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Primary PGCE

The PCP PGCE will enable you to become a confident, dynamic and creative professional who enjoys teaching and knows how to make a difference to children’s lives.

The depth with which we prepare you is a real strength. Training takes place in our Partnership schools located across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and the South Coast, and in the PCP centre in the North of Southampton. You will be given the chance to become fully involved in school life very early on. This will help you develop outstanding relationships with pupils and staff. You will also have plenty of opportunity to develop your professional skills and behaviour management in a variety of other primary schools, including city settings.

  • UCAS Course Code: X100
  • UCAS Provider Code: P85
  • Course Length: 1 Year
  • Start Date: September 2018

Key features of the PCP programme:

  • A 40 week course, with the opportunity to learn from outstanding classroom teachers.
  • 25 weeks in school; in addition to your two placement schools, you’ll visit plenty of others including those serving diverse city communities.
  • Your tutors will be experts in their field, able to balance theory with practice.
  • You’ll be offered regular opportunities to develop your classroom skills and receive formative feedback before your full placements.

School Experience:

The PCP programme is designed to meet the national Teachers’ Standards (2012) and 25 weeks are spent in schools over three terms.

Before joining the programme, you will complete at least two-weeks’ pre-course experience. The emphasis is on observing good teachers at work. Guided activities are used to help focus your observations. Once on the course, you will have two main placements, one in Key Stage 1 and the other in Key Stage 2.

During the first term, we help you to build your confidence and professional expertise through series of visits to schools, including your first placement school. You will observe good teaching and gradually move into taking parts of whole class lessons. Over twenty-five days are spent preparing you in schools during the autumn term before you are finally assessed. This prepares you well for your first block placement early in the spring term, where you concentrate mainly on teaching the core subjects.

The second placement provides you with ten weeks in a contrasting setting in a different key stage. The emphasis this time is on sustained class teaching across the full range of National Curriculum core and foundation subjects, and responsibility for assessing and supporting pupils of different abilities.

Towards the end of the programme, you will have the chance to spend a week in the school where you will be working as a newly-qualified teacher.

The subjects in the taught course are:

English, Maths, Science (core subjects) and Professional Studies
Computing, RE, including two modules from the CCRS, History, Geography, Art, Music, Design & Technology, PE, Modern Foreign Languages.

A specific focus is given to special educational needs and disability.

You will also have the chance to study for two modules from the MA Education.

At the PCP, groups are smaller and your learning journey will be individual and built around your needs. Training with the PCP will provide you with Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE from a university.

It will also give you:

  • More time in school.
  • A personal development plan with individual support.
  • The chance to learn from expert teachers.
  • Experience of a wide range of schools.

Click here to see an example of the Programme Structure.

Age Phase:

The PCP programme trains you for both Primary Key Stages, providing wide opportunities for employment. The age range offered is 5-11 years and you will gain experience of teaching both key stages. The Foundation stage (ages 4-5) is looked at as a starting place for children in the Primary school and a few trainees may be able to have a school experience which includes Reception-aged children. Wherever possible, we try to place trainees in their preferred key stage for their final school experience.

  • With the course being so school-centred, it meant that we quickly got to put the theory into practice. Now I've completed my first term as a teacher, I wanted to say thanks for all the help and support last year. I felt as prepared as I could have been starting my first job!
  • I really feel the PCP course has prepared me well to become a teacher. I've already recommended it to two people and will continue to do so.
  • I am so pleased that I applied and was accepted onto this course. It has provided me with an excellent start to teaching and the supportive and caring approach of course leaders and trainees has really helped me to develop.
  • The people at the training centre have been so helpful and you get a real sense that everybody wants you to do your best.