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PGCE Early Years (3-7)

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Institution C58

UCAS 3DHN

Bognor Regis campus

1 Year Full Time

Top 10
UK university for Education
5th
for courses and lecturers
5 Star
rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities
1. Guardian University Guide League Tables 2021 | 2. WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020 | 3. QS Stars University Rating

Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry requirements:

  • All applicants must hold an honours degree or equivalent qualification.  The majority of successful applicants will have a 2:2 or above degree but we do accept applicants with a lower classification but an otherwise strong application.
  • Your personal statement is important; it should convince us that you are serious about teaching as a career. You will need to demonstrate a strong awareness of the complex role of the teacher in supporting learning. You should ensure that you make reference to any voluntary or paid experiences in schools or early years settings.
  • All applicants must have GCSE passes in English, mathematics and science at grade C / 4 or above. We will consider applicants who are taking the relevant GCSEs whilst applying.
  • We would normally expect applicants to have taken and passed the full GCSE course, however in some circumstances we do accept equivalent qualifications or equivalency tests. If you are unable to enrol for the full GCSE course, please contact Admissions to discuss which equivalent qualification we may accept.
  • You will be required to attend an interview
  • Satisfactory occupational health and enhanced DBS check required
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 7.0 (with no element less than 6.5) – or equivalent qualification.

Fees:

2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

University of Chichester alumni applying for a PGCE degree, there will be a £1000 bursary available.

Course content

TOP 10 UK UNIVERSITY FOR EDUCATION

8th out of 80 institutions for our Education courses (Guardian League Tables 2021)

Course overview

This full-time, one-year course is designed to train you to be a primary teacher with a focus on children aged 3 to 7.

You will focus on teaching at Key Stage 1 and the course will prepare you to take up a position in nurseries or schools. 

The course runs from September to July and you’ll spend the majority of this time (at least 24 weeks) on placement in schools.

Why study this course?

  • This degree includes Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) so you can qualify as a primary teacher in just one year.
  • You’ll gain a wealth of experience in different placement schools.
  • The programme is taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors, in partnership with mentors and teachers in local schools, who will support you throughout the year.
  • It is taught at Master’s level which will allow you to gain up to 60 credits towards a Master’s qualification in the future.
  • By the end of the course, you’ll be a reflective practitioner equipped to continue your professional learning throughout your career.
  • We are offering a £1000 bursary for Chichester alumni students continuing their studies with a PGCE.

School-based placements

The PGCE programme is taught in close partnership with a range of primary schools. During the course, you will experience a number of different placements. These include:

  • Two 8 to 10-week placements where you will take on increasing responsibility for teaching.

At the start of the course you will be teaching small groups of pupils. By the end, you’ll be teaching subjects across the primary curriculum to a whole class. During the extended placements you will be supported by a school-based mentor and a link tutor from the University.

The maximum travel time that we allow for these teaching placements is one hour in each direction from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area). 

In addition to the two extended placements, you will have three short group placements. You will spend:

  • 4 days in a reception class
  • 2 weeks in a key stage class and
  • 2 weeks in a special school

A key aim of these placements is to develop your understanding of progression, inclusion and signature pedagogy.

Course start date

This course starts in September.

Read our PGCE brochure for more information.

Our facilities

Campus location: Bognor Regis Campus

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.  It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

Teaching Resources

Teaching resources at the University of Chichester

Becoming an exceptional teacher means you’ll need to bring your lessons to life. We offer a collection of over 20,000 classroom resources for you to borrow while on placement in schools. Head to the ground floor of the Learning Resource Centre at Bognor Regis campus to see our assortment of materials.

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Where this can take you

Career opportunities

This programme will enable you to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and work as a primary class teacher. While the vast majority of graduates choose to work in a primary school, in previous years, some students have been employed in secondary schools, special schools or the wider education sector. Many of our previous students have progressed in their careers and now hold senior posts in their schools.

