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Professional Doctorate in PGCE Primary and Early Years

  • Full or part time
    Full time available
  • Course fees
    £9250 for 2017 entry
  • Course Disciplines
  • Course Start
  • Course Duration
    1 year full time
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About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

Do you have a passion for educating children, supporting their academic and personal growth at a key stage in their development? Is your aim to become a reflective, critical and enquiring primary school teacher? Then our PGCE Primary and Early Years course is for you.

What's covered in the course?

Our aim is to help you become a committed, confident and creative teacher so we’ll train you in the essential tools you need to kick-start your career in education. You’ll increase your ability to handle the ever-evolving teaching environment, and by the time your course is complete, you’ll be in a position to continue developing your understanding, knowledge and skills throughout your professional life.

Why choose us?

  • Consistently high employability rates, with 98.8 per cent of 2016 graduates in employment or further study six months after completing this course (latest DLHE survey results 2015/16).
  • Over 70 per cent of our 2015 graduates gained employment in West Midlands’ primary schools.
  • We support you with the job application process as part of your course.
  • If you have a First in your undergraduate degree, or a PhD, you may be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL)For 2017 entry this bursary is £3000.
  • If you accept an offer from us you’ll be able to take part in our free Skills Test ‘bootcamps’ to make sure you’re ready to start your PGCE in September.
  • Gain Master's level credits gained as part of this course that you can then use towards a full Master's degree, such as our Master’s in Educational Leadership or Teaching and Learning.
  • We have strong relationships with more than 900 primary schools in the region. Schools are committed to the quality of experience they offer our trainees.
  • Our team of experienced teachers, who have held senior positions in schools, are there to support and guide your progress.

Entry requirements

Applicants will have (or expect to achieve before enrolment) a Bachelor's Honours degree, at upper Second Class level or above from a UK higher education institution or a recognised equivalent in a subject that provides the necessary foundation for work as a primary teacher. Trainees expecting to take a specialist module in a core subject, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) or Early Years must have an appropriate degree or be able to demonstrate equivalent understanding and experience.

GCSE at grade C or above (or its equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject is also necessary at the point of application. For entry onto a teaching course you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.

It is essential for applicants to have spent time in British state primary schools and have some familiarity with the current National Curriculum before submitting an application.

Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

How do I apply?

All applications need to be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Course codes:

3-7 age phase: X110

5-11 age phase: 338B

Visit the PGCE Primary and Early Years page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Dan MacKintosh

1368.jpg I knew that Birmingham City University had a good reputation for the quality of their teacher training which was important to me as I wanted an experience which would help my employment prospects upon graduating. I also knew that the university had a high standard of facilities in the School of Education, such as the gym and specialist classrooms for each subject area. This was particularly pleasing as it allows lecturers to demonstrate what lessons might look like in the primary classroom.

I believe the practical side of the course was the most important and is where I feel that I did the most learning. I had two placements which were very different, one being in a large inner-city school in Birmingham and the other in a small, rural school in Warwickshire. Both presented a range of challenges and gave me a broad experience which has proved valuable to me in my new role as a Year 2 teacher.

Support on the course was excellent. Lecturers were always willing to make time for you, particularly my personal tutor and placement link tutors. This helped particularly on the academic side, which after a few years out of university I found harder than I expected, especially as the Level 7 aspect of the course is a step up from undergraduate study. During my placement I created a blog about my time as a PGCE Primary Education student, which is available to read on the School of Education’s website.

Over all I was very pleased with the course and feel it has left me in a great position to start my career. Be under no illusion that it isn't hard work, it is. However once you get into school the children remind you what it's all about and before you know it, it will be over and you will be preparing for the next leg of the journey - being an NQT!

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Entry Requirements

A 2:2 Honours Degree or above from a UK University or recognised equivalent. Grade C GCSE or above in English, Mathematics and a Science subject.

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