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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Primary Education

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  • Objectives
    To enable students to achieve the award of Qualified Teacher Status and to continually develop their teaching throughout their future careers by fostering a strong ethos of reflective practice.
  • Entry requirements
    In addition to a degree, applicants must have a GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics before application. Applicants born after 1 September 1979 must also have grade C or above in a science subject(s) before applying. Applicants need a relevant Alevel, experience in the degree course and/or other relevant professional qualifications or experience in their specialist subject area. In addition, candidates will ideally have GCSE and A-levels across a balanced range of Primary National curriculum subjects. Prospective applicants are strongly advised to go to the School of Education website or the University of Leicester's Institutional Profile on the GTTR website to find detailed explanation of recruitment and selection processes and criteria.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Primary Education
  • Course description
    Primary Education:

    -Lower Primary Education (3-7 years)
    -Upper Primary Education (5-11 years)

    Duration and mode of study

    One year full-time.

    Teaching and assessment methods

    A range of teaching methods is used, including lectures, seminars, workshops and individual directed study, and students spend approximately 18 weeks in school-based placements (in a range of different schools). For most of the year Upper Primary and Lower Primary students are taught together, but with a separate strand of the course running for Lower Primary students to prepare them for teaching in the Foundation Stage. Students are required to opt for a specialist area of study (largely self-study) from a range of options presented early in the course. Students are assessed on all aspects of their work. There are two formally assessed written assignments, but the main form of assessment used is the TDA Standards for QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). Students are expected to take responsibility for the monitoring and recording of their own professional development (supported by a strong Personal Tutoring system)

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