Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Initial Teacher Training - Primary Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 (QTS PGDE)

Our emphasis is on developing teachers who will examine, analyse, research and reflect on their practice to provide the very best and most appropriate learning opportunities for all children. By completing Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 placements, in different settings and socio-economic contexts, you will gain a greater understanding of Early Years teaching and learning. The course has a strong commitment to outdoor learning. We have links with Forest School practitioners and strive to enable all trainees to experience this aspect of Early Years practice.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:1 degree (or recognised equivalent). Strong applicants with a 2:2 will be considered if they have significant school experience prior to application
  • a demonstrable interest in and enthusiasm for teaching within the primary age range. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the curriculum, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in an educational setting engaging with children within the appropriate age range is required prior to interview
  • GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade 4/C (or above) or equivalent qualifications – level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable

Additional information:

  • RPL is not accepted on this programme 
  • IELTS score 7.0 (Minimum 6.5 in each component)
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection event 
  • If you accept a formal offer from LJMU you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children

You are required by the Department for Education to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found on the Get into Teaching website

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Course modules

You will learn via lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, group discussion and reflection, problem solving and micro-teaching. You will also make use of our online learning environment. 

You will be allocated a Teacher Mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your Mentor will be supported by your LJMU Tutor who will visit your school several times to monitor your progress. Additional professional development sessions are organised in school during placements.  

Tutorial support is an important part of the LJMU learning process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve your potential. Your Personal Tutor will support your academic and professional development and will meet with you formally during the year.

Applied learning

You will spend 120 days spent on school placement.

Placements are organised in our partnership schools in the Greater Merseyside area. For the majority of the training you will gain your teaching experience in a 'Home School' with a six week placement in an 'alternative' school after Christmas. 

School-based training involves the preparation and delivery of learning sequences and lessons to small groups and whole classes of learners, with expectations and workload increasing during the course. This work is supported by a Teacher-Mentor who will enhance your professional learning experience in school.

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods include: critical reflections on research and practice, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences, presentations and a portfolio of professional activities.

You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and maintain a professional development portfolio.

A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ standards required will be based on observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year () Months

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