York Saint John University

York St John University

Primary Education (Lower Primary, 3-7)

This programme allows students to gain knowledge and experience of all the subjects taught in the primary school; students start working with schools during the first term of the programme; regular contact allows students to make the connection between theory and practice, and allows practice to be informed by theory; students have experience in a range of schools across their chosen age group including a period in an inner city school; this gives students the confidence and competence to teach in very different school contexts;the programme uses a wide range of learning and teaching approaches; lectures; workshops; seminars; discussions; independent learning tasks; school-based research;at various times students are expected to work both independently and in a group; students are offered professional and personal support by a tutor especially assigned individually and work within a supportive student group; successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree preferably with a class of 2.1 or above; however applications from mature students seeking a career change or students who offer additional teaching related qualifications/ experience or who have a strong background in areas such as music, physical education or information communication technology and have a degree class of 2.2 are considered; candidates must have GCSE passes (or equivalent) in mathematics, English language and a science at grade C or above; A-levels in national curriculum subjects are an advantage; interview; candidates are required to take tests relating to basic literacy, science, information technology and numeracy knowledge.

Course modules

There is a gradual introduction to the task of teaching through a carefully selected programme; 1st, a 2-week initial school-based placement, meant to ensure students have a good basic understanding of the work of the primary school; a serial attachment when students work alongside a class teacher gaining experience of working with individuals and small groups and teaching elements of whole class sessions; then students spend 5 weeks teaching independently but with support from a class teacher aimed to build knowledge and confidence in teaching and managing a whole class; students then move on to spending a short time working alongside teachers in an inner city school, enabling them to understand the opportunities and challenges offered by a culturally diverse context; finally students spend 8 weeks attached to a class gradually taking over the role of the class teacher.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed using a range of methods that draw on the skills students need to be a teacher as well as assessing the students knowledge of teaching and learning in the primary school; these include: written assignments; report writing; presentations; seminars; practical teaching and related professional activity; school experience are assessed by means of the student's placement file (which includes such things as planning; assessment; reflective overviews and evaluations) and their practical teaching.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
York St John University York YO31 7EX Yorkshire and the Humber

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