Nottingham Trent University
The PGDE, PGCE and the Professional PGCE are recognised teaching qualifications, but the PGDE and PGCE allow fast track entry to Master's courses; the choice of which qualification to take is made while on the course; the course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to meet the demands of a 1st teaching post in the primary age range (5 to 11 years); students focus on primary education across both key stages, a Teaching Agency requirement which is essential to gain an overview of development and progression throughout the complete primary age phase; there may be an opportunity to place an increased emphasis on either Key Stage 1 (5 to 7 years) or Key Stage 2 (7 to 11 years) during the students school based training; successful completion of the course leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
A good UK Honours degree or equivalent, preferably at a minimum 2.1 which can be related to the Primary National Curriculum. GCSE English, mathematics and science at minimum grade C or equivalent, these must have been gained prior to application. School observation experience is essential. Evidence of a minimum of 10 days actual school experience is required (paid or voluntary) in a Key Stage 1 or 2 class (this must have been within the last 2 years and be completed prior to application).There is also a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB disclosure). Applicants need to undertake an interview as part of the selection process.
Modules include: teaching primary English; teaching primary mathematics; teaching primary science; teaching the wider curriculum; the wider curriculum module encompasses an introduction to the full range of foundation subjects along with religious education (RE) and information communication technology (ICT); the university also offers an introduction to the teaching of primary modern foreign languages for all trainees; school based training is the central element of the course, with about 60 per cent of the time spent in local primary schools; there are 3 block periods of school based training, usually consisting of an extended serial placement during the autumn term, a 6 week period at the beginning of the spring term and a 8 week block at the end of the course.
The taught part of the course involves interactive lectures and seminars; there are no exams, coursework and teaching experience are assessed; trainees undertake focused preparation in the core subjects (mathematics, English and science) and the full range of foundation subjects (history, geography, art, design and technology and physical education); students also receive an induction into citizenship and the teaching of primary modern foreign languages; creative cross curricular approaches to teaching are developed and trainees are supported in strengthening their understanding of their specialist subject as it relates to the primary curriculum.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|PGCE||Full-time||£ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees)||1 years|
|PGCE||Full-time||£ 12,000 per Academic year (overseas fees)||1 years|
|PGCE (professional)||Full-time||£ 3,375 per Academic year (home fees)||1 years|
|PGCE (professional)||Full-time||£ 12,000 per Academic year (overseas fees)||1 years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Clifton Campus||Nottingham||NG11 8NS||East Midlands|
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