Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Primary Early Years Initial Teacher Education (3-7)

Students study the foundation curriculum and the core national curriculum at Key Stage 1 (English, mathematics and science), and are particularly equipped to teach the foundation curriculum to pre-school and reception children and Key Stage 1; students also study theory surrounding early childhood learning; early years students have taster courses in the foundation subjects; on this 38-week course, students spend 19 weeks in schools and 19 at the university; the course is designed so that students' experiences in these 2 sites of learning are integrated; in school, students carry out directed tasks that support their learning, and study informs their practice in the classroom; seminars and lectures equip students to meet the standards to teach and assess the core subjects of mathematics, English and science and, with support, the foundation subjects of the national curriculum; students are also offered a subject specialism; students undertake 3 placements: during the 4 week block after the autumn half term, students, who may be placed individually or in pairs, work under the guidance of the class teacher; much of the work is in small groups, although towards the end of the period, students are encouraged to take on responsibility for the whole class; students are formatively assessed during this block; the 3 week block in the spring term has a particular emphasis on collaboration and trainees work in groups of 3 to a class; there is also a curriculum focus on information communications technology; the 7-9 week summer term placement is formally assessed on a pass/fail basis; students are expected to take overall responsibility for the class by the 4th week and have to be able to teach in 2 key stages; successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests.

Entry requirements

2.1 degree or above in psychology, sociology, early childhood studies or equivalent. GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in mathematics, English language and a science. A minimum of 2 weeks recent experience of working in a state primary school. Entry is subject to satisfactory interview to assess professional suitability and subject to successful medical and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance. Applicants must be provisionally registered with the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,225 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

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