Primary Education (Part Time Progression Route)

PGCE 7-14 Years

Year of entry

Year of entry 2018-19 - we are currently refreshing the course for 2018-19. The details below will give you an idea of the type of content covered; please revisit this page later in the year to see the latest information on the updated course.

Applications for 2018 entry are open and are made via UCAS Teacher Training.

(2017-18 entry is now closed)

Do you love your subject, but want the breadth of teaching that primary teaching offers? Do you love working with the primary age range, but also want to develop a specialist subject which will enable you to teach in both primary and secondary schools? If so, then this may be the PGCE course for you.

The PGCE 7­-14 trains teachers to teach in both primary and secondary schools. It will train student teachers to:

  • be primary subject specialists who can also teach across the curriculum at a time when many primary schools are utilising subject specialists in their timetabling and teaching at Key Stage 2;
  • be secondary subject specialists with a sound knowledge of primary practice, matching the direction in which curriculum at Key Stage 3 is traveling
  • be specialists who can teach across the whole age range (e.g. as required in international or independent schools)
  • understand and manage transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3;
  • be flexible enough to move between phases of education.

We believe that the course offers an exciting opportunity for those who qualify to make a unique contribution to the education of children and young people. Indeed, part of the mission of the course is to enable teachers who qualify to ease the transition of pupils between these two stages, and to help policy and practice in both stages come closer together.

This is a one year, full­-time course that aims to enable student teachers to become confident, competent classroom practitioners. The 7-­14 PGCE is ideal for those students who are particularly interested in this particular age group which spans the older years of primary education i.e. 7-­11 and the younger years of secondary education i.e. 11­-14. It is ideal for those who:

  • have a strong interest in their specialist subject, but also like the idea of working with primary children;
  • are concerned about the smoothing the transition of pupils from primary to secondary education;
  • are interested in working across this age group such as in innovative state models of schooling; continental or independent schools;
  • want to train as a teacher, but do not want to specialise in a particular phase of education at this stage.

The course has been designed for all students to meet the Teaching Agency (TA) Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

The course runs in partnership with local primary and secondary schools. Students spend 120 days in school as part of this course and 60 days at the University.

The PGCE 7­-14 at Canterbury Christ Church University offers the greatest range of specialist subject options for this kind of course in the country. There are ten specialist subject pathways available: Design and Technology, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, PE, Religious Education, Science.

All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies. However, all learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study will be informed by and inform practice. PGCE students will be placed in two schools for a mixture of blocked time and serial (e.g. one day a week) time adding up to meet the current Government requirement for a minimum 120 days in school.

All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies. However, all learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study will be informed by and inform practice. PGCE students will be placed in two schools for a mixture of blocked time and serial (e.g. one day a week) time adding up to meet the current Government requirement for a minimum 120 days in school.

University time is spent in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Tutors model methods that they would expect students to adopt in school. School placements demand full attendance in school during each day, Monday to Friday, with additional time devoted to assessment and preparation. You will need to make arrangements to ensure you can be in school by 8.15am at the latest.

Across the PGCE year there is the equivalent of 24 weeks spent in school.  Student teachers will learn in a variety of ways in school, including from experienced mentors, through observing others and through experience. There is also a degree of individual support for learning offered in this course provided by mentors in school and the university tutors.

Tutors and mentors who lead the learning on this course are all qualified teachers.

Students will be assessed in two main ways ­via academic assignments and assessment of their teaching.

Students will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in each curriculum, professional and enhanced studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but students may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to their chosen subject options.

You will need to be committed to becoming the best teacher you can be. You need all the basic requirements for admission to a PGCE:

  • A good honours degree at 2.2 or above, preferably with at least 50% of the degree modules relating to the PGCE subject.  Relevant experience and A Level qualifications will also be considered;
  • English, maths and science at GCSE (grade C or above) or equivalent;
  • To have passed the Government’s skills tests in literacy and numeracy.

Candidates invited for interview need to demonstrate sufficient subject knowledge and be prepared to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course before the start of the course, if appropriate.

In addition to the academic requirements, you should also have some recent experience in a primary school in a voluntary or work capacity (work with young people in other contexts is also desirable). You will  need to draw on your experiences at interview in order to demonstrate your suitability for this course.

Offers of a place on the course are conditional, subject to successful completion of the Occupational Health clearance, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and completion of the Government professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy.

Specialism 
PGCE Art and Design
7-14
 
PGCE English 7-14 (Closed)  
PGCE Geography 7-14  
PGCE History 7-14 (Closed)  
PGCE Mathematics
7-14
 
PGCE Modern Foreign Languages 7-14  
  French
  German
  Spanish
  French with German
  French with Spanish
  German with French
  Spanish with French
PGCE Music 7-14  
PGCE Physical Education 7-14 (Closed)  
PGCE Religious Education 7-14  
PGCE Science 7-14  

Applications can be made through  UCAS Teacher Training  from 27 th October 2015 for the September 2016 intake.

You can exit the PGCE courses with one of two awards. The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is awarded to those students who gain less than 40 Level 7 credits, but who pass all modules, gaining 100 or 120 Level 6 credits. If you achieve 40 or 60 Level 7 credits and pass all the modules, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.

Fees

2017/18 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £9,250 **£11,500
Part-time N/A  N/A

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • 2VQV Art and Design
  • 33D3 Computing
  • XQC3 English
  • XFC8 Geography
  • XVC1 History
  • XGC1 Mathematics
  • XRC1 MFL French
  • XRDC MFL French with German
  • XRDD MFL French with Spanish
  • XRDF MFL German with French
  • 2VSW MFL German with Spanish
  • XRC4 MFL Spanish
  • XRDK MFL Spanish with French
  • 2VTK MFL Spanish with German
  • 2MLQ Music
  • XCC6 Physical Education
  • XVC6 Religious Education
  • XFCA Science

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year full-time

Starts

  • September 2017

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree of at least lower second class (2:2) standard, with 50% of degree modules related to the PGCE subject is preferred.
    However, candidates with a C or above at A level in the PGCE subject and with other relevant experience in an education setting, will also be considered.

    English, maths and science at GCSE (Grade C or above) or equivalent, and to have passed the government's skills test in literacy and numeracy.

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