Students take all the primary National Curriculum subjects, with the exception of Design and Technology and Geography, through teaching experiences at the University and in partnership schools. Personal, social and health education, together with citizenship, are also featured on the course, with complementary work undertaken in schools. The course aims to equip students to teach across the whole primary age range with an emphasis in either the 5-8 or the 7-11 age range.
Trainees will study the equivalent of four modules at Masters level giving 60 M-Level credits which can be counted towards appropriate Master's Degrees at Brunel and at many other Universities. The modules focus on the core National Curriculum subjects and Special Educational Needs; ICT across Foundation Subjects and General Professional Studies.
Modules (all core)
* Developing Cross-Curricular Approaches
* Investigating Professional Practice
* Learning, Teaching and Assessing the Primary Curriculum
* School Experience
* School Preparation
* QTS Skills Test
Through school-based learning the course also focuses on a range of professional issues relevant to teaching in a primary school. For example, the legal responsibilities of teachers, personal tutoring, working with parents.
In common with all PG Cert / PGCE courses, approximately 50% of the course takes place in schools. School experience includes visits to a link school, serial school experience and two blocks of full-time school experience. The schools where this takes place are all in partnership with Brunel University which gives you as trainees many added benefits. There are two formal teaching placements.
Before beginning the University-based part of the course, you are required to arrange two weeks of structured observation in a primary school.
The primary centre has well-equipped resource bases including study areas, and a computer area where you can become familiar with hardware and software used in schools. We also have our own fully-equipped computer classroom. There is ample library provision, including a special children's library and youth services provision in the local area.
At Brunel we welcome applications fronm students with disabilities. Our Dyslexia and Disability Service has a particularly successful track record of supporting students on the Primary PGCE course.
You are assessed through module assignments and by assessment of the Teaching Practices.
As the PG Cert is a professional course, full attendance is required both in college and during Serial and Block Practices.
In addition to the above, all trainees are required to take and pass the DfES / TDA QTS Skills Tests in English, Mathematics and ICT.
Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status will be made by the Education Examination Board for all those who successfully demonstrate the Standards for QTS as shown in the requirements for University and school-based work; and also successfully pass the required QTS Skills Tests.