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The Primary Education PGCE will qualify you to teach at primary level in any state-maintained school in England and Wales.
This one year course blends theoretical knowledge with carefully supervised teaching experience. You will attend placements in a variety of school settings, to gain a broad understanding of the realities of primary level teaching.
Please use UCAS code 3FPC for the January intake or X100 for the September intake.
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In-school training is an important part of this course. During that time, you will benefit from practical learning and be supported by Mentors in school, University tutors and your peers.
You will be assessed throughout the course. Your subject knowledge will be monitored with subject audits. This will allow you to identify your strengths and areas of development, and then work with your Subject Specialist Tutors to action plan to improve your knowledge and confidence.
This course is a mixture of University-based learning and in-school training. By the end of the course you will have knowledge and experience of work in Primary Schools and settings.
Placements are an important part of this course. During that time, you will benefit from practical learning and be supported by school Mentors and University-based tutors.
Your progress will be assessed with written assignments, case studies, and assessments of your teaching practice.
This course is a mixture of University-based learning and in-school training. You will spend at least 120 days on placement in at least two educational settings. Our Primary PGCE Programme is unique in its design. In addition to Assessed Placements, we provide our students with additional Theory Linked Practice/Focus days in schools. We are committed to providing our trainees with the richest and broadest opportunities. These Focus days have been specially designed to enable students to research and experience practice in important aspects of education introduced in University sessions. These include days in the Early Years Foundation Stage, KS3/4; experience of Diversity and Inclusion in school, EAL and Special Educational Needs and Disability.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Our typical offer is:
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You will usually need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.
You must have a grade C or above in Mathematics, Science, and English Language, or equivalent qualifications. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. We will only accept equivalencies from equivalencytesting.com.
In addition to academic qualifications, you must also:
Your numeracy and literacy competency will be assessed continuously throughout the course, following the DfE’s removal of the Professional Skills Test.
If English is not your first language, you will also need International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.5, with at least 6.5 in writing, and no section below 6.0.
You will be assessed on your potential to learn and not your experience.
All successful applicants will be invited to an interview. Interviews start early November, so we recommend that you apply as soon as UCAS opens, in October.
Please note, applicants with a foundation degree will need to supplement this qualification with at least 60 credits at level 6 (HE level 3) in order to attain an equivalent single qualification.
If you are applying for September 2020, please use UCAS code X100.
If you are applying for January 2021, please use UCAS code 3FPC.
2020/21 annual fees are:
2021/22 annual fees are:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This degree awards Qualified Teacher Status, which means that when you graduate you’ll be qualified to teach in any state-maintained primary school in England and Wales. Most graduates from this course go on to teach in primary schools.
Good teachers are always in high demand. The average starting salary for a teacher is £22,000, and experienced teachers can earn up to £56,000 outside London, and £64,000 in London. Head teachers can reach a salary of between £42,379 and £112,000.
The University of Sunderland has partnerships with over 200 schools, in 12 local authorities. We’ll work with you to find you the perfect placements - schools that can nurture and support your aspirations and interests, and help you become the best primary teacher you can be.
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