Education

PGCE PRIMARY (SPECIALISING IN FOUNDATION STAGE AND KEY STAGE 1)

Key details 

PGCE PRIMARY (SPECIALISING IN FOUNDATION STAGE AND KEY STAGE 1)

Start Year
2022
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Postgraduate Certificate in Education
UCAS course code
X110
Duration (years)
1

Assessment for Year 1

You’ll complete assignments that are designed to prepare you to be an effective teacher. These relate directly to your professional knowledge and understanding, as well as your teaching experience on your school placements. 

Throughout your time in schools you’ll benefit from regular observations of your teaching, along with a professional dialogue to ensure you’re always learning and developing. Our helpful guidance and constructive feedback will help strengthen the quality of your teaching and improve your pupils’ learning.

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Assessment for Year 1

You’ll complete assignments that are designed to prepare you to be an effective teacher. These relate directly to your professional knowledge and understanding, as well as your teaching experience on your school placements. 

Throughout your time in schools you’ll benefit from regular observations of your teaching, along with a professional dialogue to ensure you’re always learning and developing. Our helpful guidance and constructive feedback will help strengthen the quality of your teaching and improve your pupils’ learning.

Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Open Days   

Important Information

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. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with 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. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

Entry Requirements

Degree classification

2:2 or above preferred

Degree subject

All degree subjects considered

GCSE offer

Before making your application you must have a GCSE pass at Grade C/4 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.

*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.

Additional entry requirements

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.

A Level requirements

We would expect to see a good standard of academic attainment at A Level or its equivalent*.

*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

From February 2018, applicants are not required to have gained any prior experience within a school. 

Although not a requirement, time spent in a school could help you to gain valuable insight into the role of a teacher, how teaching and learning takes place within the classroom, and help you to decide whether teaching is the right profession for you. It is recommended, that where possible, you gain some school experience prior to application.

It would be most useful if experience could be gained across your chosen Primary age range.  Applicants to the Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 specialist Primary course would benefit from observational experience in both age ranges, due to the curriculum differences.

If you are able to gain classroom experience prior to submitting your application there are a number of ways in which this can be achieved:

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, or register with the DfE School Experience Programme to help book school experience through their online portal. 

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 Enhanced Criminal 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.

Satisfactory Health Check

You will need to demonstrate your fitness to teach by completing an Occupational Health Questionnaire Form.  You will need to return it to the Occupational Health Service at UEA. This will give us information about any special needs you may have, and enable us to assess whether the University and placement areas will be able to provide support. It is therefore, in your interest to provide full answers to the questions.

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): 67 (minimum 64 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.

Interviews

Interview required; please be aware that we cannot guarantee that all candidates who apply will be shortlisted for interview.

Intakes

This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.

Course Reference Number: 4478658

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2022/23 are: 

  • UK Students: To be announced (full time) 

  • International Students: To be announced (full time) 

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students). 

We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month. 

Further Information on tuition fees can be found here

 

Scholarships and Bursaries 

A range of funding options are available to help you Train to Teach. The University of East Anglia also offers a range of Scholarships; please click the links to check your eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

Course Reference Number: 4478658

How to Apply

MAKING YOUR APPLICATION 

Candidates can submit their application by using the GOV.UK service called Apply for teacher training

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 the information available from the Department for Education. 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. 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES 

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. 

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. 

FURTHER INFORMATION 

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us: 

PGCE Admissions Office 
Email: edu.pgce.admiss@uea.ac.uk 
Tel: +44 (0)1603 592855 

EU and International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

Course Reference Number: 4478658
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Postgraduate Certificate in Education
UCAS course code
X110
Duration (years)
1
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