PGCE Lower Primary with QTS (3-7 year olds)

Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)

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Duration Full-time, 1 Year
Start date September 2020
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Skills Tests no longer required

Would you love to ignite the enthusiasm and inspire young children from the minute they step foot into the nursery or classroom and embark on their educational life? You can as a Key Stage 1 teacher you will teach children aged 3-7.

We’ve designed our highly-rated PGCE Lower Primary with QTS to support your journey all the way from being a student through to achieving status as a newly-qualified teacher.

You will learn all the knowledge required to teach of PGCE General Primary but with a specialist pathway in lower primary, so that you can hone your pedagogy in this area to become an expert member of staff in school, skilled at developing effective teaching and learning in this age group.

You’ll learn through theory and plenty of first-hand experience how to work within the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage framework and confidently devise and deliver interesting lessons to engage young minds across a broad spectrum of subjects in primary school.

And, because our course has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) built-in, you can apply for a position as a primary school teacher the minute you graduate.

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Your Career with a PGCE Teaching Qualification

his course can lead to a fulfilling career as a Foundation and Key Stage 1 teacher. Nine out of 10 of our graduates go into a professional teaching career or further education within six months of graduating. 

As this is a PGCE, it also includes some work at masters level, leading to 60 credits that can count towards an MA in Education.

 

Student Reviews

“Life is good at the Lancaster campus, it’s small, and you’re always bumping into people from your course, including tutors, so you build good friendships, which makes it easy for a mature student like myself." Steafan Deery, PGCE Primary with PE Specialism Graduate. 

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“I really enjoyed the course. It was very manageable with the three block placements, putting into practice everything we’d learnt, and provided time to go to classes in between. Class sizes were perfect and friendly. Our group was very welcoming to one another." Emily Thompson, PGCE Primary Graduate. 

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PGCE Scholarship

Scholarship fund worth up to £2,000

We're offering a PGCE scholarship worth up to £2,000 to alumni of University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster or Salford University.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

You will work within schools and with pupils continually throughout your studies – on school-embedded learning and placements, not just on block releases.

We do this so that you can immediately put the theory you learn in lectures and seminars into practice, graduating ready to step into a classroom to teach and inspire.

If you want a full university experience, you can choose to study for your PGCE at one of our campuses – Lancaster, Carlisle or London.  But, if you’d rather complete your studies closer to home, you can opt for School Direct.

Whichever you choose, you will get more than 50% of your teacher training in a school and experience at least two contrasting school placements, so that you not only get essential experience but can try a particular type of educational setting before committing yourself long-term.

You could even start teaching by week three of the course.

Although, you won’t be dropped in at the deep end. You will start by working with individual groups of pupils in school and gradually build up to the teaching of whole classes to reach the required standard of professional practice.

  • £1,000 cash payment and accommodation scholarship for UCLAN, Lancaster University, University of Salford and Queen Mary University of London graduates wanting to enrol on one of our campus-based teacher training programmes. More information here.
  • Benefit from the Department for Education's primary teaching bursaries and scholarships.
  • Our excellent partnerships with more than 2,000 schools in Lancashire, Cumbria London, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man enhance your placement and job prospects
  • A high number of our students get offered jobs from teaching placements
  • Our course falls in line with the Department for Education (DfE) guidelines, so you can expect to do a minimum of 120 days in schools required for QTS status
  • Academic tutors have worked as teachers and within education and know what it is like to be a professional teacher, so their first-hand experience will support your learning
  • Highly-rated by OFSTED as a provider of successful teachers
  • Tutors are active researchers in education, so your learning will be at the forefront of the freshest thinking, technologies and practices
  • A personal tutor will support you closely throughout your studies and a mentor will guide you during your professional placement
  • Easy access to our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment providing easy online access to course material, as well as our library, well stocked with education books, journals and materials you need for research
  • An outdoor classroom giving you first-hand experience of planning, teaching, assessing and learning– an essential part of all Early Year’s settings and primary schools
  • Free use of teaching resources for use on placements to enhance the lessons you teach

Over the past 100 years, with our founding institutions, St Martin’s College in Lancaster and Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside, we have gained a great track record for inspiring teachers and helping them step into employment.

So, if you would love to share your joy of learning with children aged 3-7, sparking and stimulating their minds, our course is the stepping stone to becoming a qualified teacher.

News and Events

New term for tomorrow’s teachers

Posted: 11 Sep 2020

Aspiring teachers have started their studies with University of Cumbria. In line with latest coronavirus guidance, many of the mature students are enjoying face-to-face sessions with tutors on campus while the university’s annual induction programme for them has moved largely online Reflecting a national upturn, it comes as University of Cumbria has witnessed an increase of almost 14 per cent in the number of teacher training applications it has received so far this year.

Student special educational needs teachers help others Covid19 pandemic

Posted: 22 Jul 2020

When student teachers in Lancashire were forced to cancel a key conference about inclusion that they had spent months planning they made sure their efforts to help others were not thwarted by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, items and funds raised by University of Cumbria students on a four-year BA Hons Primary Education with QTS in Inclusion/SEND (special educational needs) course have been given to a local foodbank and disability swimming club.

Student Story: How and Why I Changed Career to Becoming a Teacher

Posted: 10 Jul 2020

"I have always wanted to work with young children and after having been turned down for a number of teaching assistant positions over the years I thought I would grab the bull by the horns and go for my PGCE, and I am really glad I have."

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