Primary Education (5-11) (QTS) PGCE
The University of Northampton has a long-standing reputation in training creative, dynamic and innovative teachers that transform lives and inspire change for children.
This course is for graduates who are interested in a career in teaching. You will be trained to teach Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (children aged 5 to 11 age range). At the end of the course you will be recommended for QTS, and you will also have studied for 60 credits at Masters’ level.
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You will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that you need to become a dynamic teacher who will be able to make a significant difference to the lives of all children. In doing so, you will demonstrate the professional standards for teaching required by the Department for Education.
If you studied your undergraduate degree with the University of Northampton and are enrolling on to a full-time PGCE Primary QTS 5-11 course in 2020/21 then you will be eligible for the University of Northampton Alumni PGCE Bursary Award*.
This course focuses on the priorities of the KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum and national priorities in education. You will learn how to teach, how to lead and you will develop your subject knowledge to give you confidence and competence in the classroom.
Through this course, you will develop into a highly committed, creative and reflective teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Teaching is a practical skill, so you will spend a substantial part of your course in school-based training placements within our Initial Teacher Training Partnership schools. There are three assessed school-based training placements which will give you experience of a range of educational contexts.
Alongside your placements, there are two Masters’ level modules: Teaching, Learning and Assessment, and Professional Studies. These modules are worth 60 credits at Masters’ level and can contribute to the MA in Education.
*Terms and Conditions apply
Module information is quoted for 20/21 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Placement 1 Primary Education 5-11 (20 Credits)
Module code: ITT3051PStatus: CompulsoryThis module contains one school based placement. This aims to develop students understanding of primary school classes current curriculum structures and relevant pedagogies with particular reference to children aged 5-11. The module is designed to develop an awareness of the skills and attitudes needed for entry to the teaching profession through observation planning teaching and assessment.
Placement 2 Primary Education 5-11 (20 Credits)
Module code: ITT3052PStatus: CompulsoryThis is an assessed placement undertaken by students in one school context. It is designed to support critical reflection on and evaluation of teaching and learning in the key stages for which students are being trained. It is also designed to develop an awareness of the skills and attitudes needed for entry to the teaching profession through practical teaching. The module is designed to enable students to increase their understanding of the role of and the professional responsibilities of a KS1 and KS2 Primary teacher as well as continuing to develop secure subject pedagogical knowledge. Students will develop these skills through a process of observed practice critical reflection and implementation with mentor support. To comply with regulatory requirements this placement must ensure that students are able to demonstrate competence in all Teachers' Standards across KS1 and KS2. It must be completed in the alternate key stage to that in which the Placement 3 will be undertaken.
Placement 3 Primary Education 5-11 (20 Credits)
Module code: ITT3053PStatus: CompulsoryThis is an assessed school or setting based placement undertaken by students in one school context. It is designed to provide opportunities for critical reflection on and evaluation of teaching and learning in the key stages for which students are being trained. It is also designed to further develop a repertoire of skills necessary for entry to the teaching profession through intensive practical teaching experience. The module is designed to enable students to increase their understanding of the role of and the professional responsibilities of a KS1 and KS2 Primary teacher. Students will develop these skills further through a process of observed practice critical reflection and implementation with mentor support. This module will prepare the student for their early career professional development as a Newly Qualified Teacher by identifying suitable targets and support needed in their first teaching post. NB. To comply with regulatory requirements this placement must ensure that students are able to demonstrate competence in all Teachers' Standards across KS1 and KS2. It must be completed in the alternate key stage to that in which the Placement 2 was undertaken.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment (30 Credits)
Module code: ITTM003Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is To develop students' subject knowledge for primary teaching and critical understanding of primary schools? and early years settings? current curriculum structures including teaching learning and assessment approaches.
Professional Studies (30 Credits)
Module code: ITTM004Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?To enhance knowledge and critical understanding of effective professional practice including up to date research national priorities curriculum expectations and professional development in preparation for employment as a primary school teacher.
- Placement 1 Primary Education 5-11 (20 Credits)
You must hold an honours degree from a UK University (or recognised equivalent) and the classification should be a 2:2 or above.
You will need to have GCSE passes at grade C/4 in mathematics, English language and science, or recognised equivalent before the start of the course.*
If you have a GCSE Double Award in science, you must have a grade CC/44 or above.
If you have any questions regarding your qualifications please contact Admissions for advice prior to your application.
You will be interviewed, and you will need to undertake Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and health checks.
*If you are considering taking a GCSE equivalency test, please contact University Admissions for advice before doing so.
It is considered that you will benefit from school experience before the course starts.
Intellectual and academic capabilities
Prior to the award of QTS, providers must assure trainees’ capabilities in English and mathematics. Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure Fundamental English and mathematics, whereas responsibility for assurance lies with the provider.
If you would like more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.
21/22 Tuition Fee
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
20/21 Tuition Fee
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
There will be additional costs for travel to placements, optional visits within modules, and paper based materials for recording and storage of evidence. We provide financial support for your placement travel costs according to the annually reviewed process.
Work experience is integral to this course through school-based placements. You will have the opportunity to work in schools across Northamptonshire and neighbouring counties, giving you the best teaching foundation possible.
We have an extensive School Experience Library which you will have access to. It is made up of resources specifically for trainee teachers, to support you in your placements. You will be able to borrow activities, planning materials, puppets, games and large books for story time, among many other things.
“The quality of training is enhanced by the excellent resources at the University” (Ofsted 2014).
How will I learn?
You will engage in face to face, online and offsite Learning Events which enable you to reflect and act on University and school-based learning. Throughout the course you will be supported in your independent and group learning by a range of expert tutors at university and by trained mentors in school.
How is the course structured?
Your course consists of university and school-based learning. You will be in school for at least 120 days. University based days are normally between 9am and 5pm. School-based days will vary according to the requirements of the school, but general expectations are that you will be in school between 8.15am and 4.30pm.
How am I assessed?
Assessment for this course is continuous. You will complete assignments for your Masters’ level modules, and your teaching, including planning and assessment, will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. Partner schools share the responsibility for assessment during the practical teaching.
Is there a reading list?
The core text is Cremin, T. and Burnett, C. (eds) (2018) Learning to Teach in the Primary School. 4th Ed. Abingdon: Routledge (also available as an eBook).
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Careers and Employability
When you successfully complete this course you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status which is presently nationally recognised as the professional qualification for teachers. You will be assessed in teaching the 5-11 age range, thus giving you access to a primary teaching career.