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The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) one year, full-time course leads to a PGCE (Qualified Teacher Status) with 90 Masters level credits.
The programme runs for 38 weeks and includes at least 120 days on placement in schools and 70 days spent at the University. We work in partnership with nursery, infant, junior, primary, first and middle schools across Norfolk and Suffolk. The course is available through both UEA and our School Direct partners.
The programme prepares students to teach in the age bands 3-7 or 5-11 years. Students follow programmes in teaching core and non-core subjects, relevant to their age ranges.
In University League Tables, UEA has been consistently ranked as one of the top universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015), and we are ranked in the Top 15 in The Guardian University Guide (2015) and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2015).
Work based in schools is spread across all three terms with final teaching placements in the spring and summer terms.
University-based sessions will be held in Norwich, a location which is widely regarded as one of the most attractive and friendly cities in Britain. The campus at the University of East Anglia is set in extensive parkland and the distinctive architecture is nationally acclaimed.
Teaching based at the university employs a range of teaching methods and group sizes, including lectures, seminars and practical workshops.
Applicants will be required to indicate the preferred stage they will be applying to study within the overall programme. Please see the Course Profile tab for further details about the stage options available.
Open days and events
Throughout the year, we will be hosting Teacher Training open days and events about how you can train to teach, and we will also be attending different events organised by the National College for Teaching and Learning which are held around the country.
The School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the top teacher training institutions in the United Kingdom.
Our PGCE Teacher Training Programmes have been developed in close partnership with schools across Norfolk and Suffolk. We will provide you with the academic, professional and personal skills and competencies needed to enable you to achieve the best from your future pupils.
As a centre renowned for excellence in initial teacher education we have over 20 years of experience in training teachers. Our Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning have been consistently endorsed for their high quality (see independent OFSTED reports). Comparative quality indicators can also be viewed as published by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:
PGCE Admissions Team
telephone: +44 (0)1603 592855
Open days and events
Throughout the year, we will be hosting Teaching Training open days and events about how you can train to teach, and we will also be attending different events organised by the National College for Teaching and Learning which are held around the country.
International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.
Applicants will be required to indicate the preferred stage they will be applying to study within the overall programme. The following options are available:
General Class Teacher
There are three programmes preparing the student to be a general class teacher in different age ranges and key stage specialisms:
UTT Code: X110
Specialising in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
This programme prepares students to teach 3-7 year olds, with a specialism in the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and includes two school placements, one in Foundation Stage and one in Key Stage 1. This is a crucial stage of children’s education which, as the name implies, lays the foundation for everything which follows. Teaching in this phase is both fascinating and intellectually demanding.
UTT Code: X100
Specialising in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Prepare to become a general class teacher in the age range 5-11 years, with a specialism in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6). The course includes two school placements – one in Key Stage 1 and the other in Key Stage 2. You will be learning across the six years that contain the fulcrum of primary education. You will be working with children as they acquire key skills and gain much more control over their lives as learners.
UTT Code: X171
Specialising in Key Stage 2
Prepare to become a general class teacher in the age range 5-11 years, with a specialism in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6). You will undertake two school placements, one in Lower Key Stage 2 and the other in Upper Key Stage 2. Children in Key Stage 2 become part of a community of learners and show the capacity to make a contribution to society. You’ll be working with children as their enthusiasm really comes to the surface and reveals the individuals they are likely to become.
General Class Teacher with Primary Languages
Study the PGCE Primary X171 course with an added language focus. There are three options (see below) for you to become a general class teacher in the age range 5-11 years, with a specialism in teaching foreign languages in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6). You will undertake two placements – one in Lower Key Stage 2 and one in Upper Key Stage 2. In at least one of your school placements, you will practise and enhance your language teaching skills as well as gain general class teaching experience:
UTT Code: XR11
Primary Modern Language (French)
UTT Code: XR21
Primary Modern Language (German)
UTT Code: XR41
Primary Modern Language (Spanish)
General Primary with Mathematics
UTT Code: 2NQB
On this course, you will follow the same components as your peers on the Primary PGCE course. You’ll also specialise within a particular age range, but with an additional focus on teaching and learning mathematics. In at least one of your placements, you’ll be supported by one of the specialist maths tutors at UEA.
An A level in Mathematics would help you on this course, but you don’t need one to apply. You should apply if you enjoy mathematics and want to inspire the next generation as a maths teacher.
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.
- Degree Subject: All degree subjects considered.
- Degree Classification: 2:2 or above.
- Special Entry Requirements: Please see below.
Applicants are required to have achieved a good honours degree (preferably class 2:2 and above) or its equivalent* by the beginning of the PGCE programme in September.
GCSE and A Level requirements
Before making your application you must have a GCSE pass at Grade C or its equivalent* in English Language, Mathematics and in a natural Science subject (ie Biology, Chemistry, Physics or a combination of these) regardless of your date of birth. We would also expect to see a good standard of academic attainment at A Level or its equivalent*.
