University of Reading

University of Reading

PGCE Primary Education

Are you looking to qualify to teach children aged 5 to 11? Our Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Primary course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Train at the Institute of Education, the University's teacher training facility, ranked 3rd in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2018). The Institute boasts award-winning tutors and consistently high employment rates and is recognised by Ofsted for "outstanding support and pastoral care." To specialise in a particular subject, area or phase, you can apply to one of our three specialist PGCE Primary pathways: * PGCE Primary with Special Educational Needs * PGCE Primary with Early Years (3-7) * PGCE Primary with Mathematics Specialism On the course you will develop teaching skills and techniques as well as acquire curriculum knowledge and understanding within a broad and relevant theoretical framework. Your teaching responsibilities increase gradually during the year. You will experience inspirational teaching, individualised support and high-quality phonics preparation, and will benefit from strong links between schools and the University. Learning takes place through a series of lectures, practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge. Sessions may include participating in workshop style sessions with your peers; attending presentations by subject experts; working on tasks in groups; having individual tutorials; visits to schools or other education settings; visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest; and writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies. Placements Placements enable you to develop the skills and knowledge valued and desired by employers - you will build your confidence in the classroom and gain practical teaching experience. Placements also provide you with the opportunity to connect with potential employers and build your professional network. We have strong partnerships with over 300 local schools and are renowned for our relationships with these partner schools. Most schools in Berkshire employ at least one graduate of the Institute of Education. Facilities The Institute of Education is based in our historic London Road campus. We have created dedicated spaces for the teaching of specialist subjects such as music, PE, drama, the sciences, ICT, and art, including modern laboratories; musical studios, including an electronic drum kit room and a recording studio; well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practise of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media; and studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk-screen. We also have an incredible collection of teaching and research resources housed in the Learning Hub. Research The Research Excellence Framework (2014), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, placed the Institute of Education in the top quartile of Education departments in the UK. Over 80% of our research publications were rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research on educational policy and practice in first and second language education was judged to be world leading. Careers Our students have excellent employment prospects - in fact many of our trainee teachers are employed before they graduate. The majority of our graduates go into schools and have rewarding teaching careers. Or you could take your educational skills to the worlds of business, culture, art, healthcare, human resources, adult learning and further varied fields.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE: IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent). Entry requirements: You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) plus grade C or above in GCSE mathematics, science and English or equivalent. You will need to demonstrate sufficient understanding of and insight into the role of the teacher, the classroom environment and the processes involved in learning and teaching. In order to show such understanding and insight it may be beneficial to undertake a visit to a maintained primary or Early Years school. You will need to pass the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) skills tests and undertake a criminal record and occupational health check.

Course modules

All trainees follow modules focused on: * the core subjects (English, mathematics and science) * professional studies * the foundation subjects Master's level: * special educational needs * leadership

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Whole course (EU) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Whole course (Wales) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 16,475 per Whole course (International) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Whole course (England) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Whole course (Scotland) 10 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
London Road Campus RG1 5AQ South East

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