PGCE Early Years and Primary Education (3-7) with Qualified Teacher Status

Year of Entry 2024/25
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PGCE

Early Years and Primary Education (3-7) with Qualified Teacher Status

Start a rewarding career where you shape the lives of children aged 3-7 – achieving Qualified Teacher Status on this ‘Outstanding’ PGCE course. International applicants must apply before the 12th of April to start this course in September 2024.

 

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 for the course
    International/EU: £17,205 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    1 Year

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Checkmark

    What is the UCAS code?

    X121

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024


Employability

100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 94% in highly skilled employment or further study (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Course summary

  • Study the early years foundation stage (EYFS) and KS1 primary curriculum.
  • Develop your practice through integrated university and school-based training.
  • Gain the skills and creativity you need to design and deliver engaging learning experiences.
  • Develop strong subject expertise with an emphasis on creative and explorative teaching approaches.  
  • Complete placements to gain school-based experience and reflect on your progress.

Our PGCE Early Years and Primary Education (3-7) course with QTS is designed to equip you with the skills required to teach children in Early Years settings and in Key Stage 1. Because we’re rated ‘Outstanding’ for our early years and primary teacher status (Ofsted, 2017), you’ll get the highest standard of teaching. As part of the course, you’ll also gain 60 credits towards a Masters qualification. 


Ofsted outstanding

We are rated Ofsted outstanding for all initial teacher training courses, across all age phases (March 2024).

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What it's like to study a PGCE course

What it's like to study a PGCE course at the Sheffield Hallam University

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. 

We have been rated outstanding by Ofsted across all initial teacher education courses (March 2024). We offer sector leading initial teacher training in early years, primary, secondary and post-16 and we are rated outstanding in all four areas by Ofsted. Inspectors said that ‘trainees across all phases experience an exemplary quality of education and training’ and that our ‘work with partner schools is exceptional’.

A large proportion of your studies will be spent on school-based placements where you will benefit from working alongside skilled practitioners who place value on collaboration, creativity and inclusive practice. 

You’ll join our dynamic community of students, researchers and academics at the Sheffield Institute of Education. We’re one of the UK’s largest providers of teacher training, supporting 1,000 new teachers every year. Specialist tutors and mentors will support your development during school-based training and university-based learning. 

You learn through: 

  • School-based learning 
  • A blended approach to teaching  
  • Collaboration with other students 
  • Research-informed practice 
  • Innovative teaching approaches

Key themes

You’ll have a rich training and teaching experience in the full range of subjects that make up the EYFS and national curriculum. 

You’ll study the core subjects of English, mathematics and science – plus the foundation subjects for Key Stage 1 and all aspects of the early years foundation stage. In particular we’ll emphasise creative and explorative approaches to teaching.  

Course support

We’re a dedicated, qualified and highly experienced teaching team – with world-leading research and recognised professional creative reputations – who take the time to get to know you. 

Throughout your time, you’ll receive personalised a range of dedicated support, such as:

  • Specialist Hallam tutors and school-based mentors
  • Each student will have an Academic Advisor who will see you regularly and support you throughout your PGCE
  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments
  • Career support for up to five years after qualifying

Course leaders and tutors

Sally Hinchliff
Sally Hinchliff
Senior Lecturer Modern Foreign Languages, Primary & Secondary

I took up my post at Sheffield Hallam University in September 2012; having been Head of Modern Foreign Languages in an inner city secondary school for several years. … Read more

Applied learning

You will experience training in a number of settings including two placements, one in early years and one in key stage 1. In total you will have the opportunity to spend a minimum of 120 days in school over the course of your PGCE year.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in: 

  • Teaching in primary and early years schools and settings 
  • International teaching roles 

You could also progress to further study at Masters level.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
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Equipment and facilities

Most of our teaching is conducted in person at our city campus, where you’ll have access to excellent facilities and learning resources. You’ll also be supported by a range of blended learning experiences to further support your studies. 

We’ve investing £250 million in new facilities over the next five years. This means students have access to new, innovative, and flexible spaces to study and relax in, making their student experience even better.

Entry requirements

All students

Normally you need:

• GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics and science, or equivalent. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only, we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English.

• A 2.2 degree or above.

• Complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event and you should present a passport or photo driving license. You can present 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) prior to starting your course.

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.

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.

Selection event

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event and you should present a passport or photo driving license. You can present 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) prior to starting your course.

See our selection event guidance for this course.

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.

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.

Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling you must complete all the professional checks that are required as part of entry for the course:

Suitability Declaration
You must fully declare the following information on the pre-admission suitability declaration form provided during the admissions process:

  • Unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
  • Involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments.
  • Involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations.
  • If you have ever been removed from a teacher training programme as a result of your behaviour, or would have been removed if you had not left the programme.

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • You will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
  • You will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) as part of the DBS application process.
  • If you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining an overseas criminal record check.
  • Where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Academic Administration Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.
  • In addition to this all those who are made an offer of a place will be checked against the DfE children’s barred list.

Occupational Health Screening

You will need to undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge. As part of this assessment you are expected to provide all relevant, truthful and accurate information to ensure a safe environment for yourself and service users.

Other background checks
All applicants that have accepted an offer will also be checked against the prohibition list to ensure you are not:

  • Subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State.
  • Prohibited to teach in another country of the European Economic Area (EEA).

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, please notify the Academic Administration team immediately by emailing tedss@shu.ac.uk.

Additional information for EU/International students

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.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Exploring And Developing Pedagogical Practice In Early Years And/Or Primary Education
Credits 30
Assessment
Professional Practice In Early Years And/Or Primary Education
Credits -
Assessment
Reflecting On Professional Practice And Development In Early Years And/Or Primary Education
Credits 30
Assessment

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £9,250 for the course. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course.

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If you are starting a PGCE you may be entitled to financial support.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Teaching, education and childhood studies courses (PDF, 362.2KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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We are rated Ofsted outstanding for all initial teacher training courses, across all age phases (March 2024).

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