Northumbria University

Northumbria University

Early Years and Primary (flexible)

Successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests; the subjects studied are delivered through web-based modules in 2 distinct parts (1 and 2), supported by the University; information communication technology (ICT) competence and access to a personal computer with a broadband internet facility are essential requirements; following the needs analysis and the successful completion of preliminary academic studies combined with school experience, students have the opportunity to carry out their 1st assessed school placement; (part 1) further extended study follows culminating in a final assessed block school placement; a pass outcome with regard to the evidence students present against the TDA Teaching Standards is required for successful completion of the programme (part 2); students gain a good knowledge and understanding of the Early Years and Primary National Curriculum, whilst obtaining a broad range of experiences; students are expected to demonstrate their ability to work independently as a self motivated distance learner with support from their curriculum and professional tutors on line; there is a compulsory face to face taught weekend in each part of the programme.

Entry requirements

GCSEs in English language, mathematics and a science at grade C or above and a good Honours degree from a UK university (normally at 2.1 or above) or a recognised equivalent qualification; recent experience in mainstream UK schools in the chosen age range is essential; within the previous year, and prior to interview, applicants must have at least 10-15 days of experience in mainstream UK schools in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and/or Key Stage 1/2 which should be clearly described on the application form; any prior experience in supporting the educational opportunities of children in the 3-11 year age range should also be given in detail; candidates should be aware that this is a programme designed for students unable to access traditional ITE programmes who have the skills or experience to be a motivated distance learner; candidates must be in a position to undertake 2 assessed placements in Partnership Schools either in the greater Newcastle area or the London Borough of Newham for 5 weeks (part 1) and 8 weeks (part 2); at interview applicants attend a detailed presentation about the programme and then be expected to make a brief presentation, enter into group discussion and complete written tasks; an individual interview is conducted with a member of the University education staff and a local head teacher; applicants must have a rationale for wishing to undertake a Flexi Programme rather than a full-time PGCE and be prepared to discuss this at interview; any offer of a place is conditional upon satisfactory police clearance and medical report; normally for students whose 1st language is not English evidence of having reached the equivalent of IELTS 6.5, TOEFL (575 paper-based, 90 internet-based), is required before entry; the University also accepts many other English language qualifications.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE (professional) Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Coach Lane Campus Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7XA North East

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Admissions Office
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0191 243 7900