Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Primary and Early Years Education (Early Years)

The aim of the course is to enable you to become a reflective, critical and enquiring primary teacher, able to respond flexibly to changing circumstances and to continue to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills throughout your professional life. At the heart of the proposed course is 'the value of the child' and the aim of the course is to give you the skills and understanding to undertake your role in meeting the needs of the child in the classroom. The setting of this course also provides you with the opportunities to understand the urban context and experience working with children from a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds. Whilst the PGCE is an academic qualification, the emphasis is very much on practical experience with approximately two thirds of the course spent in school. We are able to offer applicants a choice of routes: Full-time 3-7 Age Phase - 1 Year Course; Full-time 5-11 Age Phase - 1 Year Course; Part-time 5-11 Age Phase - 2 Year Course. In addition to the age phase options, students on all routes will also be able to opt to take a specialist module in either a National Curriculum Core area, Modern Foreign Languages or another specialism depending on numbers. In addition students on the 3-7 route can opt to take a specialist module in Early Years, this combined pathway of study leads to the PGCE Early Years qualification. All trainees are trained to teach across the range of subjects in the Primary National Curriculum with a strong focus on English and mathematics.

Entry requirements

Applicants will have (or expect to achieve before enrolment) a Bachelor's Honours degree, at Upper 2nd Class level or above from a UK higher education institution or a recognised equivalent in a subject that provides the necessary foundation for work as a primary teacher. Trainees expecting to take a specialist module in a core subject, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) or Early Years must have an appropriate degree or be able to demonstrate equivalent understanding and experience. GCSE at grade C or above (or its equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject is also necessary at the point of application. For entry onto a teaching course from September 2013 candidates should have passed the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please visit the DfE website for further information. It is essential for applicants to have spent time in British state primary schools and have some familiarity with the current National Curriculum before submitting an application. Applicants should provide a 'Seen Teaching Form' signed by a senior member of a primary school or other appropriate state setting as part of the selection process. Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Course modules

School based activities: This well-structured and supervised programme includes blocked time in schools/settings where trainees gain direct teaching experience and work with experienced practitioners in the classroom; school based sessions are undertaken in West Midland primary schools; teaching is graded as pass or fail and by the end of the 2nd practice trainees have gained experience of teaching approximately 80 per cent of the timetable in a supportive and guided context; teaching studies: this comprises a number of modules, often workshop-based, covering professional subject and age-range methodology, as well as general pedagogical skills and all other major educational issues.

Assessment methods

There are assessments on course work, teaching practice and the achievement of The Department for Education for the award of QTS. You will also undertake written assessments and some presentations derived from both faculty-based modules and school experiences. Academic work will need to be of the high standard required of postgraduate level 7 study. Standards for the award of QTS are assessed in a number of ways, including course work, school experience assessments and evidence portfolios.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City North Campus Birmingham B42 2SU West Midlands

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