PGCE iQTS - Primary Education
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PGCE iQTS at the University of Sunderland is an internationally-recognised course that leads to Qualified Teacher Status in England and Wales. This is recognised as an international gold standard for teaching and learning across the world.
The PGCE iQTS course blends applied teaching theory and practice in three taught modules and one teaching practice module of 120 days including a second school placement experience. It has been developed so that it can be delivered to primary ‘homeroom’ teachers (all subjects. This must include planning, delivery and evaluation of all core subjects as well as opportunities to plan, deliver and evaluate a range of foundation subjects) and secondary subject specialist teachers. It is a 38-week full-time course, completed in one academic year, which must be undertaken in an international setting.
It is the responsibility of trainees to secure an appropriate school placement prior to commencement of the course. Please note, for employed teachers, this may be the setting in which you are employed providing this meets the placement requirements.
Trainees are required to complete up to 20 days in a second school placement (number of days is bespoke depending upon prior experience). It is the responsibility of the trainee to secure this placement.
Two of the modules are research-based and at master's level, preparing you for further postgraduate study which will qualify you for progression to Stage 2 of our MA International Education or MA Education, both available as distance learning courses.
The PGCE iQTS course is split into two semesters and has four core modules. There is one taught module, two research modules, and one teaching experience module.
All trainees have the option to study the following age ranges:
We encourage all secondary trainees to teach across Key Stages 3, 4, and where possible, 5.
Within the academic modules, there is the opportunity to explore and develop themes that relate to age, phase and subject. On successful completion, the certificate awarded states PGCE iQTS Primary or PGCE iQTS Secondary – it does not include any age range or subject.
Any reference or supporting letter provided by the University will make it clear in which phase of education you did your training, the curriculum you taught and subjects taught. QTS will be awarded in your specific phase.
We use a wide variety of teaching methods with tasks including required reading, directed activities and self-assessments. There are online discussion forums where trainees are invited to debate current issues relevant to the module content and, if you live close to other students on the course, we encourage you to form a study group.
The teaching experience is work-based and conducted entirely in a school that you have secured a placement at, or are currently working at. This is supported by an in-school mentor (identified by the trainee) and university staff.
We assess both the theoretical and practical elements of the course. Assessment is through written assignments, a profile of evidence of Teachers' Standards and observed teaching.
Immerse yourself in teaching institutions to develop professional knowledge about teaching and learning, to make judgements about the routines, skills and strategies that support effective teaching. Gain a variety of experience in a work-based learning environment to meet Professional Standards identified in Government legislation, consistently and over a sustained period of time.
Gain an introduction to research methods, focusing on school policy and practice to address the individual learning needs of pupils. Use the knowledge you have gained from your experience in a school setting where you have identified the way in which the school addresses the educational needs of a particular group of individual pupils, and show how learning is developed over time or what could be done to enhance development.
Investigate the content of subject areas taught within the curriculum. Consider the development of a variety of approaches to teaching a particular subject or topic area. Formulate skillful questioning to reveal levels of pupil understanding. Examine ways of motivating pupils, including the provision of a challenging curriculum designed to foster problem-solving abilities.
Undertake a piece of independent academic study related to your vocational/professional development and engage in intellectual challenge and dialogue. Develop both general and specific knowledge and skills, identifying the key skills that will enhance your ability to transfer learning to further study and to the workplace.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Our typical offer is:
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If you already hold a postgraduate qualification, please see our Applying for additional postgraduate degrees Help and Advice article.
If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, you can take one of the foundation pathways at our partners ONCAMPUS Sunderland. Find out more information and whether your course is eligible on our ONCAMPUS page.
If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at email@example.com for further advice.
When completing your application, you'll need the consent of your school and a suitable mentor. The University of Sunderland will need to approve the school and designated mentor.
Successful admission will be determined by your potential to teach assessed using both your application and, if successful at application stage, an interview process.
To be accepted onto the course, you'll need:
You'll also need to submit a strong personal statement as part of your application which will be crucial in how your application is assessed.
When completing your personal statement, please consider the following areas:
Essentially, this is a portrait of you as a teacher, a self-reflective statement of your beliefs about the teaching and learning process, and, where appropriate, how you enact or plan to enact these beliefs in the professional school environment.
Your response in the personal statement will be individual to you and reflect and embrace the diversity of your background, the richness of your experiences, and what you'll bring to the teaching profession.
If you meet the criteria after submitting your application, you'll be invited for an online interview with the course staff.
This course is subject to revalidation to meet the requirements for Initial Teacher Training from 2024.
The annual fee is £9,250.
A £250 deposit must be paid prior to the start of the course. This deposit is refundable up until the point of enrolment.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This distance learning degree is ideal for teachers and other people working within international education institutions who want to quickly progress in their careers. It may qualify you for more senior positions in teaching and educational management in international schools.
The knowledge and skills you develop on the PGCE iQTS course will also transfer to many other sectors, particularly education policy and government.
The University of Sunderland is the awarding body for the PGCE iQTS and is responsible for the quality assurance of that award. On successful completion of the course, the University of Sunderland recommends graduates to the Department for Education (DfE) UK for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).