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PGCE Primary - Full-time

Year of entry

This course is designed to support you in gaining a PGCE Primary and achieving the standards to be a Qualified Teacher. It also provides you with an opportunity to gain 60 Masters level credits.

The course will focus on learning and teaching across the primary phase of education through:

  • Exploring how learning links to the development of ourselves as teachers and the pupils with whom we work
  • Harnessing the power of research and professional knowledge as a key part of our own reflective practice and theory buildind
  • Promoting creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning
  • Taking account of the role of education in developing the whole person by modelling a reflective and enquiry-based approach to learning, promoting learning in a broad range of local, national and international contexts and exploring sustainability as a key feature of learning for the present and the future; and by promoting core educational values such as honesty, compassion, integrity and the pursuit of wisdom
  • Promoting equality of opportunity in all learning environments
  • Monitoring, evaluating and assessing the impact of the learning environment on all learners
  • Providing individual support and development for learners based on their individual needs and endeavours to build respectful learning communities.

The programme is aimed at graduates who have a real passion, enthusiasm and commitment towards joining the teaching profession as a primary-phase teacher, and who seek to become the very best teacher and ‘leader of learning’ they can.

The more understanding you bring with you about the nature of teaching and learning in UK primary schools from the early years up to Year 6, and the role of the professional teacher, the better.

On successfully completing your PGCE, as well as pursuing your teaching career and moving into completing your NQT induction, there is also potential for you to engage in further study for a full Masters’ degree and on to a Doctorate in Education.

This course aims to enable you to meet, and exceed, the Teachers’ Standards criteria as set out by the Department for Education and the Teacher Regulations Agency for teaching across the primary phase of education.

The course will not restrict you to a limited age-range for your career. It will support you in meeting the requirement to teach across two consecutive age-phases, and within two different school settings. You will be able to request whether to be based with 3-7, 7-9 or 9-11 age-phase for some professional placements. Similarly, there will be opportunity within the course to apply for a professional placement in a special educational needs school. Please note that all such requests cannot be guaranteed, but they will be taken into consideration when allocating students to placement offers received from schools.

The Faculty of Education enjoys a strong partnership with local primary schools and early years’ settings. They are fully involved in all aspects of the programme, including recruitment and selection, course planning and development, leading support for your progress against the Teachers’ Standards when you are on placement, and grading you against the Teachers’ Standards.

During the PGCE you will study modules on Curriculum and Pedagogy, Contemporary Issues in Education and Researching Teaching and Learning. All learning on the course is designed to complement your work in the classroom and academic study will be informed by and will inform your teaching. 

Following successful completion of this course, the usual next step is to seek employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher and to successfully pass that part of your induction into the teaching profession. From there, your teaching career can take you on to a very rewarding and exciting professional journey involving learning and teaching, leadership and management, research and advisory roles. There is also potential for you to engage in further study for a full Masters' Degree and on to a Doctorate in Education.

You will be taught and supported by a range of academic tutors and professional colleagues from our school partnership. Academic tutors on this programme have also held QTS and have had experience in the classroom. 

This full-time PGCE course will comprise a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops tutorials and self-study, balanced with your periods of professional practice. You can expect to be busy, and it is a full time commitment.

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.

You will be assessed in two main ways, via your three academic assignments and the assessment of your teaching across professional placements.

You will submit three academic assignments for Level 6 or Level 7 credits in each of the three academic modules. A range of different methods of assessment are included to help you to show your knowledge, understanding and skills. These currently comprise a written critical essay-based assignment, a presentation and a digital assignment. 

Professional practice will be formally assessed at the end of each professional placement, or which there are three. Each must be successfully passed in order to progress through the course. At the end of your final placement you will be awarded your final grading against each of the Teachers' Standards.

You can exit the PGCE courses with one of two awards. The Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) is awarded to students who pass all modules (professional and academic) and who gain 40 or 60 Level 7 credits. The Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) is awarded to students who pass all modules (professional and academic) on the programme and with less than 40 Level 7 credits.  All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.  

Fees

2019/20 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 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 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

 

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.

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.

Apply via UCAS Teacher Training from October 2019.

Professional Placement: You should be aware that schools have the right to terminate a professional placement at any time during the course if they believe that pupil learning/progress is being unduly compromised, or with any serious professional conduct and/or safeguarding issues. If that happens, your placement would be deemed an automatic fail. 

Maintaining a good level of professional conduct throughout all aspects of the course is therefore critical for successful completion. (Professional regulations apply to this programme; see the Professional Code of Conduct, Teachers’ Standards, Teacher Regulation Agency). Any serious breaches of professional misconduct would necessarily be referred to a Professional Capability Panel

Philip Fitzpatrick, PGCE Primary

As a child I was inspired by the headmaster in my first primary school to become a teacher, but growing up in boys’ homes and foster care was not conducive to a solid learning environment. So, I joined the Royal Engineers for a career in the military. 

I had always wanted to get back into education, but until completing my degree at 35 years old did it then become possible to think about following my original path. As usual, life took over and bills needed paying so I went back into driving, then at the age 40 I found myself wanting to get out of the rat race and wanting to do something for myself.  

My first career should have been teaching, so with a world of knowledge and understanding I went back to night school to re-sit my GCSEs and gained the grades required to be accepted on the PGCE. 

Teaching was going to be my way of giving back and show children that no matter what life throws at you, you can always move forward in life, even with dyslexia you can achieve great things in life. 

Having spent most of my life in Kent, Christ Church was the most logical option for study. It had all the facilities that a mature student needed to achieve, and the support given while by the staff vindicated my decision. It was the staff that noticed my dyslexia, even though I had grown up just finding ways around it and worked twice as hard on getting my grades. 

The staff guided me through the minefields of the educational system and had the patience with me to adjust from the very male environments I had been used to, to working in an educational environment. I was given the support I needed to succeed. 

I am now a full time school teacher.  

In the spotlight: 

What would you say to anyone thinking about becoming a teacher? 

Do not be scared to do supply work before finding the right school for you, plenty of opportunities arise from supply.  

I completed the second half of my NQT at a three-form entry school, but started my NQT in a small half form school. Only personal circumstances forced me to move schools. Both schools I found through supply, word of your teaching style and the relationship you hold with the children gets around. 

What’s the best thing about teaching? 

The greatest reward from teaching is seeing the unachievable achieved! Every child wants to learn, every child wants to please, by giving every child an opportunity you are setting that child on a road to their future. 

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • 2VBH PGCE Primary

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year - full time

Starts

  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above). English, maths and science at GCSE (Grade C or Grade 4 above, or equivalent). Successful completion of the Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to demonstrate your interest, enthusiasm and commitment to becoming the best teacher you can be.

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