Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Primary Education with Mathematics provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in the primary school sector. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses.
The PGCE in Primary Education with Mathematics is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained school.
You will focus on the teaching of the National Curriculum for primary schools and specialise in teaching Key Stages 1 and 2 whilst also having valuable opportunities to experience alternative educational settings such as Early Years, Secondary, SEND and transition. The course will also provide you with valuable understanding of early years practice in mathematics as well as the transition/practices into Key Stage 3.
Successful completion of the course will lead to recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), along with 60 credits at Master’s level.
What happens on the course?
Over the one year course, you will undertake University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you will spend at least 120 days divided between two different schools across the 3-11 age range within the Primary age phase.
Your University tutor team is available to assist you throughout your training, supporting development of reflection.
Every effort is made to ensure that high-quality school placements are provided to you, facilitating learning through observing, co-teaching and being observed by experienced teachers in the classroom.
Teaching on the course comprises a variety of methodologies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led discussions, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery, problem based learning, e-learning and the provision of individual targets.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments; classroom based investigation and other school-based activities, and appraisal of practical teaching skills.
Typical modules may include:
An Introduction to Foundation Subjects and RE
Developing Information and Communication Technology Skills for the Primary School Classroom
Placements in Primary Schools
Primary Maths (and additional Maths)
Primary Professional Studies
These areas are the inter-connecting strands of the course and are further woven together by the underlying focus of applying Mathematics across the curriculum.
120 days (24 weeks) of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools. You will undertake two assesed placements in two different schools. We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our first concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences. Additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools. Support is available from your University Tutor throughout your training, plus from experienced teachers accredited by the University as school based tutors.
‘ASPIRATION, ATTITUDE, ACHIEVEMENT’
The University of Wolverhampton is one of the West Midlands’ largest providers of teacher education, with many of our graduates going on to work within the conurbation. Our tutors are all experienced teachers who have worked with our partnership and family schools for many years.
We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training teachers of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory Education.
Access to free Professional Skills Test Support.
High quality learning facilities, including well equipped teaching rooms, cutting edge learning spaces, lecture theatres and a social learning environment.
A clear progression to Master’s degree study, with opportunities to use PGCE credits to embark upon further study following successful completion of the course, including a fully tailored Newly Qualified Teacher module that can be completed during your induction year.
Access to leading research in the field of Education that enables trainees to develop as reflective practitioners.
What do Ofsted say?
The University of Wolverhampton provision is particularly effective in developing highly professional teachers with the skills to reflect critically on the quality of their teaching in order to improve it. They are valued highly by the schools, colleges and other settings where they secure employment in the region. The university has an excellent reputation that enables it to build strong partnerships across the region to support high-quality teacher training and educational improvement. Employment rates in all phases are high, with many former trainees working in the region.
Alternatively why not attend one of our Postgraduate Open Evenings, where you will have the opportunity to talk to staff and students who are currently studying and find out more about the course and our facilities. We have Open Evenings taking place at our Wolverhampton Campus.
The PGCE in Primary Education with Mathematics leads to recommendation for QTS, and enables you to take up a qualified teaching post in a UK primary school and beyond.
A national survey conducted by the Centre for Education and Employment Research has ranked Wolverhampton as the second most successful UK Higher Education Institute for graduate teacher training employment.
If you are successful you will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach pupils in the 3-11 age range within the primary age phase with alternative education setting enhancement. You will also gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which includes 60 Master’s level credits.
You will also be given help to find your first post in school. The course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching in two separate primary schools with trained school-based tutors to aid your development. You will have the opportunity to help develop the teaching within this fast-developing subject and have a real impact on children’s education.
You will be enabled to become a critically reflective teacher with high levels of subject knowledge and a wide understanding of educational theory and practice.
You will also develop the professional skills required to achieve outstanding results in relation to student progress including lesson planning, assessment methods, data analysis, and communication.
What our students say
Lucy, Graduated 2016
Completing my PGCE Primary Education with Mathematics at the University of Wolverhampton was challenging, yet rewarding and has prepared me for my teaching career. It gave me a breath of experience working in different schools, I was even able to do a short teaching placement in India. During my time in the university, the lecturers were supportive and knowledgeable. Many of them been teachers, head teachers and Ofsted inspectors previously; it was a great team to be guided by. During the course, I was also able to make new friends and we still now share teaching ideas and support each other. I have now been a teacher for nearly two years, I am Educational Visits Coordinator at my school and lead History and Geography. It truly is the most rewarding job where every day it feels like you are making a difference.
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
Core Curriculum and Enhancing Mathematical Understanding
Professional Learning for Teachers
Professional Standards for Teachers 1
Professional Standards for Teachers 2
The Wider Curriculum
To hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.
For example Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of science (BSc) etc. or similar . They are sometimes known as 'undergraduate' or 'first' degrees.
A-Level in Mathematics or otherwise to have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 5(previously Grade B) or above in the GCSE examination in Mathematics.
To receive the government bursary, you will need an A-level in Mathematics. A GCSE in Mathematics (grade 4+) alone will not attract the bursary.
To have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) or above in the GCSE examinations in English and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science).
To have taken part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach.
To have taken and passed the professional skills tests prior to entry.
You will be required to provide evidence of your original qualifications.
Interview and Selection
The interview process for PGCE Primary with Mathematics will be in two stages.
First Stage: All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to complete written audit. These will provide us with some information about your existing strengths as well as indicate any areas where you need to develop your knowledge and understanding. These are for formative assessment purposes only and are not used as part of the criteria in making a decision regarding an offer of a place on the course.
Second Stage: You will engage in a face to face interview; this will provide an opportunity to share your knowledge of the Primary Classroom. Your interview invite will ask you research specified topics in preparation for some of the questions in this interview.
Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests
Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the professional skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before the start of the course. Further information is available on the Department for Education website.
You can register for the skills tests before applying for teacher training. You must take the tests after you have applied and you will need to provide evidence of your application when you attend the test centre. If you are offered a place following interview, you will have to pass both the Numeracy and Literacy skills tests as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts.
Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of knowledge of the role of a Primary teacher but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching.
Once you have a Conditional Offer, you will need to complete a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/20. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: Are available for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England. For more information on eligibility and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.