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PGCE Primary with Science

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

9 months

Start date

SEP

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Sciences Teaching Teaching In Primary Schools

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Our Primary PGCE offers a specialism in science, one of a small number of courses of its kind in the country! You will train to teach in all primary curriculum subjects as well as developing an expertise in primary science, with a view to becoming a Science Subject Leader in the future. Peer teaching and learning is encouraged and there is an emphasis on practical work. There are a number of field trips with opportunities provided for extending your learning in the outdoor environment.

Overview

Trainees following the Primary Science pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional specialist module in primary science. The science specialist module helps you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to teach science in a way which will interest and motivate children. It will prepare you to become a primary science subject leader in the future and improve your employability prospects.

Throughout your Primary PGCE you will receive support from your science and personal tutor.

Learning

We provide unrivalled opportunities for trainees to achieve through our highly original Exeter Teaching Model. The programme runs over three terms with each term providing progressively more school-based work training.

By learning on campus for most of the first term you access the tools to rapidly build professional knowledge to underpin your work in school placements. The taught element is made up of timetabled seminars, lectures and self-directed study. You will be asked to work individually and as part of small and larger groups.

Our unique approach gives you opportunities to learn and become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education, and will support you during your course and beyond. We carry out a detailed skills audit with every trainee so we understand your particular development needs and can personalise elements of training to strengthen the skills you need to excel as a teacher.

During placements Exeter trainees benefit from the focused support of two School-based Tutors: a Principle Tutor who works as an expert partner, and a Mentor who develops and challenges your thinking about teaching in ways that can be used to enhance performance.

You will be supported in developing the full range of teaching skills and effective reflection that you will need in your first teaching post as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

The PGCE is a Masters level programme and once you have achieved QTS, you can continue your studies during your first year of teaching and work towards achieving a Masters in Education.

Modules

The principal aims of the module are to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the background issues and practice of the current teaching of Science in the primary school, and to enable them to meet the Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)

£9,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (overall cost)

£19,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants typically have a 2:1 degree in science or a related science subject degree and one or more A levels in a science or related science subject. While as standard we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information. We advise applicants to gain some school-based experience, or informal experience in, for example, environmental centres, museums, etc., prior to application but this is not essential. We advise all applicants to gain some school-based experience in a state school prior to interview. Although this is not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview. Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C. Please note that although the DfE requirement is a grade C, we will generally only consider applicants with a grade B or above in Mathematics and English and a grade C in Science.