PGCE Primary with Early Years (3-7)
Teaching and Education
This primary teacher education course is designed for graduates who are committed to becoming primary school teachers. It trains you to teach the three to seven age range.
As a trainee, you will learn how to teach the entire primary curriculum as well as choosing a particular route. The Early Years route is designed for graduates who are interested in teaching children aged three to seven, but this will not restrict you to working with this age group.
East London offers multicultural, multilingual and vibrant schools in which to learn, but your training at UEL will qualify you to teach anywhere in England or Wales.
UEL’s PGCE team is made up of experienced practitioners who have worked in a range of primary and Early Years settings across London as classroom teachers, curriculum co-ordinators, advisory teachers and school leaders.
At UEL you will be part of a diverse community of students. We want to bring to east London a teacher workforce that reflects the local community and, in 2013-14, 24 per cent of our Primary PGCE trainees were men.
of graduates working in teaching
Within six months of completing the course, 94 per cent of UEL Primary PGCE trainees have secured a teaching post.
Qualified Teacher Status
The University of East London has a particularly strong track record of supporting men and trainees from culturally diverse groups to gain Qualified Teacher Status.
of new teachers in Redbridge came from UEL
In September 2014, the London Borough of Redbridge recruited 132 Newly Qualified Teachers, its highest number to date. Of these, 30 per cent came from UEL.
Primary PGCE With Music 2014-2015
"A PGCE course at UEL is a great starting block for teaching in east London. Having not worked in the education sector before, I found the initial weeks of lectures gave me a good grounding and strong introduction to the teaching practice. You do three placements, which is a great opportunity to work with different year groups and experience a variety of school environments. The lecturers are really supportive throughout.”
Fees and funding
Tuition Fee Loan
You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.
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As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA page for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.
International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.
After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.
All applicants MUST have GCSE English, Maths and Science grade A*-C.
What you'll learn
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.
Everyone on the Primary PGCE learns how to teach the whole curriculum. You will also have extra sessions that improve your practice and understanding of teaching in nursery, reception and Key Stage 1 classes.
Early Years sessions will focus on the learning environment, observation, assessment and planning, characteristics of effective learning and working with families and carers.
“You grow to expect the unexpected in east London. When the unexpected confronts you in your teaching career, you’ll be ready,” says Andrew Read, Head of Primary Initial Teacher Education. “You get a rich experience in east London, in particular working with pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and pupils for whom English is an additional language.”
What you'll study
We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.
- Learning and teaching across the curriculum and effective pedagogy (core)
- Developing and extending understanding of a specific area/subject (Early Years) (core)
- Professional practice: inclusive practice in multicultural urban settings(core)
- Developing Understanding and Skills in English and Mathematics (core)
- Managing Professional Change and Development : active inquiry leading to classroom intervention (option)
- Critical Incidents in Teaching (core)
- Technology-enhanced Learning (core)
How you'll be assessed
You are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards, leading to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You also have to complete assignments that contribute to your understanding of teaching and learning and carry academic credit, leading to the award of a PGCE.
You will complete two Level 7 (master’s level) assignments. For both of these you will need to read and understand literature about good practice and then think and write about your own practice. The 60 Level 7 credits will contribute to the PGCE award.Course specification
How you'll learn
There will be one keynote lecture a week, with follow-up seminars in which you will discuss aspects of teaching, such as behaviour management and pupil progress, with your fellow trainees.
During this initial period, Mondays will be spent in primary schools or nurseries observing. Here, you will develop your understanding by watching examples of good or outstanding practice.
In addition, you will spend further sessions throughout the year focusing on Early Years. Each PWR session will have a specific focus. There will be pre-session reading, tasks and research to complete in addition to your usual PGCE studies and assignments.
You can also join a shared wiki space where members of the group will be able to keep in touch, upload tasks and share resources.
There are three blocks of full-time school-based training on the course, each eight weeks long. It is likely that two of these will be in the Early Years Foundation Stage and one in Key Stage 1.
Your first placement usually begins in the middle of October. Your UEL tutors will decide where you go on placement and arrange for it to be as convenient as possible for you.
You will be teaching, not helping, on the placement. You will start off working with groups of pupils but your role is not to help the teacher – it is to support and increase the pupils’ learning.
You will have a school-based mentor (a teacher employed by the school) as well as a professional tutor from UEL who will visit you during each placement. This is partly to moderate and assess the quality of your work, but also to give you support, guidance and feedback.
In principle, your three placements will be in different schools. However, schools sometimes ask for trainees to return for a second placement.
Your future career
Schools and local authorities have told us that they think our trainees are of a high standard. OFSTED’s 2012 inspection report quotes one school as saying, “They arrive in schools ready to start teaching and are well prepared for the rigours of the classroom.”
Backed by UEL’s excellent reputation, you will have a head start when it comes to securing a teaching post.
And when you are in a post and decide that you wish to take your academic qualifications further, we can help you to continue your academic and professional development.
Your PGCE will earn you 60 master’s level credits, which can count towards further qualifications on master’s courses at UEL.