- Degree: Minimum 2.2 Honours in any discipline.
- Applicants must have had a minimum of five days work experience (voluntary or paid) with pupils in a mainstream primary school.
Note: We would normally expect you to have Grade A - C in GCSE English, Maths and Science.
The entire interview process lasts about three hours. During the interview you will be asked to talk about a current educational issue. Please ensure you have done some research into current educational issues in advance of the interview. You could, for example, read recent editions of the Times Educational Supplement.
Our aim is to find out as much as we can about your attributes, skills, knowledge and understanding in order to shape training opportunities for you, should you be offered a place on the programme.
Your responses to these tasks and activities will be considered alongside all the other evidence to assess your suitability for the Primary PGCE programme.
During the individual interview you will be given the chance to talk with a tutor about the programme and any other issues that are relevant.
You will learn how to be a primary class teacher. By the end of the year, you will understand how to teach the entire primary curriculum to a class of 30 pupils, and be confident and competent in doing so.
You will leave the course with outstanding subject knowledge across the curriculum. You will have an understanding of how to plan and deliver engaging and motivating lessons and how to support your pupils’ progress.
You will learn how to identify the strength and needs of your pupils and make sure that everyone in your class is included and challenged.
You are going to understand how to assess pupils’ learning, how to spot the gaps in their learning and how to plan to fill those gaps. You will be equipped with a range of strategies to keep pupils enthused, engaged and motivated.
Everyone on the Primary PGCE learns how to teach the whole curriculum. We will give you the confidence and skills you need to teach every subject.
You will also have extra sessions that enhance your knowledge and understanding of teaching music in primary schools.
You will be able to think critically about the role of music in schools. You will learn what resources – the technology, the instruments, the outside agencies – are available to support music teaching, and how to evaluate them.
You will also develop your own musical skills and learn how to engage pupils in making music.