York Saint John University

York St John University

Primary Education (Upper Primary, 5-11)

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, 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.

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 is assessed by means of the student's placement file (which includes such things as planning; assessment; reflective overviews and evaluations) and their practical teaching; the assessment on this programme serves both to determine the academic award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (primary) and to provide secure evidence that students have met the criteria outlined in the current DfES/TA circular for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Qualifications

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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