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Liverpool John Moores University

PGDE Initial Teacher Training (Primary - choice of specialism)

Become an outstanding Primary teacher at LJMU. Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 3-7 or 5-11 age range.

  • Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher of 3-7 or 5-11 year olds (see Details tab for range of courses)
  • Enjoy placements supported by excellent teacher mentors
  • Qualify with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education featuring 120 Masters-level credits (ours is one of the few ITT courses to offer this) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the same cost and length of study as a PGCE
  • Spend 120 days on school placement, predominantly in a ‘Home School’
  • Go on to complete your MA in your first year of employment and look forward to excellent career development opportunities

Our PGDE Primary programmes are designed to prepare you for a career as an innovative and creative teacher. You will be trained by highly experienced academic staff and school mentors.

At Foundation level our philosophy centres around a commitment to learning and teaching through play and interaction. This should not be seen as a ‘soft option’, but as a challenging and rigorous approach, which requires high level planning, organisation, intervention and assessment.

Training to teach the 5-11 age range, on the other hand, focuses on lectures and workshops which will enable you to explore pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning across all National Curriculum subjects with a particular focus on the core subjects, including the teaching of Phonics.

The professional experience you acquire during your studies, alongside University input will enable you to develop your ability to plan, teach and manage learning in different settings and socio-economic contexts.

The University has a well-established reputation for delivering innovative approaches to teacher education. Our academic team is made up of successful teachers who maintain strong links with schools and professional bodies, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date training and key insights into the field during your course.

Our emphasis is on developing teachers who are reflective practitioners able to apply a deep understanding of the curriculum, learners and learning to provide the very best and most appropriate learning opportunities for all children, with a positive impact on their development and achievement.

The professional experience you acquire during your studies, alongside University input will enable you to develop your ability to plan, teach and manage learning in different settings and socio-economic contexts.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:1 degree (or recognised equivalent). Strong applicants with a 2:2 will be considered if they have significant school experience prior to application
  • a demonstrable interest in and enthusiasm for teaching within the primary age range. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the curriculum, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in an educational setting engaging with children within the appropriate age range is required prior to interview
  • GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade 4/C (or above) or equivalent qualifications – level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable

Additional information:

  • RPL is not accepted on this programme 
  • IELTS score 7.0 (Minimum 6.5 in each component)
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection event 
  • If you accept a formal offer from LJMU you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children

You are required by the Department for Education to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found on the Get into Teaching website

Course modules

We offer a number of programmes in primary education, the details of which you will find below. There is a choice of subject specialisms and the option to select the Key Stage you wish to teach.

  • Primary Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 (3-7 years) with QTS PGDE
  • PGDE Primary Key Stage 1/2 (5-11 years) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Primary with Mathematics Specialism (5-11 years) with QTS PGDE
  • Primary with Physical Education Specialism (5-11 years) and QTS PGDE

An insight into teaching on your course:

Study hours

University-based study includes: 

  • a full-time block of three weeks at the start of the course
  • one day per week until January
  • week-long, full-time study blocks between January and June
  • a number of conference days

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

Teaching methods

  • You will learn via lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, group discussion and reflection, problem solving and micro-teaching. You will also make use of our online learning environment. 
  • You will be allocated a Teacher Mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your Mentor will be supported by your LJMU Tutor who will visit your school several times to monitor your progress. Additional professional development sessions are organised in school during placements.  
  • Tutorial support is an important part of the LJMU learning process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve your potential. Your Personal Tutor will support your academic and professional development and will meet with you formally during the year.

Applied learning

  • You will spend 120 days spent on school placement.
  • Placements are organised in our partnership schools in the Greater Merseyside area. For the majority of the training you will gain your teaching experience in a 'Home School' with a six week placement in an 'alternative' school after Christmas. 
  • School-based training involves the preparation and delivery of learning sequences and lessons to small groups and whole classes of learners, with expectations and workload increasing during the course. This work is supported by a Teacher-Mentor who will enhance your professional learning experience in school.

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods include: critical reflections on research and practice, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences, presentations and a portfolio of professional activities.

You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and maintain a professional development portfolio.

A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ standards required will be based on observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.

Fees

Full-time PGDE students are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students

You will have access to:

  • a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees
  • a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
  • a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
  • a means-tested LJMU Bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back

For further information see our teacher training funding pages.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGDE Full time £ 9,250 (Academic year) Home/EU 12 Months

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