Postgraduate Certificate in
Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Kingston University
Why choose this course?
Make a difference in children's lives by training to become a teacher through one of our PGCE Primary pathways.
This course will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence-informed teacher. At the heart of our course is a commitment to personalising your journey to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will grow in confidence and competence with our outstanding support as you train to become a teacher.
We will help you develop a deep understanding of the primary curriculum and acquire a range of teaching methods, based on the latest research in education. You will find a supportive learning environment at the University and in our partnership schools. You will benefit from two contrasting placements in our committed partnership of schools, spending two-thirds of your course across both placements.
You will have a wide range of learning experiences, including our very popular Dorset residential trip at the start of your course where you will begin to consider how to make use of the world beyond your classroom door.
You will also benefit from a course that supports you in becoming a reflective, research-engaged teacher who can use evidence to drive improvements in young people's learning and well-being. Your PGCE modules form part of our Master of Research in Education, which you can continue with beyond your PGCE year.
Reasons to choose Kingston University
- This course will enable you to become an effective, creative, inclusive and evidence-informed teacher.
- You will have personalised support, both from the University and partnership schools.
- You will spend two-thirds of the course on school placement. There is an optional residential trip to Dorset (Friday to Sunday).
What you will study
You will learn about pedagogy (the art of teaching), including learning theories and child development, alongside the subjects of the national curriculum and the early years' foundation stage framework. Together, this learning will help you understand how best to teach each subject to children of different ages, needs, attributes and experiences. You will also explore key professional issues, such as safeguarding and supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
We model good teaching as we train you, so you can transfer what you have experienced into your own practice.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.
- Professional Practice
- The Reflective Teacher
- Perspectives on policy, practice and professionalism for teachers
Optional modules only run if there is enough demand. If we have an insufficient number of students interested in an optional module, that module will not be offered for this course.
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After you graduate
Over 95% of our graduates enter the teaching profession after they complete their course. Many go into middle and senior management roles in schools.