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PGCE Primary (EYFS/KS1 full-time)

The Early Years Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 full-time route will prepare students for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in line with the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards (2012). UCL works in partnership with around 200 primary schools, nurseries and children’s centres to enable students to fully prepare to be a primary teacher with an EY/KS1 focus.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

This programme comprises 36 weeks in total. 12 weeks based at the IOE and 24 weeks based in school experience.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 October 2018
Close: 9 August 2019
Early application is advised as programmes may close as soon as places are filled. Applicants should check the government website for the latest vacancy information.

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU: £9,250 (FT)
Overseas: £17,620 (FT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.

Level: Primary
Age range: 3–7
Accreditation:

Students who successfully complete this programme will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

First degree

A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. For Primary Specialist Mathematics, a Mathematics degree or degrees with significant Mathematics content would be an advantage.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) tests

None

A levels

No specific subjects required.

GCSEs

English Language, Science and Mathematics at grade C / 5 or above. Applicants who do not offer a GCSE in English Language, Science or Mathematics may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing a test via www.equivalencytesting.com and achieving at least a grade 5. We do not accept "applied" or "additional" GCSE subjects.

School experience

Prospective students must have a minimum of ten days of school experience in primary schools before they can be enrolled on the Primary PGCE. We recommend this include five days in one class and five in a range of classes and key stages in one or more schools. This may involve observations, work experience (e.g. as a teaching assistant or cover supervisor), or voluntary work. Ideally applicants should have completed some of their school experience before interview.

DBS and Occupational Health

If you are made an offer you will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. The total cost of these checks is £135. These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental health to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults. More details can be found on the Entry requirements page.

Skills tests

All applicants must successfully complete professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before they can enrol. More information can be found on the Get Into Teaching website.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Visa information

This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting September.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this programme

Students on this programme will have the opportunity to develop into effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers. On completion of the programme students will have a clear understanding of progression, since the QTS qualification applies to the whole primary age-range, whilst a student's teaching experience will be in early years foundation stage (EYFS) and KS1.

Students undertake two Master’s-level (level 7) modules as part of the PGCE with a total of 60 Master’s credits on successful completion.

The programme consists of three core modules, two at Master’s-level (level 7) and one at Undergraduate-level (level 6) and three school placements.

The Early Years Pathway is part of the Primary PGCE. Students will be qualified to teach the 3-11 age range but will specialise in teaching children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (Ages 3-7). 

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study. Students will be supported though a virtual learning environment and will participate in school placements. Assessment is through assignments, presentations, audits, feedback and tutorials. A final assessment is based on a range of evidence including observations of teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study.

Placement

As part of the programme students will spend time in placement at a school or Early Years Centre, during which time their teaching experience will be supported by a tutor and mentor. Students will spend 120 days on placements.


Additional costs

None


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

This programme provides graduates with an excellent preparation for their first job teaching in a primary school, as well as moving on to key stage coordinator roles, other leadership positions and eventually headships. These roles include classroom teachers, mentors to PGCE students, deputy and assistant headteachers, headteachers and educational consultants.

Employability

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Primary PGCE provision was rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in 2013. IOE graduates are highly sought after in schools and colleges throughout London and the UK.

Why study this programme at UCL?

Students on the Primary PGCE (EYFS/KS1 full-time) programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools, EY settings and at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

Primary PGCE (EYFS/KS1 full-time) students spend time in school observing across the Foundation stage and Key Stages 1 and 2, and they gain experience of teaching across Early Years and Key Stage 1. Students will learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects and the EYFS curriculum. They will also select one subject for specialist study from the range that we offer (i.e. Literacy, Geography, Mathematics, Music, Computing, MFL and Science).

Accreditation:

Students who successfully complete this programme will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Department: Institute of Education

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suited to those wishing to gain Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) for teaching in a UK maintained (state-funded) school and who have fulfilled the appropriate entry requirements. This route to QTS and a PGCE is suited to people wishing to gain experience in Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 in particular.

Application deadlines

All applicants
9 August 2019

Early application is advised as programmes may close as soon as places are filled. Applicants should check the government website for the latest vacancy information.


For more information see our Applications page.

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