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Primary Education (Early Years, 3-7) with recommendation for QTS
Postgraduate course
PGCE

Primary Education (Early Years, 3-7) with recommendation for QTS

Please note, this course is now full and closed for 2017 entry.

Overview

Our aim is to develop teachers with a specialist understanding of how children aged between three and seven learn. You will develop children's abilities through playful learning and creative teaching, and you will reflect on how your teaching methods and the opportunities and environments you create can influence outcomes. Your training will involve a particular focus on outdoor play and learning. You will have the opportunity to attend a forest school workshop using our outdoor classroom, where you will learn different techniques to bring learning to life and spark your pupils' imaginations.

As a primary school teacher, you will work closely with teaching assistants, parents and complex teaching teams to deliver a range of activities. We will give you the skills and confidence to manage these relationships to ensure you can deliver an outstanding learning experience for your class.

We will develop your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum to ensure your teaching fulfils the requirements set out by the Government. With an emphasis on mathematics, English and Science at both Key Stages, you will embrace areas of learning and principles of best practice in early childhood education across all curricular.

You will put your theoretical knowledge into practice. As part of your training, you will complete three teaching placements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, developing your teaching skills across different age ranges and helping to prepare you for future employment. Throughout these placements you will gain the specialist knowledge and teaching skills required to meet the needs of pupils in the three to seven age range.

One of your most important tools as a teacher will be your voice. You will learn how to use it effectively when addressing large groups of children and how to look after it. We will also develop your understanding of safeguarding children, giving you the important ability to spot the signs of vulnerable children.

You can choose from two different training models.

University-led: You will develop your theoretical knowledge at our Headingley Campus, which offers a superb learning environment, modern facilities and excellent resources. Your learning will be informed by the very latest research and the expertise of our supportive teaching staff. We will organise your extensive school placements so you can apply your knowledge in a classroom setting and your placements will be timetabled to fit with your taught seminars on campus.

School Direct: For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in your provider school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.

School Direct lead schools and alliances:

Meadowfield Primary School, Temple Newsam Learning Partnership

Mill Hills Primary School, Schools With Schools

Queensway Primary School, Aireborough Learning Partnership Schools

Spring Bank Primary School, Springboard Cluster

To view our full range of PGCEs, and for more information, please visit our teacher training pages.

We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training and you'll benefit from an experienced course team determined to help you realise your potential. You will become part of a supportive teaching community, learning from fellow students and swapping ideas on lesson plans, classroom experiences and teaching tips.

Thanks to a critically reflective approach to your learning, you will develop your own identity and teaching style and will feel empowered to deliver innovative lessons with confidence.

To help prepare you for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend an outdoor experience during induction, where you will meet your tutors and fellow trainees, start to cultivate your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to deliver stimulating lessons.

You will gain extensive training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools are located in and around Leeds, limiting your travelling time and giving you more time to spend on your lesson plans. You will complete three teaching placements in at least two contrasting schools, receiving support from your school mentor and University tutors.

You will learn from lecturers who have been practising teachers and are now active in educational research, benefiting from their practical experience and theoretical knowledge.

We will continue to support you in your career even when you have successfully completed your course. On successful completion of your course, you will be able to enrol on our Newly Qualified Teacher module, offering you another valuable element of support as you start your teaching career.

There's lots of support available to help you fund your teaching training. Depending on your degree class, the subject you want to teach and the training programme you follow, you could be eligible for a bursary, a scholarship or even a salary.

For more information, visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should have at least a 2:1 honours degree, or a 2:2 honours degree plus evidence of wider experience in a UK school or foundation setting relevant to Primary/Early Years education.
GCSEs:
All applicants must have grade C passes in GCSE English Language, Maths and a Science (or equivalent) before making their application. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.
Practical Experience:
Substantial classroom based work experience (at least 150 hours in the previous 24 months) in a UK Primary school must have been completed prior to you making your application. Other experience of working with children will be taken into consideration as long as it is in addition to classroom experience in a UK Primary school. One of the two Referees on your UTT form must be from a school-based setting which confirms the time you have spent in the classroom and comments on the contribution you have made.
Professional Skills Tests:
Applicants must have passed the Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before starting the course. Further information about registering for and completing these tests can be found on the Department for Education website.

You should look to complete both tests as soon as you have submitted your application. We encourage you to use the practice material available on the DfE website to help you decide whether you are ready to book a live test or whether you should undertake further preparation prior to taking the test.

Due to the popularity of this course, we will use selection criteria based on your personal attributes, experience and/or commitment to the area of study using information derived from your personal statement and reference. These will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements, and only if you are successful at this stage will you be invited to interview.

Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process. You will need to be available to attend an interview within 4 weeks of submitting your application. Interviews will be held from November 2016 onwards until such time as places are filled. The interview process has two main purposes:

  1. To establish whether you have the attributes that will enable you to cope with both the professional demands of the course and the related academic work;
  2. To give you the opportunity to explain what attracts you to teaching as a career and why you think you are a suitable candidate.
  3. The interview will involve a group activity, an individual interview, and a written task which is designed to demonstrate your ability for critical thought. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the course.

    Health and Enhanced Criminal History Checks
    Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

    The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements:Applicants should have at least a 2:1 honours degree, or a 2:2 honours degree plus evidence of wider experience in a UK school or foundation setting relevant to Primary/Early Years education.
GCSEs:
All applicants must have grade C passes in GCSE English Language, Maths and a Science (or equivalent) before making their application. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.
Practical Experience:
Substantial classroom based work experience (at least 150 hours in the previous 24 months) in a UK Primary school must have been completed prior to you making your application. Other experience of working with children will be taken into consideration as long as it is in addition to classroom experience in a UK Primary school. One of the two Referees on your UTT form must be from a school-based setting which confirms the time you have spent in the classroom and comments on the contribution you have made.
Professional Skills Tests:
Applicants must have passed the Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before starting the course. Further information about registering for and completing these tests can be found on the Department for Education website.

You should look to complete both tests as soon as you have submitted your application. We encourage you to use the practice material available on the DfE website to help you decide whether you are ready to book a live test or whether you should undertake further preparation prior to taking the test.

Due to the popularity of this course, we will use selection criteria based on your personal attributes, experience and/or commitment to the area of study using information derived from your personal statement and reference. These will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements, and only if you are successful at this stage will you be invited to interview.

Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process. You will need to be available to attend an interview within 4 weeks of submitting your application. Interviews will be held from November 2016 onwards until such time as places are filled. The interview process has two main purposes:

  1. To establish whether you have the attributes that will enable you to cope with both the professional demands of the course and the related academic work;
  2. To give you the opportunity to explain what attracts you to teaching as a career and why you think you are a suitable candidate.
  3. The interview will involve a group activity, an individual interview, and a written task which is designed to demonstrate your ability for critical thought. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the course.

    Health and Enhanced Criminal History Checks
    Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

    The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
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Careers

Natalie Storey

Careers

Natalie Storey
Reception Class Teacher Lilycroft Primary School

MA Childhood Studies and Early Years

“The modules on the MA allowed me to pick areas of study I could apply directly to my classroom practice. The course has given me many experiences to draw upon and it reflects the ever changing world of education.

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Tom Dobson
Dr Tom Dobson
Course Director
Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which focused on boys' writing during the transition stage from primary to secondary school. His thesis was recently published by Sense Academic Publishers.
Training to teach at Leeds Beckett University gives you the best of both worlds. On campus, you will benefit from the expertise of our published academics; in schools and settings, you will learn from outstanding partner teachers.
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