Cardiff Metropolitan University Pgce

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Cardiff Metropolitan University Pgce

Cardiff Metropolitan University Pgce

Primary – PGCE


Course Overview

​The PGCE Primary programme is taught from one of the largest centres of teacher training in Wales and the UK. It has been designed to provide students with a variety of challenging experiences with a ​continuum of school and university work, in order to prepare students to become primary teachers and to enable them to meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

​Students can opt to follow either the Foundation Phase route or Key St​age 2​ route.​​

Please note this course starts on 4th September 2017.

Please note that it is very likely that Standards for Qualified Teacher Status will change in June 2017 to be implemented for programmes starting in September 2017. This is a Welsh Government directive.

For more information on how to become a teacher or further your teaching career, visit the Discover Teaching Wales website.

​Course Content​​

School Based Component

The School based component is undertaken in our excellent range of SEWCTET partnership schools and is an integral part of the programme.  Students will spend a total of 120 days in school, which is predominantly arranged on a 4:1 split. This means that Monday – Thursday is spent on school placement whilst Friday is spent in university. This allows for clear links to be made between theory and practice and for the skills associated with being a reflective practitioner to be developed.

A key part of the development of the reflective practitioner is enquiry based learning to encourage student teachers to reflect critically on learners, their own practice, and to develop an independent, enquiri​ng approach to their professional development. This is achieved through the completion of “Learning Packages” that focus on key educational priority aspects. The packages scaffold the student teacher in id​​enti​fying their own areas of interest and to improve their practice in systematic ways, as they are more able to closely examine the issues and acquire newfound knowledge that is readily retained.

University Based Sessions​

The university-based sessions include either experience in the Areas of Learning outlined in the Foundation Phase or the subjects outlined in the National Curriculum orders. All university-based modules are studied at Master’s level, allowing 60 credits to be achieved. The module ‘Learning and Teaching’ consists of three constituent parts:

  • Learning & Teaching 1: Professional Studies
  • Learning & Teaching 2: Literacy and Numeracy
  • Learning & Teaching 3: Curriculum focus

All parts of the programme complement each other and specific links are made with the School Experience module.  The module as a whole develops students’ conceptual understanding of fundamental principles of primary education and pedagogical aspects related specifically to Foundation Phase or Key Stage 2 (depending on route chosen).

Time commitment required

The school-based element requires students to be in school for the normal working school day as well as additional time before and after school for preparation and meetings.
A similar professional commitment is required of students when undertaking the university-based element of the programme.