Further study

Postgraduate study options include Masters courses:

Indicative modules

The university-based study is divided into four key areas which will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to plan and manage creative and effective lessons while ensuring that pupils of all abilities are motivated to learn. These key areas are:

  1. Core Curriculum
  2. Wider Curriculum
  3. Professional Studies
  4. Teaching and Learning in Early Years

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum module will develop your confidence and enjoyment to teach:

  • English
  • Mathematics and
  • Science

Through lively and interactive seminars, you will develop your subject, curriculum and pedagogical knowledge in all three subjects.

It will equip you to take a critical and reflective view of each subject’s curriculum and pedagogies. You will develop a detailed understanding of the distinctive features of each subject area and explore relevant research concerning children’s learning in that subject.

By linking your learning to school experience, the module will promote the necessary understanding you need to plan, teach and assess the core curriculum effectively.

Wider Curriculum

This module aims to develop your critical understanding and enthusiasm for the whole primary curriculum. It will consist of a range of engaging practical workshops of the primary curriculum including:

  • Art
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Languages
  • Physical Education and
  • Religious Education

You will develop a systematic knowledge of key curriculum documents and a critical awareness of current issues and debates surrounding the primary curriculum.

It will prepare you to plan, teach and assess effectively in these areas and to develop cross-curricular approaches to teaching and learning.

Professional Studies

We’ll help you will develop a deep understanding of the principles that underpin primary education. You will be taught by a range of expert tutors who will share their knowledge and passion for primary education and children’s learning.

During a range of seminars and lectures, you will critique educational research findings and methods and learn how to apply this in the classroom.

Topics will include lesson planning, teaching strategies, assessment methods, behaviour management and other important aspects of teaching. A particular focus will be on issues of inclusion, equality and diversity and the module will develop your ability to apply your knowledge and understanding in the classroom.

By the end of the year, you will have developed your own personal educational philosophy and be able to apply this in the classroom and articulate it to other professionals. ​

Teaching and Learning in Early Years

This module will support you to develop an in-depth understanding of the role of the Early Years teacher and to reflect on the way in which children learn and develop. You will gain a critical knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and of good practice in Early Years. You will consider developmental theories of play and develop your knowledge and understanding of the role and purposes of play in schools and the impact of play on children’s physical, social, cognitive, emotional and linguistic development.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We use strategies that are designed to enable you to master a broad base of concepts, skills, knowledge, understanding and practice. You’ll experience a mixture of:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Practical sessions
  • Outdoor learning experiences
  • Field trips
  • Case studies
  • School experience

Assessment

In order to qualify for the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you must pass all school experiences and pass a 12,000 word portfolio at master’s level.

The portfolio consists of a number of tasks that you will complete during the year and share with your Academic Adviser. They will provide feedback on your work and support you to achieve. Each of the tasks is designed to support your development as a primary teacher and is directly relevant to your practice in the classroom.

School experiences are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards – you will be regularly observed by your mentor and link tutor and will collect evidence of your progress.

Meet our experts

Our programmes are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their profiles to see who could be teaching you

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

INTERVIEW, DBS AND SCHOOL EXPERIENCE COSTS

Interview

We pride ourselves on the interview experience. You’ll learn about the University and the course while we learn more about you and see your potential to teach.

The interview will be made up of typically five elements:

  1. Registration, DBS and qualification checks
  2. Campus Tour (optional)
  3. Presentation from a university tutor
  4. Baseline audit of skills in mathematics and literacy
  5. Paired interviews

Baseline audits

The baseline audit of skills will provide you with an opportunity to consider your strengths and areas for development in numeracy and literacy.

To help you prepare for the audits, head to BBC bitesize for support with the English and mathematics audits.

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. More information can be found under ‘Additional Costs’ on this page.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 24 weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised in our partnership schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which can be by car or public transport. Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these. 

Financial help available from the University

Our Finance pages provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE

Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Get in touch with our Admissions Team for more information.

How to apply

Applying to this course

To apply to this course, you'll need to submit your application directly through UCAS Teacher Training. For more advice on how to apply, visit the UCAS website.

Personal statements tips

All PGCE applicants are required to write a personal statement and submit this with their application via UCAS Teacher Training. Your personal statement should include information about yourself, why you want to teach, what sparked your passion and details of any related teaching experience. Take a look at some helpful personal statement tips from UCAS and the Government website.