PGCE (Top-Up) Primary/Early Years/Secondary Welcome Pack

Welcome to PGCE (Top-Up) Primary/Early Years/Secondary 2022.

​​We welcome you to the PGCE Top-Up course and look forward to working with all of you over this coming year. This course allows you to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of aspects of education of specific interest to you and to develop your understanding of educational research. While studying on this course you will complete a piece of original research. This course is designed to support your professional development, embedding academic studies in the context of your work. You will enhance your QTS by studying modules at Masters’ level to gain the full PGCE qualification. It will give you a deeper understanding of teaching and learning to enhance your practice and help you on your way to a Masters’ degree if you wish to progress this further. The course is fully online to meet the needs of education professionals looking for the flexibility to study at a distance. The programme leader is Dr Helen Caldwell, who is an associate professor in education with a track record of teaching, research and publications in the field.

Your Programme Leader

Helen Caldwell, Senior Lecturer in Education, Children and Young People

Dr Helen Caldwell

Senior Lecturer in Education (CYF) | Associate Professor (Education)

Supporting you before you begin

Your taught sessions will start in the week beginning 10 October. However, starting in mid-September there are pre-induction sessions. Further messages regarding these will be communicated, so please keep an eye out.


You will not be required to buy any books. There are extensive physical and online libraries that you will find fully cater to your needs. Students are expected to have a laptop. There is no other equipment needed.

Enhancing skills, building networks and engaging in the wider University community

There will be an opportunity to take part in academic conferences online and you will be encouraged to share your own work more widely if you wish. You will be invited to join the Centre for Active Digital Education and participate in their events and seminars.

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