University of Exeter

University of Exeter

PGCE Primary Teaching and Learning

Trainees following the Primary Teaching and Learning pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional generalist module based on the Cambridge Primary Review Trust.

This is aimed at those who do not wish to choose a subject pathway, but are instead interested in developing knowledge, understanding and skills in research-inspired primary teaching and learning across the whole 5-11 curriculum.

The course prepares you to become a leader of curriculum innovation. Recent research is used to support the development of a contemporary and critical view of primary education in theory and practice. Practical workshops and seminars make up the taught component, with contributions from school partners.

The module takes its themes from the Cambridge Primary Review Trust which examines multiple facets of primary teaching and learning from both national and international perspectives, offering a contemporary and critical view of primary education in theory and practice.

The programme lasts 36 weeks and consists of University-based studies and school-based work.

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement for this course is a 2:1 or above in their first degree.

We are looking for applicants with an interest in primary education who have the drive to become critically reflective teachers and change agents.

Applicants should ideally have at least two weeks’ experience in a state primary school within the last year.

Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C. Please note that although the NCTL requirement is a grade C, we will generally only consider applicants with a grade B or above in Mathematics and English and a grade C in Science.

Course modules

The programmes have 4 main components:

Primary Educational and Professional Studies (EPSM000)
This module covers fundamental educational issues, which contribute to professional knowledge and understanding. Key areas addressed include race, gender, children's rights and responsibilities, citizenship, inclusion, special needs, behaviour management, and organising for children's learning.

Primary Curriculum Studies (EDUM033)
You are given substantial preparation for teaching the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Arts, Physical Education (PE), Humanities, Music and Modern Languages (ML) through taught sessions combined with self-directed activities based in the University or carried out in school. There is a particular emphasis on the teaching of reading and numeracy to reflect national concerns. ICT is taught  within subjects.

Primary Professional Learning (EDUM034)
The University has excellent working relationships with its partnership schools, all of which have mentors trained by the University who are responsible for students' learning and development. You will initially work in pairs with groups of children, before working independently with the whole class.

Primary Teaching and Learning module
This generalist module is aimed at those who do not wish to choose a subject specialism, but are instead interested in developing knowledge, understanding and skills in research-inspired primary teaching and learning across the whole 5-11 curriculum.

Assessment methods

Through University and school-based assignments. There are no formal exams. Students are also required to pass the Government's numeracy and literacy tests.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 16,900 per Academic year (International) 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
St Luke's Campus Exeter EX1 2LU South West

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