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University College Birmingham: PGCE Primary Education QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)

Institution University College Birmingham View institution profile
Department Education - PG
Telephone 0121 232 4448
Study type Taught


OVERVIEW Teaching is far more than a job. For many, it's a calling – an opportunity to engage and inspire children, enabling them to develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive. If you dream of becoming a primary teacher, our PGCE Primary QTS course not only gives you the professional theory needed to excel in a modern primary school setting, but also vital hands-on experience in the classroom.

Whether you aspire to work in a mainstream school or one for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), completion of this course will lead to Early Career Teacher (ECT) status which is achieved over two years after completing your PGCE, helping you start your journey in a profession offering a competitive salary, generous pension and financial support while training. Throughout your studies, you will be supported by our dedicated team with expertise across all areas of the primary curriculum.

Our PGCE course allows you to focus on the age group you would like to teach, with suitable placements to match your chosen specialism. You can specialise in working with children aged 3-7 (Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1), or children aged 5-11 (Key Stages 1 and 2). We also provide the opportunity for you to gain valuable experience working in a special school, as well as the chance to develop your own interests and expertise through a school-based legacy project.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE? - Work placements – Boost your career prospects by gaining real-world experience working in primary or early years settings, as well as a two-week SEND school placement

  • Specialise your studies – Choose which age group you would like to teach, as well as studying key themes including behaviour management, SEND and children who use English as an additional language (EAL)

  • Expert tuition – Enjoy intellectually stimulating content and receive high quality support from our expert lecturers with a wealth of knowledge and experience

PLACEMENTS Our primary PGCE course features a number of placements based on whichever age group you aspire to teach. If you are interested in teaching children aged 3-7, there are two placements in either nursery or reception, year 1 or year 2. If you wish to teach children aged 5-11, there will be placements in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

  • Professional Studies Placement One including Legacy Project (non-credit bearing) – 11 weeks, including a project that reflects a particular area of interest

  • Professional Studies Placement Two including Special School Experience (non-credit bearing) – 13 weeks, with the opportunity to experience practice in a special school

You will spend a minimum of 120 days within our partnership schools working alongside our trained professional mentors. They will work with you to build your confidence so that you can gradually take responsibility for teaching a whole class.

Employers we have worked with include Barford Primary School, Devonshire Infant Academy, St Benedict's Primary School, Stechford Primary School and Wilson Stuart School.

CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course: - Primary school teacher

  • Headteacher

  • Special educational needs teacher

Please refer to our website for the latest updates to this course

Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE

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