Primary Education (Upper Primary, 5-11) PGCE (professional)

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Qualification type

PGCE (professional)

Subject areas

Teaching In Primary Schools Teaching (General)

Course type


Course summary

The course enables students to achieve the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to continually develop their teaching throughout their future careers by fostering a strong ethos of reflective practice; for most of the year upper primary and lower primary students are taught together, but with a separate strand of the course running for lower primary students to prepare them for teaching in the Foundation Stage; students are able to opt for a specialist area of study from a range of options presented early in the course; 18 weeks spent in schools.

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Full time


1 year

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Professional studies strand: pedagogical understanding and wider professional context. Curriculum strand: mathematics and English and full range of the primary National Curriculum. Specialist studies strand: drama strategies for literacy and cross-curricular work; French; English (cross-curricular issues); history; information communication technology (ICT); learning, teaching and inclusion; mathematics; science and knowledge and understanding of the world; sustainable schools and citizenship education; school placements: all students undertake 3 block teaching placements in 3 different schools, and also visit different schools as part of a series of focus days studying specific subject and professional topics in an intensive school-based context, lower primary 3-7 students work in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage settings.

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Entry requirements

2.1 degree or equivalent; GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in mathematics, English language and a science subject; relevant GCE A level (or equivalent); other relevant professional qualifications or experience in chosen subject specialism; interview.

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University Of Leicester

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