Candidates applying for the Primary Language courses must have achieved an A Level or gained considerable experience working with or using their chosen language. In certain circumstances we may be able to take into account any experience of living/working in a country which speaks the appropriate language. Linguistic skills will be assessed at the interview stage to ascertain suitability.
*Please note: It is at the discretion of the individual Initial Teacher Training provider as to whether an appropriate level has been satisfactorily achieved. We therefore strongly urge candidates with equivalent qualifications to check with us that these are acceptable before making their application.
Pre-Application classroom experience
Candidates should also ensure that on their application form they are able to demonstrate that they have gained recent experience, with children of the relevant age range, in the mainstream school environment. Primary applicants should ensure they have gained experience across their chosen age range. For Early Years applicants, it is particularly important to have experience in both Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, due to the curriculum differences.
It is important for candidates to have an understanding of and reflect on how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place within the classroom prior to interview. It is recommended that candidates gain at least 5 days' observational experience in the classroom environment. Applicants should observe and reflect on how the teacher:
- Starts the lesson
- Structures the lesson
- Makes use of different teaching strategies and styles
- Involves pupils in the lesson
- Manages behaviour
- Works with pupils at different levels of ability and/or specific needs
- Involves support staff
- Makes use of technology and other resources
- Closes the lesson.
There are a number of ways in which you can achieve this:
Contact Your Local School
Try contacting local schools where you live to see if you are able to arrange a time to observe some lessons. You need only to have undertaken observational experience prior to submitting your application. Please note that it is at the discretion of each school as to whether they will allow visitors into their classrooms.
University Career Schemes
Candidates who are currently studying at university may be able to participate in Teaching Schemes organised by the Careers Service. For example, UEA offers Student Mentoring through the Student Ambassador Scheme, which aims to contribute towards raising the aspirations of year 9 school students, particularly those from backgrounds with no family history of further or higher education. Mentors provide students with academic and personal development support through mentoring sessions, educational activities and visits to UEA. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
Knowledge of the National Curriculum, key contacts and useful links
Applications are considered on an individual basis and being able to demonstrate a strong level of knowledge about the National Curriculum and current issues affecting teaching is advantageous. These educational links will provide you with some useful points of contact to help to get you started!
Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)
PROTECTION OF CHILDREN: Disclosure of Criminal Background for Those with Access to Children
All applicants for the PGCE course will be required to obtain an EnhancedCriminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The enhanced disclosure will be used to assess suitability for the programme and information provided may be discussed with the external members of the School's Safeguarding Sub-Committees. Candidates are responsible for payment of the DBS fee. General information about this process can be obtained from the Disclosure and Barring Service Website.
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
- IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
- PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date. Other tests such as the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English are also accepted by the university. Please check with the Admissions Office for further details including the scores or grades required.
Special Entry Requirements
All candidates starting the PGCE are required to pass the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process before starting the course.
Fees and Funding
Fees for the PGCE programme will be £9,000 for entry in September 2015, subject to approval from OFFA.
Maintenance grants (UK Students only)
If you are normally resident in England you may be entitled to receive a Maintenance Grant. All candidates from the UK should contact Student Finance England or tel: 0845 300 5090 for full information on Maintenance Grants.
Department for Education Training Bursaries (UK/EU Students) 2015/16
UEA PGCE course
1st class/ 2:1
Please contact the Department of Education website: www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for further details.
Further information on bursaries is available from The Department for Education. NB: Full details of financial support for 2016/17 trainees will be announced soon.
Approximately £7,500 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.
Making your application
Candidates are required to apply via the UCAS Teacher Training (UCAS). This is the central "clearing house" which deals with all applications for PGCE courses across the country. There is no specified deadline for any of our teacher training courses. However, all candidates are advised to apply as early as possible in the application cycle.
You are advised to ensure that your referees are available to submit their references immediately upon request (usually electronically via UCAS Teacher Training). Your chosen institution will not receive your application until both referees has submitted their references. Please see the UCAS Teacher Training Referee Guidance for information on selection. NB: Candidates are required to supply an academic referee as their first reference if they have completed their studies in the last 5 years.
Preparing your application
Candidates are encouraged to prepare thoroughly. Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of subject knowledge but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with our PGCE Teacher Training Prospectus and the information available from the Department for Education and related educational establishments. These sources will help you to gain knowledge of the current issues facing teaching, specifically in the subject area for which you are applying. During interview you will be expected to be able to answer questions about these issues, and what has prompted your desire to choose teaching as a career.
Candidates are normally chosen on the basis of their application form, references and an interview.
The University of East Anglia operates an equal opportunities admissions policy. We aim to ensure that no applicant receives less favourable consideration on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin or religious belief. More on equal opportunities...
See also: UEA PGCE Equal Opportunities Document
Students with a Disability (including Dyslexia)
The University welcomes students with disabilities and is working towards the provision of an inclusive environment for all its students, staff and visitors. More on disability support...
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If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:
PGCE Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 592855
International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.