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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 9 months
    Duration

About

At Worcester we were born to teach. The institution was founded in 1947 as a teacher training college with a mission to win the peace through education.

Few sights are as rewarding as that of the curious young mind in pursuit of knowledge, and few careers combine excellent professional prospects with the opportunity to inspire in others a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

At Worcester, our PGCE in primary education is led by experienced academic staff with extensive research profiles, meaning your learning is shaped by those helping to shape education itself. With a range of career-enhancing subject specialisms for you to choose from, and personalised support that is tailored to meet your needs, you have the ideal environment to hone your skills as an inspiring and innovative teacher.

Key features

  • Worcester is one of the country's leading providers of teaching training, with an excellent reputation in this area
  • With 60 credits at Masters level and a strong international reputation, a PGCE is a great career choice
  • Our Pedagogy & Professional Practice element explores wider issues of education and society, enhancing your prospects as a future leader in the profession
  • Our PGCE gives you the option to take the PGCE Primary with Mathematics pathway and to become a Mathematics Specialist - this dual option is provided by only a handful of universities in the country
  • PE specialist is also a unique pathway choice when you apply to Worcester
  • Personalised support package that continues beyond your study and in to the early stages of your career, helping you to identify your development needs and excel as a teach

Employability

There is a high employment rate for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) from the course. Upon successful completion of the PGCE course, you take with you a Career Entry Profile to start the process of your continuing professional development as a teacher.

Programme Structure

You will learn how to:

  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of how children learn and develop in classroom settings;
  • Manage different patterns of organisation and styles of teaching to best support effective learning and provide equality of opportunity for all children;
  • Develop an understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disability through the application of inclusive teaching practices;
  • Develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and teaching competences which will enable you to observe, plan, teach, organise and assess childrens progress and learning across the full range of the Primary and Early Years curriculum subjects;
  • Develop a clear framework for your own professional values and demonstrate a critical and reflective attitude towards your practice;
  • Build on your Undergraduate research skills to become a trainee-researcher by undertaking a small scale school based research project in your Primary Subject Specialism

Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings
  • Studying all areas of learning and teaching across all EYFS and Primary National Curriculum subjects
  • Tutor-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures , primarily to introduce underpinning knowledge, theoretical argument, practical skills, central issues, key texts and inter-professional fields of study;
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading to enable students to identify subject matter that will enhance their understanding and intellectual ability;
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate, to encourage trainees to actively engage with and critically challenge the field
  • Directed studies, Professional Enquiry Tasks, case studies and problem solving tasks provide opportunities to develop approaches that will deepen levels of understanding and professional judgement; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services.

Assessment

In addition to subject assignments, subject profiles and individual subject assessment tasks, you will engage in a range of assessments during school experience, all of which combine as components towards your final award.

You will be involved in assessing your teaching skills and competence as they develop through the use of a Reflective Portfolio to which students, teachers and tutors contribute.

At the end of your course you will be advised about your first year in teaching through the Career Entry and Development Profile, as part of your Continuing Professional Development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 9 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree of 2:2 or above
  • Grade C at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent) passed at the time of application. 5-10 days experience in Primary Schools , Early Years and Nursery settings is desirable, but not essential, as this will help you to ensure that you perform confidently during the interview process
  • Department for Education Professional Skills tests in English and Mathematics must be passed prior to entry. For further details visit the Professional Skills Test page.
  • For Mathematics Specialism a degree /A level in Mathematics

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice by email:AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk.

All applications for PGCE Primary should be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11400 GBP per year and a duration of 9 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 9 months.
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Living costs for Worcester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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