- Obtain Qualified Teacher Status with Ofsted outstanding-rated initial teacher training
- Gain practical experience with two school placements
- Option to include an SEN specialism
PGCE Primary at Winchester prepares you to teach in either the 3–7 or 5–11 age range. The course gives you the opportunity to learn to teach in a stimulating and supportive environment, from tutors with extensive expertise and experience. You leave the programme as a high quality postgraduate teacher, with the skills, knowledge and motivation to inspire and educate others.
Established in 1840 as a teacher training college, the University of Winchester has built on this history with innovative, high-quality teacher education programmes. PGCE Primary is a postgraduate professional programme of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) leading to the award of either Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with Masters level credits) or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, both including the recommendation of the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
You are prepared to teach across the age ranges of 3–7 (full-time route only) or 5–11 (full-time or part-time route). The course covers all elements of primary education, extending your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum, and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You then apply this understanding and skill to classroom practice during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings, dependent on the route you have chosen. On the 5-11 route, if you have suitable pre-programme experience, you can take one placement in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) setting.
Study modules in Professional Theory and Practice, Personalising Learning, Exploring the Curriculum, An Introduction to the Curriculum and two assessed placements. 120 days of the programme are dedicated to school-based activity. This includes: 15 days pre-programme experience (under the direction of the programme); a seven-week autumn school experience placement; a 12-week spring/summer school experience placement; and a three-week enquiry week placement.
PGCE Primary at the University of Winchester has a high employability rate, with many students securing their first teaching posts in our partnership schools.
Accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for the purpose of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Successful completion of the PGCE Primary leads to the PGCE with recommendations for award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The PGCE Primary programme at the University of Winchester has a high employability rate, with many students securing their first teaching posts in our partnership schools.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Suitable for applicants from:
UK, EU, World
120 days of the programme are dedicated to school based activity. This includes: 15 days pre-programme experience (under the direction of the programme); a seven week Autumn School Experience Placement; a 12 week Spring/Summer School Experience Placement; and a three week Enquiry Week placement.
Learning and teaching
Tutors, with extensive experience and expertise of EYFS and primary phase education, support student learning through a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and a number of technological channels including online discussion forums.
Attendance regulations: There is a requirement for students to complete 120 days in school - students cannot be recommended for QTS unless we have evidence that they have completed these days. The penalty for not completing 120 days in school is that they cannot be recommended for QTS but students can still receive the academic award. For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.
Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus (Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester).
Modules are assessed either by assignment or by achievement of success against the Teachers' Standards (Department for Education 2012). Assignments are varied to capture students' differing strengths and include essays, presentations and practitioner enquiry reports. Feedback is given with all assignments in order that students can improve their academic writing as the programme progresses. School placements are assessed through graded observations measured against the Teachers' Standards (Department of Education 2012). The observations include detailed feedback, usually made by the class teacher and a university link-tutor mentor.
Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.
We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.
We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.
Applicants are required to have completed an Honours degree, with an expected second-class award or above, and have gained GCSE passes at Grade C (Grade 4 if completed from summer 2017 onwards) or above in English language, science and mathematics.
Applicants are advised to access the Department for Education (DfE) website for general information. This guidance sets out the DfE requirements for gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and identifies the minimum academic requirements that candidates must meet to be eligible for admission.
Students are required to provide a declaration that they are 'fit to teach'. Students taking extended absence through sickness may be required to be reassessed for their 'fitness to teach'. Students are required to pass the DfE Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Passes in the Skills Tests are a programme entry requirement.
If English is not your first language: IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) or equivalent.
Course enquiries and applications
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023
Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2018. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.
Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible. Applications for full-time and part-time study should be made online via the UCAS Teacher Training website here.
All applicants to the programme are required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and complete a health declaration. The cost of the DBS check is covered by applicants. For the latest costs please visit the DBS website.
Applicants are required to satisfy interviewers that they can meet the strenuous demands of this initial teacher training programme and that they have the potential to develop the attributes, skills and knowledge of high-quality teachers.
Applicants require two weeks pre-application experience. For the Primary 3-7 route, this experience should be from the last two years and, as a general rule, have taken place in mainstream Primary KS1 and a Foundation Stage setting.
The interview event involves a range of activities and tasks, about which candidates receive information prior to the event. Applicants with disabilities are invited to notify us of any special arrangements that they may require during the interview process. Please make contact with Course Enquiries and Applications to discuss the type of support that may be provided to students.
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Year 1 (Level 7)
|Assessed Placement 2|
|Exploring the Curriculum|
|An Introduction to the Curriculum|
|Assessed Placement 1|
|Professional Theory and Practice|
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.
Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man
Total Cost: £9,250
If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, it will cost £9,250. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.
Total Cost: £12,950
International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.
**International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.
As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.
SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS
We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.
Key course details
- Full-time only: 1 year
- Typical offer
- Honours degree, with an expected second-class award or above
- King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester