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Primary Education (Science) PGCE

Trainees following the Primary Science pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional specialist module in primary science. The science specialist module helps you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to teach science in a way which will interest and motivate children. It will prepare you to become a primary science subject leader in the future and improve your employability prospects.

Peer teaching and learning is encouraged and there is an emphasis on practical work. There are a number of field trips with opportunities provided for extending your learning in the outdoor environment.

Throughout your Primary PGCE you will receive support from your science and personal tutor.

The programme lasts 36 weeks and consists of University-based studies and school-based work.

Entry requirements

Applicants typically have a 2:1 degree in science or a related science subject degree and one or more A levels in a science or related science subject. Applicants should also have some voluntary or work experience of at least two weeks’ working with children in formal (schools) or informal (environmental centres, museums, etc) learning environments.

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

The programmes have 4 main components:

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 Science specialism (ESCM004)
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 Science 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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