Primary Education (Part Time Progression Route)

PGCE 7-14 Years

Year of entry

Do you love your subject, but want the breadth of teaching that primary teaching offers? Do you love working with the primary age range, but also want to develop a specialist subject which will enable you to teach in both primary and secondary schools? If so, then this may be the PGCE course for you.

The PGCE 7­-14 trains teachers to teach in both primary and secondary schools. It will train student teachers to be:

  • Primary subject specialists who can also teach across the curriculum at a time when many primary schools are utilising subject specialists in their timetabling and teaching at Key Stage 2
  • Secondary subject specialists with a sound knowledge of primary practice, matching the direction in which curriculum at Key Stage 3 is travelling
  • Specialists who can teach across the whole age range (e.g. as required in international or independent schools)
  • Understand and manage transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3
  • Flexible enough to move between phases of education.

We believe that the course offers an exciting opportunity for those who qualify to make a unique contribution to the education of children and young people. Indeed, part of the mission of the course is to enable teachers who qualify to ease the transition of pupils between these two stages, and to help policy and practice in both stages come closer together.

This is a one year, full­-time course that aims to enable student teachers to become confident, competent classroom practitioners. The 7-­14 PGCE is ideal for those students who are particularly interested in this particular age group which spans the older years of primary education i.e. 7-­11 and the younger years of secondary education i.e. 11­-14. It is ideal for those who:

  • Have a strong interest in their specialist subject, but also like the idea of working with primary children
  • Are concerned about the smooth transition of pupils from primary to secondary education
  • Are interested in working across this age group such as in innovative state models of schooling; continental or independent schools
  • Want to train as a teacher, but do not want to specialise in a particular phase of education at this stage.

The course has been designed for all students to meet the Teaching Agency (TA) Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

The course runs in partnership with local primary and secondary schools. Students spend 120 days in school as part of this course and 60 days at the University or on University directed tasks.

The PGCE 7­-14 at Canterbury Christ Church University offers the greatest range of specialist subject options for this kind of course in the country. There are nine specialist subject pathways available:  English, Computing, Geography, History, Languages, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education and Science.

All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Subject Pedagogy, Professional Practice and Research and Enquiry in Education. However, all learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study will be informed by and inform practice. PGCE students will be placed in two schools for a mixture of blocked time and serial (e.g. one day a week) time adding up to meet the current Government requirement for a minimum 120 days in school.

The PGCE Secondary (7-14) offers you a wide choice of routes into teaching as it covers a range of ages and subjects.  You can apply for a wide range of teaching posts and other education-based employment.

University time is spent in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Tutors model methods that they would expect students to adopt in school. School placements demand full attendance in school during each day, Monday to Friday, with additional time devoted to assessment and preparation. You will need to make arrangements to ensure you can be in school by 8.15am at the latest.

Across the PGCE year there is the equivalent of 24 weeks spent in school.  Student teachers will learn in a variety of ways in school, including from experienced mentors, through observing others and through experience. There is also a degree of individual support for learning offered in this course provided by mentors in school and the university tutors.

Tutors and mentors who lead the learning on this course are all qualified teachers.

Changes to the professional skills tests

The Government have announced that the Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy will no longer be an entry requirement for applicants to initial teacher training applying to start from September 2020 entry. The tests will be replaced with a new system where trainees will demonstrate competence against a set of fundamental maths and English skills by the end of their training.

At Christ Church we will offer tools for trainees to track their current competence and self-study activities to support trainees in updating any gaps in their knowledge. In order to begin to assist trainees in identifying any gaps, short English and maths activities will be embedded into our interview process.

Students will be assessed in two main ways ­via academic assignments and assessment of their teaching.

Students will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in each curriculum, professional and enhanced studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but students may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to their chosen subject options.

You will need to be committed to becoming the best teacher you can be. You need all the basic requirements for admission to a PGCE:

  • A good honours degree at 2.2 or above, preferably with at least 50% of the degree modules relating to the PGCE subject.  Relevant experience and A Level qualifications will also be considered
  • English, maths and science at GCSE (grade C or above) or equivalent.

Candidates invited for interview need to demonstrate sufficient subject knowledge and be prepared to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course before the start of the course, if appropriate.

In addition to the academic requirements, it would be ideal if you had some recent experience in a primary school as well as a secondary school in a voluntary or work capacity (work with young people in other contexts is also desirable). You will  need to draw on your experiences at interview in order to demonstrate your suitability for this course.

Offers of a place on the course are conditional, subject to successful completion of the Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Apply via UCAS Teacher Training from October 2019.

You can exit the PGCE courses with one of two awards. The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is awarded to those students who gain less than 40 Level 7 credits, but who pass all modules, gaining 100 or 120 Level 6 credits. If you achieve 40 or 60 Level 7 credits and pass all the modules, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.

Fees

2020/21 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £9,250 **£12,430
Part-time N/A N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.  The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding year on year fee increases.  Students studying FULL PGCE courses may be eligible to apply to Student Finance for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan. You can find out more on our fees and funding web pages.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

Bursaries

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. 

You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are accepted on to a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria you will receive information on the bursary prior to your enrolment on the course.

Scholarships

If you have the potential to be an inspirational teacher and are passionate about your subject you could apply for a scholarship to support your training.

Scholarships of up to £28,000 are awarded to the most gifted trainees in a range of areas and in partnership with highly regarded professional subject associations.

Subject scholarships are available in:

  • Physics
  • Computing
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Maths

View the Department of Education’s Get into Teaching pages to see details about the bursaries and scholarships available.

20% PGCE Alumni Discount

Christ Church Alumni are being offered a 20% Alumni Discount on a range of PGCEs starting in 2020-21 if they are fully self-funding their course and are not in receipt of a Department of Education bursary, or professional subject association scholarship. 

Please refer to the terms and conditions on our Teacher Education Funding page

Free DBS Check and Equivalency Tests

If you have an offer of a place to study a PGCE (primary or secondary) in 2020-21, Christ Church will fund your DBS Check and Equivalency Tests. 

Please refer to the terms and conditions on our Teacher Education Funding page

Loans and other funding

With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train.

Visit GOV.UK and use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, e.g. if you’re disabled or have children.

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • 2VQV Art and Design
  • 33D3 Computing
  • XQC3 English
  • XFC8 Geography
  • XVC1 History
  • XGC1 Mathematics
  • XRC1 MFL French
  • XRDC MFL French with German
  • XRDD MFL French with Spanish
  • XRDF MFL German with French
  • 2VSW MFL German with Spanish
  • XRC4 MFL Spanish
  • XRDK MFL Spanish with French
  • 2VTK MFL Spanish with German
  • 2MLQ Music
  • XCC6 Physical Education
  • XVC6 Religious Education
  • XFCA Science

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year full-time

Starts

  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree of at least lower second class (2:2) standard, with 50% of degree modules related to the PGCE subject is preferred. However, candidates with a C or above at A level in the PGCE subject and with other relevant experience in an education setting, will also be considered.

    English, maths and science at GCSE (Grade C or above) or equivalent.

    Successful completion of the Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

    If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

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