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Primary Education, PGCE

Are you looking for a rewarding career where you will be able to impact some of the most crucial years of a child's development? Our PGCE Primary Education is for you.

Our PGCE in Primary Education (postgraduate and professional routes) will enable you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills to teach in primary schools. We have exciting partnerships with schools, focusing in the urban inner-city. You will be able to train in two consecutive age ranges:

  • Foundation + Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 1 + Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 2 (covering ages 7-9 and 9-11).

You will spend at least 24 weeks across two primary schools, which provides the extended experience you need to develop your professional knowledge and skills. There will be further opportunities to engage in a range of specialist schools and educational contexts.

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Department

School of Education

Campus

Avery Hill

Duration

1 years full-time

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Outstanding' in its report for Initial Teacher Education 2016.
  • You engage in core practice and learn the professional values of teaching.
  • You will undertake a minimum of 24 weeks’ comprehensive training in two adjoining age ranges.
  • Voted in the top two universities in London with 96% student satisfaction in 2018 (NSS 2018) and 98% student satisfaction (NSS 2017).

Primary Education, PGCE


Want to find out what studying Primary Education at the University of Greenwich is like? Hear from the course leader, Sarah Smith.

What you will study

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About the course team

Welcome to our PGCE in Primary Education. Your teaching comes from an experienced team of expert staff who are active researchers as well as being trained primary teachers.

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Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should have:

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

How you will learn

Teaching

Studies cover all elements of the National Curriculum. Workshops are interactive, and we encourage you to work collaboratively. They include practical tasks and exploring theoretical perspectives. You also have the opportunity to take an enhancement in an area of personal interest or expertise (e.g.special educational needs).

University study is from 9am-4pm and 8am-4.30pm when on placement within a school.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages 100-110. Students attend all lectures. Teaching groups are 20-25 and personal tutor groups are 15-20.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for course work, presentation and portfolio subject knowledge. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research. You can also join a range of student societies, including Education.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.

Assessment

Assessment methods include essays, portfolios, presentations, and practical teaching in school. 

After being formally assessed against the national statutory requirements, you can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. 

The course provides an opportunity to gain Master's-level credits by submitting appropriate assignments.

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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2020/2021 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Placements: you are expected to pay for your transport to your placements during the year.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

Placements are a core element of teacher training which enable our trainees to put theory into practice in a supportive environment. 

We are extremely lucky to work with a wide range of partners across London, Essex and Kent to support our trainees. We work closely with trainees when deciding on placements to ensure that trainees get the best training possible whilst on our programmes. 

Our strong partnerships ensure our trainees are well supported and have outstanding experiences whilst training with us.

How long is my placement?

You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in a primary school, with extended experience in two schools.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates of this course can pursue a teaching career in primary schools.

Employment rates are outstanding and have consistently been well above national and London averages. In 2017/18, employment rates were better than the sector and London - 96% of our trainees were employed in a teaching position.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

We hold an Employability Fair which is attended by Partnership schools.

More about Careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics.

Support from the department

During the course, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support your studies. Your tutor will be on hand to offer both personal career and academic guidance. Individual support and designated workshops are tailored to meet the needs of each of our individual students in order to ensure high quality outcomes.

Accommodation information

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Not quite what you were looking for?

We've got plenty of other courses for you to choose from. Browse our postgraduate taught prospectus or check our related courses below.

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Visit our teacher training subject page.

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If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.