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Primary Education (Humanities) PGCE

Trainees following the Primary Humanities pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional specialist module in primary humanities

A practical and interactive course, the humanities pathway focuses on the methods, skills and processes distinct to teaching history and geography. It will prepare you to teach creatively through experiencing fieldwork, active learning and relating theory to practice. You will consider links to other curriculum areas and education for citizenship.

Taught through seminars and workshops, there is an emphasis on collaborative group work as well as self-study and the programme aims to prepare you to take on the role of humanities coordinator as your career develops.

Entry requirements

We are looking for graduates with a good, well-rounded academic profile, usually a 2:1 degree (or above) with at least an A level in history and/or geography and prior relevant experience of working with primary age children.

Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C. Please note that although the NCTL requirement is a grade C, we will generally only consider applicants with a grade B or above in Mathematics and English and a grade C in Science.

Course modules

Primary Educational and Professional Studies (EPSM000)
This module covers fundamental educational issues, which contribute to professional knowledge and understanding. Key areas addressed include race, gender, children's rights and responsibilities, citizenship, inclusion, special needs, behaviour management, and organising for children's learning.

Primary Curriculum Studies (EDUM033)
You are given substantial preparation for teaching the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Arts, Physical Education (PE), Humanities, Music and Modern Languages (ML) through taught sessions combined with self-directed activities based in the University or carried out in school. There is a particular emphasis on the teaching of reading and numeracy to reflect national concerns. ICT is taught  within subjects.

Primary Professional Learning (EDUM034)
The University has excellent working relationships with its partnership schools, all of which have mentors trained by the University who are responsible for students' learning and development. You will initially work in pairs with groups of children, before working independently with the whole class.

Primary Humanities specialism (EHUM009)
The principal aims of the module are to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the background issues and practice of the current teaching of Humanities in the primary school, and to enable them to meet the Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (DfES, 2002).

Assessment methods

Through University and school-based assignments. There are no formal exams. Students are also required to pass the Government's numeracy and literacy tests.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 36 Weeks
PGCE Full-time £ 16,500 (Whole course) International 36 Weeks

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