PGCE General Primary with QTS (5 -11 years)

Accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted).

Course details

UCAS Course code X100

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We are proud to be 5th in the country for PGCE Primary completion*

Teaching at primary school can be a challenge, but it can also be an extremely satisfying and rewarding career. It's important that primary teachers are skilful, knowledgeable and caring individuals, which is why our PGCE course will give you the best start to your teaching profession. We'll help you develop as an independent learner, gaining the beliefs, values and self-motivation to be a successful educator when working with young children.

Our popular PGCE courses are highly-rated by both students and external organisations, helping hundreds to advance into careers as primary teachers. Your university lessons will involve studying 2 modules at masters level, taught by highly-committed and effective tutors who will help you achieve new levels in your professional development. You'll learn everything you need to be a confident and knowledgeable teacher, with a wealth of classroom experience to give you the best start to your future.

Begin your Teaching Career with the St Ninian Federation!

The St Ninian Catholic Schools Federation in Carlisle is working with the University of Cumbria to offer a limited number of Primary PGCE places on our Carlisle campus, where the placement opportunities will be offered in predominantly Catholic Schools. If you would like further information, please contact us on 01228 616234 or apply through the UCAS link above quoting code 325Z.

*NCTL HEI performance profiles. 93% completion rate for 2014/15 students on PGCE Primary programmes, combined across campus and school-based provision.

Over half of the 39 week course is spent with children, with 124 days on school-based learning (including assessed placements) in at least two different schools or settings, giving you the real-life experience you need to embark on your career as a primary teacher.

Modules

Year one

Compulsory Modules

  • Raising the Achievement of Children
  • High Quality Learning and Teaching
  • Pedagogy and Practice
  • Leading and Managing Change in the Primary School
  • Developing Specialism Expertise
  • Cumbria Teacher of Reading
  • Beginning Professional Practice
  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Extending Professional Practice

Programme Specification

For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

Please see the selection criteria section below.

Selection criteria

  • Normally a first degree, or its equivalent with a minimum of 2:2 honours.
  • Three GCSEs at minimum grade C or above to include English language, mathematics and science (including biology, chemistry or physics). All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2017.

  • Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy before the start of the course.

  • A minimum 10 days experience in a mainstream UK Primary school covering Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (five days in each Key Stage) gained within the last two years.

  • A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study

  • The ability to discriminate key ideas and express arguments

  • All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced DBS clearance according to established university procedures

Making your application

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS); they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website www.ucas.com provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

See the following websites for further details: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk

This course can lead to a fulfilling career as a primary teacher, with QTS built-in to enable you to go straight into work.

As this is a PGCE, it includes some work at masters level, leading to 40 credits that can count towards an MA in Education.

Our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment provides easy online access to course information and materials, relevant web links and an online discussion board. We have a well stocked library and Learning Gateway offering flexible study spaces, and you can also take advantage of the Library and Student Services (LiSS), which provides learning resources, equipment, student advice, skills training and study space.