Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Primary Initial Teacher Education (5-11)

Students follow the core national curriculum subjects (English, mathematics, science) and have short taster courses in the foundation subjects; they also pursue a short course of study as a subject specialist choosing from 1 of the following: Language development, creative development, child development, knowledge and understanding of the world; within those 4 broad areas of study students may choose to focus on: history, geography, art and design, physical education, music, design and technology and religious education, information communications technology, English, science, mathematics; trainees accepted for a course of primary modern foreign languages (French or Spanish) have additional training, and also engage in a specialist study of language development; the French and Spanish specialisms are part of the primary PGCE and students study the core national curriculum subjects; they then specialise in teaching French or Spanish in the primary school and issues surrounding French or Spanish as part of the primary curriculum; French specialists are partnered with the IUFM, Rouen, Northern France and complete a 4 week placement in Rouen; Spanish specialists are partnered with Malaga University, Spain and complete a similar placement; on this 38-week course, students spend 19 weeks in schools and 19 in the university; seminars and lectures in general professional studies 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, trainees, 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 students work in groups of 3 to a class; there is also a curriculum focus on information communications technology; the 7-9 week placement in the summer term 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; each block school experience is preceded by several serial days of observation and planning; successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests.

Entry requirements

2.1 degree or equivalent. Qualification relevant to the National Curriculum. Degree or A-level; 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).

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on 5 professionally based assignments and the final block school experience.


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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