have IELTS with an average score of at least 6.0 if your first language is not English and you do not have GCSE grade (4 (Grade C) in English
  • Meet all safeguarding requirements including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check, Suitability to Train to Teach, Fitness to Practice, and all other safeguarding checks required at the time of application

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

Fees and funding

The PGCE tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250.

You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for PGCE tuition fees.
See www.gov.uk/student-finance
A limited number of bursaries are available for Primary PGCE courses.
See www.gov.uk/teacher-training-funding

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Scholarship Available

The University of Bedfordshire is proud of its alumni and is delighted to offer a tuition fee discount for those who choose to continue or return to the University for on campus Postgraduate level studies.

We offer a 20% discount on full and part-time Masters courses to those who were successful in completing an Honours Degree with the University of Bedfordshire, DMU’s Bedford campus or the University of Luton.

The PGCE tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250.

The PGCE tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £12,900. (International students are not eligible for any extra government funding for the PGCE.)

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and funding


The PGCE tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250.

You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for PGCE tuition fees.
See www.gov.uk/student-finance
A limited number of bursaries are available for Primary PGCE courses.
See www.gov.uk/teacher-training-funding

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Scholarship Available

The University of Bedfordshire is proud of its alumni and is delighted to offer a tuition fee discount for those who choose to continue or return to the University for on campus Postgraduate level studies.

We offer a 20% discount on full and part-time Masters courses to those who were successful in completing an Honours Degree with the University of Bedfordshire, DMU’s Bedford campus or the University of Luton.


The PGCE tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250.


The PGCE tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £12,900. (International students are not eligible for any extra government funding for the PGCE.)

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra costs for this course

You will need to pay up to £55 for the initial Disclosure and Barring Service check plus an annual update charge.

Travel costs

You need to budget for travel costs to your teaching placement. The cost can be from £30 up to £1000 depending on the location of your school placement.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

Extra Costs

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How to Apply

UK students applying for this postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via GOV.UK - Department for Education

European students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as a European student

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


UK students applying for this postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via GOV.UK - Department for Education


European students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as a European student


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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