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PGCE Primary with Music

Course overview

Start date

September 2018

Subject area

Teacher Training Primary

Attendance

Full-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

Our primary teacher education courses are designed for graduates who are committed to becoming primary school teachers. 

All trainees learn how to teach the entire primary curriculum as well as choosing a particular route. The Primary PGCE with Music route gives you additional expertise in supporting the teaching and learning of music. It is not essential to be a musician, but you should feel strongly about the important role of music in primary schools. 

East London offers multicultural, multilingual and particularly vibrant schools in which to train, but your training at UEL will qualify you to teach anywhere in England or Wales.

UEL’s PGCE team is made up of experienced primary 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. Part of our mission is 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 male.

Contact us

If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk.

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94%

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.

QTS

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.

30%

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.

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Fees and funding

What's on offer?

Home and EU students studying for a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) may be eligible for a tax-free bursary from the government, worth up to £30,000. These are paid in ten instalments from October to July, directly to your UK bank account, starting in October each academic year.

Who's eligible?

As a PGCE student, your eligibility for financial support and the amount you receive depends on the subject you plan to teach - as well as your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification.

For more information on the funding available visit the Get Into Teaching website.

How do I apply?

Please submit completed PGCE Bursary application form either at Docklands/Stratford Student Hub or post to Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART), University of East London, Docklands campus, 4-6 University Way, London, E16 2RD.

Please refer to the PGCE Guidance Notes for information on eligibility, payment details and implications of leaving your programme with regards to the PGCE bursary.

Refer to the application form to provide bank details to receive bursary payments, where eligible. If for any reason you decide to defer or withdraw from your PGCE programme email thehub@uel.ac.uk promptly to prevent any overpayments which will be reclaimed.

Applications will be available from August 2018.



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There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL

•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer Full information on making payments can be found here

If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email cashiers@uel.ac.uk








The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444





Tuition fees
UK/EU
£9,250
A Tuition Fee Loan may be available to help you with this cost.
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

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 pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.













Deposits and paying by instalments

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.








Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk






Tuition fees
International
£12,480

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

From
Degree
Minimum 2:2 Honours

All applicants MUST have GCSE English, Maths and Science grade A*-C.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY

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.

Applicants must pass a Skills Test in Literacy and Numeracy prior to starting the course.

Please look at http://www.uel.ac.uk/cass/teachertraining/secondary/offerholders/qts/ for more information.

You will need to demonstrate through the application form and at interview that you:

  • can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in standard English
  • possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher
  • have the intellectual and academic capabilities needed to meet the Teachers’ Standards


The process of selection will involve:

  • scrutiny of the GTTR form
  • an English task
  • a mathematics task
  • an assessed collaborative activity



Applicants are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for Regulated Activity.

As you will have close contact with children and/or vulnerable adults on the PGCE programme, you will be required to have a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure Certificate. You will be contacted directly by the UEL Applicant Checks Officer in the Admissions Office with further details of the process and a disclosure application form.

School Direct Salaried trainees must complete a DBS application with your employing school and also get health clearance from your employing school.

You need to complete this check before you start the programme because you cannot go on any school visit if your form has not been returned.

Trainee teachers can refer to the attached UCET guidance  and the Guide to Disclosure and Health Screening Procedures relating to DBS checks and teacher trainees.

Further details can be obtained by emailing the Applicant Checks Officer at crbappchecks@uel.ac.uk

It is a legal requirement that you are assessed as fit to teach in order to be given an unconditional offer on our programmes. Teaching is a demanding activity and there are fitness requirements set by the Department for Education for applicants to teacher training.  

Maitland Medical undertakes the screening process for physical and mental fitness to teach. An online questionnaire must be completed and a fee of £55.00 must be paid upon submission. You will need to contact Maitland Medical at mail@maitlandmedical.co.uk or phone 0208 295 8250 if you need a paper questionnaire or guidance on the process. Full submission and payment details are included on the questionnaire.

Maitland Medical will notify UEL when an assessment has been made so that we can update our records. These records will be checked prior to your placements to ensure that you are fully cleared to attend.

Trainee teachers with special needs and/or disabilities are very successful on our programmes particularly when they disclose their needs before registration. If you do have a particular need or disability we strongly encourage you to disclose this as soon as possible so that we can assess the level of support you may need and to which you are entitled.

Trainee teachers can refer to the attached UCET guidance  and the Guide to Disclosure and Health Screening Procedures relating to DBS checks and teacher trainees.

Further details can be obtained by emailing the Applicant Checks Officer at crbappchecks@uel.ac.uk


Applicants who have not obtained a GCSE award via a recognised exam board such as AQA, Pearson Edexcel or OCR will need to sit a recognised equivalency test. You will have the option to state if you are applying for an Equivalency Exam on your UCAS application.


UEL equivalency test

Applicants holding an offer at UEL conditional on GCSE English, Maths or Science will have the option of sitting our internal GCSE Equivalency Test. The Equivalency Tests are valid for our institution and PGCE programmes only. Employers may not accept in lieu of a full GCSE qualification award.

Further information (including available dates, cost and how to book) will be sent if we can offer you a place.

A Star Teacher’s Equivalency Exam

A Star Teachers offer a number of equivalency tests – Further information is available at https://courses.astarteachers.co.uk/shop/

Non-UK qualifications

GCSE equivalent qualifications taken outside the UK will be assessed in line with NARIC and NCTL guidance.


If you hold a degree or qualifications from a non-UK institution, you must verify their equivalence through the National Recognition Information Centre for the UK (NARIC). Please go to http://www.naric.org.uk for information on their services.



You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

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.

What you'll study and when

[Foundation courses]

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, contributing to your understanding of teaching and learning and carrying academic credit, leading to the award of a PGCE.  At the end of the course, when you have met the Teachers’ Standards and completed the assignments we will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and award you the PGCE.

You will complete two Level 7 (Master’s Level) assignments.  Both of these will require you to think about your own practice in the classroom.  You will need to read and understand literature that talks about ‘good practice’ and you will be expected to write about your own practice in the light of this literature.  The 60 Level 7 credits will contribute to the PGCE award.

Your future career

By working alongside schools and local authorities in our region, we are helping to meet the need for teachers in our local area and many of our students are offered posts by our partner schools. Some trainees have been offered jobs at schools where they have spent their placement.

Backed by our good 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 the University of East London.

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