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PGCE Primary with Science

Course overview

Start date

September 2018

Subject area

Cass School of Education and Communities

Attendance

Full-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

This primary teacher education course is designed for graduates who are committed to becoming primary school teachers. It trains you to teach children in the five-to-11 age range.

As a trainee you will learn how to teach the entire primary curriculum as well as choosing a particular route. The Primary PGCE with Science route is for graduates who are enthusiastic about promoting science in schools. You will leave the course ready to become a Science Champion at your first teaching post.

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.

Our 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 coordinators, 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.

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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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Hester Enthoven

Primary PGCE student 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.

Entry requirements

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Minimum 2:2 Honours

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

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(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.

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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 will understand how to assess pupils’ learning, how to spot the gaps in their learning and how to plan to fill those gaps.

Everyone on the Primary PGCE learns how to teach the whole curriculum. The Science route will also enhance your knowledge, understanding and practice of science.

You will learn to think critically about the importance of science and its cultural impact. You will find out how learning outside the classroom can provide new experiences for pupils and help them enjoy learning about science by making the most of London’s unique resources.

You will also explore the role of Science Champions in promoting science at this level, and how to help your colleagues create links between science and other subjects across the curriculum.

“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 and when

  • Learning and teaching across the curriculum and effective pedagogy (core)
  • Developing and extending understanding of a specific area/subject (Science) (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

You will spend most of the first seven weeks at the Cass School of Education and Communities, in our purpose-built education building. Here we will look at pedagogy (how to teach) and curriculum (what to teach). You will develop your knowledge of all subjects and your understanding of how to support pupils’ learning across the curriculum.

There will be one keynote lecture per 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 schools observing. Here, you will develop your understanding of learning and teaching by watching examples of good or outstanding practice.

In addition, you will spend 12 hours over the year developing your knowledge and understanding of primary science. 

Each session will have a specific focus and before each one there will be reading, tasks and research to complete. You can also join a shared Wiki space, where you can 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. Your first teaching placement will usually start 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

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.

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.

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