PGCE Primary and Early Years

PGCE

Initial Teacher Education

Key facts

Award
Options: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary and Early Years, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary and Early Years.
School
Institute for Education
Course length
One year full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: X100 or X174 (depending on pathway)
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

See 'What we look for in potential students' for more information.

Make a difference to the lives of young children, by becoming a teacher through our Ofsted Outstanding rated programme.

  • Provision rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, September 2015.
  • Play an important role in young people’s lives; inspire passion and create enthusiasm.
  • Tax-free bursaries of up to £3,000 for primary PGCE students.

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools and early years settings, this course will support you to become an innovative and inspiring teacher.

There are a number of age phases and specialist pathways to consider, through which you’ll achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS):

  • PGCE Primary and Early Years (3-7 age phase)
    UCAS CODE: X110
  • PGCE Primary and Early Years (5-11 age phase) with options to specialise in English, Science, SEN/D and Modern Languages
    UCAS CODE: X100
  • PGCE Primary and Early Years (7-11 age phase) with options to specialise in English, Science, SEN/D and Modern Languages
    UCAS CODE: X174

Our full-time programmes last for approximately 40 weeks; you’ll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools.

"The PGCE course provides the ultimate teaching package – subject experts to impart their wisdom, placements in a variety of schools across the region, and even the opportunity to perform Shakespeare and sing in a gospel choir!"

Edward Powe, PGCE Primary and Early Years graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

While you’re a Bath Spa Teacher, you’ll explore models of teaching and the many ways in which children learn. Emphasis is placed on how parents and carers, families, schools and communities can impact children’s learning and well-being.

When you graduate, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills and confidence that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.

Course components

University training
We’ll encourage you to think critically about research, national initiatives and classroom practice, as well as supporting you in the process of reflective evaluation.

You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops covering the following key strands:  English, Maths, Science, Professional Studies, Teaching in a Diverse Society and Teachers as Researchers.

School training
You’ll be placed in at least two schools or settings, meaning you’ll become familiar with their work and the nature of teaching.

This is your opportunity to practise your developing teaching skills. During school training you’ll be able to reflect on your university training in the context of children’s learning environments.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be required to undertake a range of assignments which assess your understanding of theories and practices relating to teaching.

In addition, you’re required to pass two assessed school/setting phases which will demonstrate your skills in planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating.

How will I be taught?

We’ll help you monitor and track your progress; offering you advice on how to improve your performance as a teacher. You will be assigned an Academic Tutor who will regularly meet with you to review your progress, as well as visiting you during your assessed school training. During school training you will also be supported by a school-based mentor.

Opportunities

Careers

This PGCE programme produces high calibre teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to enter a career in teaching.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

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2019/20 Entry

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Year 1 Published Jan 2019
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UK and EU students part time

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UK and EU students full time - sandwich

2017/18 Entry

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2018/19 Entry

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2019/20 Entry

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International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £12,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

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2019/20 Entry

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Islands students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

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“Head teachers are confident that they gain a professional who is of high quality when they employ NQTs from Bath Spa University. Consequently, employment rates are high.”

Ofsted Report, rated Outstanding, September 2015

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for people with a committed professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

In addition to the general entry requirements, you’ll need a good honours degree (preferably 2:1 or above); your degree can be in any subject. We only accept candidates with five GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) including English, Mathematics and a Science subject.

We advise that you gain at least two weeks of experience in an educational setting; this will provide you with a good foundation for the programme.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course information: pgcecourseadmin@bathspa.ac.uk