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Start Dates: Sep
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 1 Year
UCAS Code:X100
Campus Location: Bedford Campus

About the course

Develop a variety of teaching approaches to become an effective and confident teacher of children in Primary Education.

Partnerships with local schools give you opportunities to put theory into practice on placements, supported by experienced teachers and academic staff as you develop the knowledge and skills to meet the national requirements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

  • Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an inspiring teacher of young children, able to draw on secure understanding of theories about Primary teaching and learning - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings
  • Explore your understanding of teaching and learning, supported by experienced Primary teachers, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning teaching and developing curricula; honing your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement planning
  • Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence
  • Gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice
  • Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a Primary Education setting, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.

The University's Bedford campus is home to one of the largest education providers in the UK. In addition to offering University of Bedfordshire core PGCE places we work in close partnership schools and academy trusts to deliver School Direct routes into teaching.

The quality of our provision is based on a long and established history of teacher education. We boast an impressive record for training teachers, and enjoy, in many cases, a 100 per cent graduate employment rate.

You will be trained across the 5-11 age range developing the skills and experience necessary to teach core and foundation subjects in a variety of ways. You will 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 issues such as lesson planning and assessment. You will also engage with relevant research literature and develop the skills of a reflective practitioner.

Our well-established links with more than 500 schools across the Eastern Region means that we also share their expertise with you.

We also run PGCE Primary Early Years 3-7. Details at the bottom of this page.


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. Your course consists of four units. These are:- - Introducing the Primary School Teacher - The Primary School Teacher - The Reflective Primary Teacher - The Research Informed Primary Teacher This PGCE requires you to pass all four units in order to be recommended for QTS. The webfolio is the medium through which you will manage the range of evidence accumulated during the course. You will be supported to develop a structured system which enables you to: organise your work to meet the requirements of the course; share your work with your tutor; receive regular feedback intended to guide you to improve; adapt your work in response to the feedback; maintain effective cross-referencing to related documents; and access course information with ease. The majority of your assessment work will be managed and presented by giving tutor access to your webfolio. Engagement with published research is a fundamental aspect of the course and you will be supported in developing skills of critical analysis of the literature. Rigorous attention to referencing conventions is, therefore, essential and you will be required to adopt the Harvard system of referencing. You will be supported in developing your understanding of plagiarism and in the use of Turnitin as a means of ensuring that referencing requirements are satisfied. The Teachers Standards 2012 publication is available at https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DFE-00066-2011 (accessed 07/03/2016)

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 2020/21 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

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

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 2020/21 is £9,250.

The PGCE tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £12,650. (International students are not eligible for any extra government funding for the PGCE.)

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

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 2020/21 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

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

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 2020/21 is £9,250.


The PGCE tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £12,650. (International students are not eligible for any extra government funding for the PGCE.)

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

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 £44 for the initial Disclosure and Barring Service check plus an annual update charge of £13.

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.

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


Why choose this course?

  • Develop as a creative, innovative and reflective teacher, specialising in working with the youngest children in primary schools (aged 3-7)
  • Through specialist placement in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, you will explore your understanding of teaching and learning, supported by experienced Early Years and Primary teachers. 
  • Develop the ability to critically position your early years and primary teaching iwthin a body of evidence and literature so that you are emersed in evidence informed teaching
  • Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a Primary Education setting, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.
  • Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence