At the Institute of Education at the University of Winchester, we know what you need to learn and understand to thrive in the classroom. We know how important it is that teachers are autonomous, innovative, critical and reflective practitioners with the knowledge, skills and confidence to enable all children to grow and learn.
Established in 1840 as a teacher training college and graded as Outstanding by Ofsted, the University of Winchester has a credible reputation for high-quality teacher education programmes.
Our highly sought-after graduates are equipped to succeed. We know that teachers need to be able to rise to the challenges of becoming a teacher and have the knowledge, understanding, skills and vision to be future leaders and innovators we want them to be.
Mastering how to teach well really matters. Our curriculum will enable you to develop strong subject knowledge, learn how to teach all primary subjects effectively, innovate, and meet the needs of the children you will teach.
Why study for a PGCE at the Institute of Education?
The course covers everything that student teachers need to develop the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching:
- expert tuition in all primary school subjects,
- understanding of how children learn and effective pedagogy,
- meeting the needs of all learners, and
- professional skills associated with high-quality teaching.
PGCE Primary at Winchester prepares you to teach across the whole primary range with the opportunity to specialise in the 3–7 or 5–11 age range, primary mathematics or SEND.
The course provides 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 empower and educate others.
What you need to know
Course start date
On campus, Winchester
- 1 year full-time
A first or second-class honours degree
From £9,250 pa
- Become a great teacher – on an Ofsted-rated 'Outstanding' programme
- Learn through practical, interactive and informative seminars on all National Curriculum subjects, AEN, Early Years and professional practice
- Develop your understanding of what it means to be a teacher and the kind of teacher you are destined to be
- Learn with our experienced team of research-informed expert tutors who are innovators and leaders in their fields, with a passion for their subjects and a deep understanding of pedagogy
- Undertake two teaching placements across the 400+ schools in our extensive partnerships to gain both excellent and practical experience that enables you to develop as a skilled practitioner
- Benefit from an expert Professional Development Tutor who monitors and supports your journey as a practitioner from start to finish
Our programme runs in close partnership with over 400 schools in the region, from large urban schools to small village schools serving diverse communities. Our extensive network of schools provides you with a variety of school experiences where you will apply what you have learned on campus, deepen your understanding of critical theories and refine your practice. Supported by your Teacher Mentor and Link Tutor, you will undertake two assessed placements (totalling 120 days), developing your understanding and skills through classroom practice. You will spend a further 20 days engaged in Intensive Training and Practice (ITAP) weeks, where you will develop a reflective approach to your practice and the ability to work flexibly, responsively, and effectively in the classroom,
Our highly practical programme is constantly reviewed with serving practitioners and experts to ensure students are equipped with the most up-to-date developments in primary education. Working closely with our school partners helps ensure what you learn is informed by the latest research and current practice. Teachers and Senior Leaders from our Partnership schools contribute to the programme, from recruitment to preparation to be Early Career Teachers, to ensure the University supports ongoing teacher development.
Why choose the 5-11 with Mathematics route?
Choosing the 5-11 Mathematics route allows you to focus on becoming a strong advocate for mathematics with the knowledge and skills to foster an interest and enjoyment in the subject. The programme focuses on:
• Developing your expertise and confidence of primary mathematics through additional inputs and workshops.
• Enhancing your experiences to research effective teaching and learning of mathematics.
• Drawing on international and national perspectives on mathematics teaching
Supporting you in your journey to become a future teacher?
The programme prides itself on the support and guidance offered to students. Every student has a Professional Development Tutor who monitors and supports their progress through the programme. Progress is tracked both academically and professionally to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers' Standards (Department for Education 2012) by the end of your training.
We are accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver Initial Teacher training programmes to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The PGCE counts as 60 Master's credits, equating to 1/3 of a Masters.
Learning and teaching
Tutors with extensive experience and expertise of primary phase education support student learning through a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and number of technological channels including online discussion forums.
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 library.
Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester
Modules are assessed either by assignment or by an 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.
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions
This module will introduce students to the structure, content and subject knowledge defined by the curriculum. Key educational theory, or ‘big ideas,’ will explore pupil’s experience in school and form strands of learning developed during subject sessions. Students will consider specific subject knowledge associated with the curriculum and the kind of teaching approaches likely to engage children and promote learning. Students will explore one area of the curriculum for their assignment.
This module will develop critical understanding of the early years curriculum. Key theories, or ‘big ideas’, underpin the module, forming strands of learning that will be explored during curriculum sessions. Deepening of subject knowledge, skills and pedagogic understanding will be supported through the design and analysis of a school-based enquiry. Students will demonstrate enhanced thinking in one area of learning in the early years curriculum and the ability to draw conclusions about effective practice.
The module focuses on meeting individual needs. Students will engage in current issues relating to inclusion and additional needs and will develop some specialist knowledge of specific learning requirements. In addition, students will consider the role of other adults, parents and agencies in protecting children’s social, emotional and educational wellbeing. Students will develop their understanding of curriculum planning and teaching, assessment and behaviour management in the context of an inclusive classroom.
Students will be introduced to the professional expectations and responsibilities associated with being an educator through a taught course, ahead of a professional placement. The course will develop students’ knowledge about the profession and their pedagogical craft. Whilst on placement in a school setting, students will work under the direction of staff, learning through participant observation and then progressing from teaching small groups and single lessons to planning and teaching sequences of whole class lessons. Students will be required to engage in continual reflective practice, collecting evidence and evaluating and recording their personal and professional progress.
Students will consolidate and extend their understanding of the professional expectations and responsibilities associated with being a teacher through a taught course, ahead of a professional placement. The course will further develop students’ knowledge about the profession and their pedagogical craft, using reflections on earlier placements. Whilst on placement in a school setting, students will work under the direction of staff, progressing to taking full responsibility for the pupils they are working with for the majority of time. Students will be required to engage in continual reflective practice, collecting evidence and evaluating and recording their personal and professional progress.
2024 COURSE TUITION FEES
UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man
Total Cost: £9,250
If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2024, 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: £16,700
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 £122.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,837.
As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.
Disclosure and Barring Service
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check may be required if you undertake a placement, volunteering, research or other course related activity where you will have contact with children or vulnerable adults. The requirement for a DBS check will be confirmed by staff as part of the process to approve your placement, research or other activity. This may also be required when applicants accept their offer for a place on the course.The indicative cost is £40.
The programme includes a significant number of days on placement, these placements may be closer or further from your home than the University of Winchester. Currently the University expects students to travel up to 90 mins to reach their placement and to cover the costs of travel themselves.
Printing and Binding
The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.
Occupational Health Check
The University will pay for an occupational health assessment; however, you may need to pay for immunisations if they are not covered by your GP. Once applicants accept their offer of a place, we will send instructions on how to submit your health declaration information and what is required.
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.
Winchester PGCE graduates have a high employment rate and are highly respected in the region and beyond. We provide support for applying for teaching posts as part of the course. Most of our students take up a position in teaching. Many local Headteachers and Deputy Headteachers are Winchester graduates. Occasionally, graduates pursue other careers using the range of transferable skills gained during study.OUR CAREERS SERVICE
How to apply for this course
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Programme Leader: Claire Morse
Claire has a rich understanding of the journey from novice to expert teacher through her work in initial teacher education (ITE), advisory work and primary teaching before this. She currently teaches across multiple routes into teaching; undergraduate and postgraduate which includes university-based and school-led training. This teaching is augmented by working with qualified teachers who are working towards their own Masters qualification.
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Information for International Students
Our International students come from all over the world and we understand that some things are a little different when applying and then arriving at the University. We have therefore provided a list of some of the countries we work in with specific information included on Entry Requirements, Funding Opportunities, Visas and other useful information.