Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Primary
Course overviewOur one-year, full-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) leads to Qualified Teacher status as a primary teacher. Our Teacher Training for primary teachers covers Key Stages 1 and 2 (ages 5 to11) or Early Primary (ages 3 to 7). All students will also engage with modern languages in the curriculum.
You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the primary national curriculum, study effective teaching and learning methodology, and acquire the skills of a successful primary practitioner.
Our course integrates professional practice with academic enquiry. You will explore the different ways in which pupils develop and learn, and how you can support and develop learning.
This course will prepare you to teach the whole primary curriculum. You will be introduced to creativity, communication, English, mathematics, modern-language teaching, science, foundation subjects and professional values through a variety of approaches, including workshops, lectures, online activities, seminars and classroom-based activities. Our sessions are enjoyable, interactive and demanding.
This course is offered at Masters degree level only.
This practice-focused module will explore the place and purpose of the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Computer Science within the primary curriculum. You will have the opportunity to learn about subject pedagogy and to explore its application in a school context.
This module will provide you with an initial experience of teaching and learning in a primary school environment. You will observe and shadow a classroom teacher and a range of other practitioners who support learning in the primary classroom and school. This will enable you to develop an awareness and understanding of the context of primary learning, informing your practice.
This module develops the confidence and competence to lead learning and meet the professional standards to achieve Qualified Teacher Status. As with the Developing Classroom Practice module, the skills for teaching are developed with the support of an experienced mentor, and there will again be opportunities to observe, shadow and interact with a range of professionals. There will also be preparation for the induction year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.
This module focuses on integrating current key theories, themes and issues in education (e.g. behaviour, inclusion and assessment) with current practice in schools, and so addresses professional development as a critically reflective teacher.
Taking a thematic approach and delivered as a series of workshops, this module will develop innovative and imaginative approaches to the delivery of the primary curriculum through the identification of appropriate themes and topics. This module is underpinned by the subjects covered in the Essential Curriculum module and the foundation areas of learning.
AssessmentA variety of modes of assessment are used, including school-based tasks, plans, evaluations, case studies, presentations, written assignments, observations and portfolios. These have carefully been designed to provide you with a variety of ways of reaching success. You will have the opportunity to assess your own progress through core subject audits and to undertake supported independent study. During each block school experience you will be assessed against the government standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.
Hours of studyThe course is full-time and you're expected to attend lectures, which may be from 9am to 6pm over a full week. When on school placement you're expected to be in school from 8.15am to 5.30pm, at the discretion of the headteacher.
FacilitiesWe have a select number of specialist rooms including: one dedicated science laboratory; two dedicated art rooms; one room equipped for design and technology; two collaborative ICT learning suites; and a fully-resourced gym.
Professional recognitionProvided all elements of the course have been successfully achieved, we will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status to teach primary students from the ages of 3-7 or to 5-11. The Qualified Teacher Status is awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
Work placementsYou will be placed in two different schools to enable you to meet the professional standards for Qualified Teacher Status. The school experience is a total 18 weeks and covers the full age range you are training to teach. The taught part of our course and the school experience run concurrently. You will be attached to two different partnership schools, one each semester, where you will have opportunities to develop your teaching in a supportive environment. You will be supported by a named mentor in the school and a link tutor from Anglia Ruskin. You will also spend time in an educational setting away from a school.
Associated careersAfter graduating, you will be ideally equipped to enter the teaching profession. Employment prospects are good, with many of our partnership schools employing former trainee teachers from Anglia Ruskin University.
School-based trainingYou will undertake two school experiences, where you will be supported by a visiting tutor and a school-based mentor. The experiences total 120 days in school and cover the full age range you are training to teach. The taught part of this course and the school experience run concurrently. You will be attached to two different partnership schools, one each semester, where you will have opportunities to develop your teaching in a supportive environment.
You will be advised of your school experience placement after the start of the academic year. Our Partnership Office will contact you for details of your term-time address before the start of the course. Every endeavour will be made to find a school placement within a reasonable distance of where you live. You should, however, be prepared to travel up to 35 miles where necessary. Your journey may take up to 1˝ hours.
Our university will accept the GCSE Equivalency Testing in English, Mathematics and Science from www.equivalencytesting.com. However, applicants are advised to contact Anglia Ruskin if they have any queries before undertaking an equivalency test or submitting their application to seek verification.
All applicants must have completed two weeks experience in a mainstream UK State Primary School classroom within the last 12 months prior to application.
Acceptable GCSE Science qualifications
- GCSE - Science / Biology / Chemistry / Physics / Core Science - Grade C or above
- IGCSE - Science / Biology / Chemistry / Physics - Grade C or above
- CSE - Science / Biology / Chemistry / Physics - Grade 1
- O Level - Science / Biology / Chemistry / Physics - Grade C or above
- Intermediate GNVQ Science (6 Unit) - Pass
- BTEC First Diploma in Applied Science (Award or Certificate) - Merit or Distinction
- Open University Module prefixed with the letter 'S' - Pass
- Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary) Science / Biology / Chemistry / Physics - Grade C or above
- Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher) Science / Biology / Chemistry / Physics - Grade D or above
- OCR National, Level 2 Science - Pass
ExpectationsWe expect you to have thoroughly researched the role of a primary school teacher and to have gained a minimum of 2 weeks recent (within the last 12 months) UK experience in a State Primary School classroom at the point of application. Due to the highly competitive nature of the application process you'll need to be very clear in your personal statement and interview why you want to become a teacher, the skills involved and what you can bring to the profession. In line with government requirements, ideally you should have passed the literacy and numeracy skills tests prior to interview. If not, then these would be a condition of any offer.
Booked holiday arrangementsAnglia Ruskin will not permit teacher training students to take holidays outside the identified holiday dates. You're advised to cancel previously arranged holidays.
Short listingShort listing is where your application is assessed to ensure your qualifications meet our entry requirements and your personal statement is relevant. From this assessment a judgement is reached on suitability to be interviewed. Non attendance at an arranged interview, without prior explanation, will result in your application being withdrawn.
InterviewsIf your application is shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview at Anglia Ruskin. This interview will comprise of a talk about the course, a literacy assessment, a presentation and an individual interview. The interview is a crucial part of the application process and it's important to attend. If you chose not to attend an interview it is essential to inform us as this will allow another suitable candidate to be interviewed.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) formerly Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)An enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure is a check with police forces and local authorities in the UK to ascertain whether or not you are suitable to work with certain groups of vulnerable people. These checks are required to be carried out on all prospective students to ensure the safety of our client group. Further information on DBS disclosure will be sent out with offer letters to successful applicants.
We welcome applications from International and EU students. Please select one of the links below for English language and country-specific entry requirement information.
Cambridge Ruskin International College, an associate college of Anglia Ruskin, which is located on our Cambridge campus.
How to apply
Teaching times*This course is full-time and you're expected to attend lectures, which may be from 9.00am-6.00pm over a full week. When on school placement you're expected to be in school from 8.15am-5.30pm, at the discretion of the headteacher.
Fees & funding
Open DayWednesday 19 March
Postgraduate Open Day
FacultyHealth, Social Care & Education
Contact usUK and EU applicants:
- Call 01245 493131
- Complete enquiry form
- Call +44 (0)1223 698609
- Complete enquiry form
* Teaching days are subject to change each academic year. Timings are also dependent on any optional modules you chose and are for guidance, so we advise all applicants to wait until they are in receipt of their timetable before making arrangements around course times.