Postgraduate - taught prospectus

Primary Professional Development, PGCert

Your students never stop learning, so why should you? This Primary Professional Development course is for new and experienced primary teachers.

This course, available as a Postgraduate Certificate (Level 7) and as a Professional Graduate Certificate (Level 6), supports you in your professional development as a teacher. Credits taken at postgraduate level can be transferred to a Master's course such as an MA Education.

We focus on your classroom practice and develop your impact on whole-school improvement. You will develop the ability to synthesise your current experience with new information and create innovative solutions to school-based problems. You'll also learn to evaluate your experience and develop your own personal vision of education, teaching and learning.

Our expert lecturers will help you form positive relationships with children and young people, as well as their careers, tutors and other professionals. Graduates of this course go on to develop their careers in education to middle and senior management opportunities.

Department

Teacher Education

Duration

1 years full-time

Start month

September

UK/international fees

2019/2020 fees

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2020/2021 fees

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2020/2021 fees

What you should know about this course

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Good' in its report for Initial Teacher Education 2016.
  • Our course supports continuing professional development by focusing on improving classroom practice.
  • Whether you are a newly qualified or experienced teacher, we offer a flexible PGCert with the opportunity to transfer Master’s level credits to a Master’s course.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

Welcome to our Primary Professional Development course. Your teaching comes from an experienced team of lecturers. These include academics and practitioners with a wide range of experience. All of our teaching team holds a teaching qualification.

Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should have:

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent qualification.

Candidates must also:

  • Have Qualified Teacher Status and be working in a school (you will need to be working in a classroom/school to gather data for assignments)
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening, although this should already be in place for those working in schools.

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.

How you will learn

Teaching

Teaching will explore the action research cycle, supporting your identification of your own values, practices and possible tensions. 

In the first unit you will focus on a classroom-based action research project. In the second unit you will look at a school improvement priority, again this will be using action research. 

Teaching will take place out of school hours, either at the University or within your own setting.

Class sizes

Information coming soon.

Independent learning

Much of your study will be independent learning as you explore your area of interest. Support from the face-to-face session and access to the academic services at the University will enable you to identify targets to complete between sessions.

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

There will be two action research projects. The topics for study will be individually negotiated with each student and will vary based on the needs of the classroom and the individual school's improvement priority.

Feedback summary

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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

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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2020/2021 fees

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* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

Fees information International fees

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, as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body may incur further costs
  • Field trips: you may need to contribute towards any trips required for your course (estimate, £300).

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Completing this course clearly identifies you as a professional dedicated to enquiry and research. This can be beneficial in seeing promotion or other teaching posts. 

This course is for qualified or newly qualified teachers. Graduates from this course may go on to develop careers in education, from middle to senior management opportunities.

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.

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. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

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