*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 2018/19 then you will be eligible for the University of Northampton Alumni PGCE Bursary Award. **Terms and Conditions apply
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 five to 11 years. At the end of the course you will be recommended for QTS, allowing you to teach anywhere in the country, and you will also have 60 credits at Masters’ level.
You will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that you need to demonstrate the professional standards for teaching required by the Department for Education and exceed the minimum expectations for each Standard.
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This course focuses on the priorities of the KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum and national priorities. 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 Placements with our partnership schools. During School based days, you are expected to be in school between 8.20am and 4pm. There are three assessed Placements, and the opportunity for a self-organised placement in an alternative setting. This will give you full 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.
Course modules (17/18)
Professional studies (30 credits)
- Module code: ITTM004
- Core module Y
Placement 1, 2 and 3 Primary Education 5-11 (20 credits each)
- Module code: ITT3051P, ITT3052P and ITT3053P
- Core module Y
Teaching, Learning and Assessment (30 credits)
- Module code: ITTM003
- Core module Y
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
To get the most out of your course there are 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 have time for independent and peer assisted learning and you will be taught by a range of expert tutors and mentors.
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 and school based days will vary according to the requirements of the school.
Assessment for this course is continuous. You will complete four assignments for your Master’s level modules, and your teaching (including planning and assessment) will be evaluated against the Teachers’ Standards.
Facilities and Special Features
We have an extensive School Experience Library which you will have access to use. 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).
The core text is Cremin, T. and Arthur, J. (eds) (2014) Learning to Teach in the Primary School. 3rd Ed. Abingdon: Routledge (also available as an eBook).
When you successfully complete this course 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 5-11 age range, thus giving you access to a primary teaching career.
Work experience is integral to this course through school-based Placements. You will have the opportunity to work in a variety of schools across Northamptonshire and neighbouring counties, giving you the best teaching foundation possible.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Please 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 two years) in a mainstream school in Key Stage One or Key Stage Two, which follows the National Curriculum. We recommend gaining experience across both key stages.
You will need to have a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above and these must include Mathematics, English Language and Science. You must have these before applying. You will be interviewed and you will need to undertake Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Disqualification by Association and Health checks.
You must pass the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy prior to enroling on the course. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.