Taught course

PGCE Primary 5-11

Institution
University of Winchester · Faculty of Education
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have completed an Honours degree, with an expected second-class award or above, and have gained GCSE passes at Grade C (Grade 4 if completed from summer 2017 onwards) or above in English language, science and mathematics.

Months of entry

September

Course content

  • Obtain Qualified Teacher Status with Ofsted outstanding-rated initial teacher training
  • Gain practical experience with two school placements
  • Option to include an SEN specialism

Established in 1840 as a teacher training college, the University of Winchester has built on this history with high-quality and innovative teacher education programmes.

PGCE Primary is a postgraduate professional programme of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) leading to the award of either Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with Masters level credits) or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, both including the recommendation of the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Students are prepared to teach across the age ranges 5-11 (full-time or part-time route). The routes are organised around six modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings.

Students undertake studies in all elements of primary education; they extend their knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. These areas of understanding and skill are then applied to classroom practice during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings, dependent on the route being undertaken.

Full-time study is arranged to be consistent with the primary school year and starts with a pre-programme 15 days in school/s arranged by the student. Students are provided with a handbook to guide these pre-programme observations and activities.

The part-time route allows students to learn to teach over a period of two years. The programme experience involves a combination of campus-based taught sessions, distance learning and school-based experience. The school experience placements are completed by students on a full-time basis.

Teaching placements are predominantly in Hampshire primary schools, but this geographical area often extends to Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Surrey. Students also have the opportunity to take one of their placements in East London or the Isle of Wight. Students on the 5-11 route with suitable pre-programme experience may take one placement in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) setting.

All students are allocated a personal tutor to support their progress through the programme. Progress is tracked both academically and in terms of the Teachers' Standards (Department for Education 2012), which are a required part of professional training.

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
course.enquiries@winchester.ac.uk