The University of Wolverhampton

PGCEPrimary Education

Why choose this course?

  • It is a one-year course that trains you to teach children from 5-11 years - if successful, you will be recommended to the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for the award of QTS for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), as well as gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which is worth 60 Masters-level credits
  • You focus on the teaching of the National Curriculum for primary schools and specialise in teaching Key Stages 1 and 2
  • It is practically based, with a strong theoretical back up - it will also make you fully aware of recent educational developments such the National Primary Strategy and Every Child Matters
  • Learning is through experience, exploration and research, and is technology supported - you will also be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the course
  • All modules will provide examples of good teaching practice, and you will be expected to actively participate in your own learning and development
  • You will undertake three placements, in two different schools, supported by a school-based tutor and a University tutor

What happens on the course?

  • An Introduction to Foundation Subjects and RE
  • Developing Information and Communication Technology Skills for the Primary School Classroom
  • Primary English
  • Placements in two Primary Schools
  • Primary Maths
  • Primary Professional Studies
  • Primary Science

Why Wolverhampton?

We are one of Britain's largest and most established providers of teacher education. We have recently invested in a new state of the art Education and Teaching Building with teaching rooms fitted with interactive whiteboards, two lecture theatres as well as social learning areas and a coffee shop.

Career path

  • This course enables you to train as a teacher in primary education through a practical and professional approach
  • Following successful completion of this award, you can use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education
  • 88% of primary NQTs in 2012 rated the overall quality of their training as very good or good.

Entry requirements

A UK-recognised Honours Degree, (preferably 2:1 or above) and preferably in a National Curriculum subject.

GCSE grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science) or equivalent (Please be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted, if you unsure please contact our Admissions Department admissions@wlv.ac.uk for clarification). You will be required to provide evidence of your GCSE qualifications and upload these to e:Vision.

At time of submission and you must also have a good level of IT skills.

We recommend that you gain experience prior to your application as this will help to ensure that you can perform confidently at interview. This recent experience should be in a UK mainstream primary school, with exposure to Key Stage One and Key Stage Two and the day-to-day working of primaryteachers, as well as explicit evidence of interaction with primary age children. (Minimum of 20 days in both Key Stages One and Two = 10 days in Key Stage One and 10 days in Key Stage Two –For September 2016 entry, this experience must have taken place since January 2014.)

This experience must be in a mainstream school. Other educational settings, for example, SEN / Nursery / Sure Start / any form of extra-curricular coaching will not contribute towards the 20 days. This experience in other settings will enhance your application.

International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

Audit and Interview

The interview process for PGCE Primary (x100) 2015/2016 will be in two stages.

First Stage: All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to complete a two hours audit. These will provide us with some information about your existing strengths as well as indicate any areas where you need to develop your knowledge and understanding. These are for formative assessment purposes only and are not used as part of the criteria in making a decision regarding an offer of a place on the course. You will have the opportunity to complete a “pre-interview question task” as well as complete an additional audit.

Second Stage: You will engage in a face to face interview; this will provide an opportunity to share your knowledge of the Primary Classroom. All applicants will be informed of the outcome whether they have been successful or not within ten working days.

Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests

Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin in 2015/16 are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course. Further information is available on the Department for Education website.

You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme. Those applicants who satisfy the above entry requirements AND who have passed both tests may be offered an interview before applicants who are still to complete the tests.

Please note that:

Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of subject knowledge but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching.

You will need to complete once you have a Conditional Offer, a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.

We wish you every success with your application.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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Telephone

01902 32 22 22

Email

enquiries@wlv.ac.uk

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