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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Normally GCSE passes, grades A to C in English, mathematics and science or equivalent . You must hold the GCSE requirements before applying to this course, plus • a 2.1 degree or above in a subject relevant to the national curriculum or early years education, or an A level in a national curriculum-based subject grade B or above to support this • ideally at least 40 days recent experience (in the past two years) in a primary school. This information must be clearly marked on your application. All applications must show evidence of at least 20 days' previous experience with plans for further experience. In addition to the academic reference on your GTTR form, a reference from a school is essential and you need to bring this to interview.
  • Academic Title
    PGCE Early Years Education
  • Course description
    This course equips those graduates with a good honours degree with the skills needed for the demanding task of teaching in nursery and infant schools. It develops the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm you need to motivate young children’s learning.

    You study the core subjects of • English • mathematics • science • information and communication technology. You also learn the foundation stage subjects and curriculum. As part of the course you gain credit towards a Masters qualification..

    Much of your expertise is built through your school and nursery teaching practice, supported by University-based learning. Your first placement is in Key Stage 1. It begins with an observation week, followed by preparation days, culminating in a five-week block placement.

    The second placement is three weeks in reception, focusing on the transition from the foundation stage to Key Stage 1, including the literacy and numeracy requirements for younger pupils. The final placement focuses on planning, observing, assisting and then teaching in a nursery class.

    We offer the course in partnership with local and regional primary, infant and nursery schools. These play a key role in teaching and assessment, particularly in relation to your professional competence.

    Associated careers

    Successful completion of the course qualifies you to teach in maintained primary, infant and nursery schools in England and Wales. You may also take up posts overseas in teaching and related employment.

    Our primary provision has high quality ratings and our former PGCE students have a high success rate in gaining employment as teachers.

    Course content

    The course is made up of modules which integrate experience in schools and nurseries with professional and curriculum studies.

    Modules are • 3–7 science • 3–7 mathematics • communication, language and literacy in the early years • professional practice • professional studies • wider curriculum studies.

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