*If you studied your undergraduate degree with the University of Northampton and are enrolling on to a full-time PGCE Primary QTS 5-11 or PGCE Primary QTS 3-7 **course in 2017/18 then you will be eligible for the University of Northampton Alumni PGCE Bursary Award. **Terms and Conditions apply
This programme will develop you into a highly committed, creative and reflective teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will be training to teach children within Key Stage 1 and Early Years Foundation Stage (3-7). On successful completion, you will have achieved 60 credits at Masters’ Level (PGCE) and be recommended for and awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The programme will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding such that you can demonstrate the professional standards for teaching required by the Department for Education and exceed the minimum expectations for each Standard.
You will spend a substantial part of the programme in school-based Placements in our Partnership schools, which will enable you to develop high levels of competence in practical teaching in a range of educational contexts. There are three assessed school-based Placements where you will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and submit a Record of Professional Evidence. You will also have the opportunity for self-organising a Placement in an alternative setting including a special school. You will have a trained mentor in each school-based Placement and a Personal Academic Tutor at the University to support your professional development.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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The programme is structured to promote academic rigour, skilled practice, independence and flexibility. The emphasis in the programme reflects the KS1 national curiculum, Early Years Foundation Stage and national priorities. The programme develops your subject knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and leadership skills so that you can apply this through teaching in KS1 and EYFS classrooms. We work in partnership with schools across Northamptonshire and its neighbouring counties. This enables you to learn in a diverse range of schools. There are also opportunities for placements in Special Educational Needs (SEN) settings.
University Learning Events and three school placements. There are two compulsory modules at Level 7 which are worth 60 credits and can be used to contribute to a full MA in the future. The modules are Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Professional Studies.
Course modules (16/17)
- Module code: ITTM004
- Core module Y
Placement 1, 2 and 3 Primary Education 3-7
- Module code: ITT3048P, ITT3049P and ITT3050P
- Core module Y
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
- Module code: ITTM003
- Core module Y
Module information is quoted for 16/17 currently. The course modules for 17/18 will be confirmed in Spring, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
You are expected to engage with Learning Events through the active use of technological tools in the pre and post face to face sessions and online learning activities. You will be taught how to use technological tools to enhance your learning which you can then use in the classroom. You will be given time for independent and peer assisted learning. You will have a tutor for different subjects and professional studies.
Learning Events comprise of pre and post face to face sessions with tutors for groups or whole cohorts. During the University based days, you are expected to be available between 9-5pm. During School based days, you are expected to be in school between 8.20am and 4pm.
Assessment is continuous. You will engage in four assignments which will contribute towards your M Level Modules. Your teaching, including planning and assessment, is also assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. Partner schools share the responsibility for assessment during the practical teaching.
Facilities and Special Features
You will have access to the School Experience Library. This is an established and extensive set of resources specific for trainee teachers to support your placements and includes activities, big books and planning materials. “The quality of training is enhanced by the excellent resources at the University” (Ofsted 2014).
The core text is Cremin, T. & Arthur, J. (eds) (2014) Learning to Teach in the Primary School. 3rd Ed. Abingdon: Routledge (also available as an eBook).
You will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is nationally recognised as the professional qualification for teachers. You will be assessed in teaching the 3-7 age range, thus giving you access to a teaching career in Key Stage 1 or EYFS.
We work in partnership with schools across Northamptonshire, its neighbouring counties and many schools across the country. This enables you to learn in range of schools. There are also opportunities for placements in Special Educational Needs (SEN) settings.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Provide details in your UCAS application of your experiences in either Key Stage One or Key Stage Two.
You must hold an honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent) and whenever possible the classification should be a 2:1 or First. You will need to provide evidence, usually a school headed letter, of a minimum 10 days experience in a school/setting (within the last 2 years) in a mainstream school in KS1 or EYFS, which follows the National Curriculum, prior to application. We recommend gaining experience across both key stages.
You will need to have a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above and these must include Mathematics, English Language and Science. You must have these before applying. You must be interviewed and we will explore your suitability for teaching including undertaking DBS and Disqualification by Association.
You must pass the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy prior to enrolling on the programme. We will provide support. Please contact email@example.com for advice.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Costs for travel to placements, optional visits within modules, and paper based materials for recording and storage of evidence. The University will provide financial support for travel costs beyond an agreed distance.