Bath Spa University Early Years PGCE
The PGCE course provides the ultimate teaching package – subject experts to impart their wisdom, placements in a variety of schools across the region, and even the opportunity to perform Shakespeare and sing in a gospel choir!”
- Provision rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, September 2015.
- Play an important role in young people’s lives; inspire passion and create enthusiasm.
- Tax-free bursaries of up to £3,000 for primary PGCE students.
Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools and early years settings, our Primary teacher training programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring teacher.
There are a number of age phases and specialist pathways to consider, through which you’ll achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS):
- PGCE Primary and Early Years (3-7 age phase)
UCAS CODE: X110
- PGCE Primary and Early Years (5-11 age phase) with options to specialise in English, Science, SEN/D and Modern Languages
UCAS CODE: X100
- PGCE Primary and Early Years (7-11 age phase) with options to specialise in English, Science, SEN/D and Modern Languages
UCAS CODE: X174
Our full-time programmes last for approximately 40 weeks; you’ll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the teacher training programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools.
“The PGCE course provides the ultimate teaching package – subject experts to impart their wisdom, placements in a variety of schools across the region, and even the opportunity to perform Shakespeare and sing in a gospel choir!”
Edward Powe, PGCE Primary and Early Years graduate
What you’ll learn
While you’re a Bath Spa teacher, you’ll explore models of teaching and the many ways in which children learn. Emphasis is placed on how parents and carers, families, schools and communities can impact children’s learning and well-being.
When you complete your initial teacher training, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills and confidence that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.
We’ll encourage you to think critically about research, national initiatives and classroom practice, as well as supporting you in the process of reflective evaluation.
You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops covering the following key strands: English, Maths, Science, Professional Studies, Teaching in a Diverse Society and Teachers as Researchers.
You’ll be placed in at least two schools or settings, meaning you’ll become familiar with their work and the nature of teaching.
This is your opportunity to practise your developing teaching skills. During school training you’ll be able to reflect on your university training in the context of children’s learning environments.
How will I be assessed?
You’ll be required to undertake a range of assignments which assess your understanding of theories and practices relating to teaching.
In addition, you’re required to pass two assessed school/setting phases which will demonstrate your skills in planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating.
How will I be taught?
We’ll help you monitor and track your progress; offering you advice on how to improve your performance as a teacher. You will be assigned an Academic Tutor who will regularly meet with you to review your progress, as well as visiting you during your assessed school training. During school training you will also be supported by a school-based mentor.