PGCE Early Years Education (3-7) With QTS
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Gain the skills and confidence to achieve Qualified Teacher Status and teach children aged 3 - 7 on this highly rated postgraduate course. As well as building knowledge of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) and curriculum, you develop your teaching skills by spending over 120 days on placement.
• Prepare for a career as a teacher in nursery and infant schools.
• Study core subjects needed to teach, including English, mathematics and science.
• Build your confidence and skills with two teaching placements in different settings.
• Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation.
Full-time – one year
Fees – home and EU students
Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information see our fees and funding pages.
2015/16 academic year
Typically £9,000 for the course
Our primary and early years provision has high quality ratings and our former PGCE students have a high success rate in gaining employment as teachers.
For graduates with a good honours degree, this course equips you with the skills needed for the demanding task of teaching 3 - 7 year old children in nursery and infant schools. You develop the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm you need to motivate young children’s learning.
The course awards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and develops the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm you need to motivate young children’s learning.
You study the core subjects of English, mathematics and science for Key Stage 1 and all aspects of the early years foundation stage. As part of the course you gain 60 credits towards a masters qualification.
Much of your development is built through your school-based training, linked by university-based learning. Your first experience is in Key Stage 1. It begins with 16 initial days followed by 7 week assessed placement. The second school based training placement is in a foundation stage setting and is over a longer time period. In total you spend 120 days in school over the year.
We offer the course in partnership with local and regional primary, infant and nursery schools. These play a key role in teaching and assessment, and helping to develop to your professional competence.
Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. When applying through School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the intention that you will be employed by them if you successfully complete the course.
For more information visit www.shu.ac.uk/schooldirect
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.
Your academic work is assessed by written coursework assignments. Your teaching is assessed in schools and by school based mentors. You record evidence of your progress towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in a professional development portfolio.
This course is assessed at masters level and we expect most students to achieve this. However, some students may not attain this level of academic work. These students may be awarded a Professional Certificate in Education, provided they have passed all elements of the course at undergraduate level, and have met all the standards for QTS.
Typically you need~
• GCSE grade C in English and mathematics and science, or equivalent*. You must already hold the GCSE requirements before applying for the course.
• a 2.1 degree or above, or a 2.2 degree plus evidence of wider experience in a UK school or foundation setting
• evidence of at least 15 days recent foundation stage or primary UK school teaching experience with five of these days as continuous teaching (gained in the two years before your application)
You must also QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership
• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.
If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.
View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.
If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.
We welcome applications from people seeking a career change into primary teaching. We actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education to ensure the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of present day UK society.
*GCSE maths and English equivalents
• 12 Level 2 credits from an Access course
• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
*GCSE science equivalents
• 12 Level 2 credits from an Access course
• Science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
• OCR National Level 2 Science
• BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science
International and European entry qualifications
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
The course is made up of modules which integrate experience in schools and nurseries with professional and curriculum studies.
You complete two masters levels modules. One enables you to evaluate and reflect on your own progress as a teacher, and the second enables you to explore a chosen area in more depth in your school or setting and with colleagues in that setting.
The other modules assess your ability against the teacher standards. You are assessed in foundation stage and in Key Stage 1.
Successfully completing the course qualifies you to teach in maintained primary, infant and nursery schools in England and Wales. You may also take up posts overseas in teaching and related employment.