Primary PGCE Course Information

The depth with which the PCP prepares you to teach is a real strength of the programme. The training is shared between the training centre at the edge of Southampton and our partnership schools. You have the chance to become fully involved in school life very early in the training. This will help you develop outstanding relationships with pupils and staff. You will also have plenty of opportunity to observe good practice in a variety of other primary schools.

Trainee Comment

"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 in school, I just wanted to say, thanks for all the help and support last year, I felt as prepared as I could have done starting my first job!"

Trainee Comment

"The school-based nature of the course is brilliant - lots of time in schools; the lecturers are all up-to-date and often working in primary schools."

Trainee Comment

"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."

Trainee Comment

"It was great to be in school in the second week of the course. I have definitely found the career for me."

Key features of the PCP programme:

  • A 40 week course, with the opportunity to learn from outstanding classroom teachers.
  • More than 24 weeks in school; as well as your two placement schools, you’ll visit plenty of others including those serving diverse city communities.
  • Your lecturers 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 feedback before your full placements.

School Experience

The PCP programme is designed to meet national Teachers' Standards (2012) and over 24 weeks are spent in schools over the 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 be given two main placements, one in Key Stage 1 and the other in Key Stage 2.

During the first term, we will enable you to build your confidence and professional expertise during a series of visits to your first placement school. You will observe good teaching and gradually move into taking parts of whole class lessons. Eighteen days are spent in school during the first term. This is followed in the second term by a six week block placement where you teach the core subjects. The second school placement takes place in a different Key Stage and lasts for eight weeks. The emphasis this time is on sustained class teaching across the full range of National Curriculum subjects, and responsibility for assessing pupils of different abilities.

Age Phase

The PCP programme trains you for two Key Stages providing greater opportunities for employment. The age range offered is 5-11 years. Trainees 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 have a school experience which includes Reception-aged children. We endeavour, where possible, to place trainees in their preferred Key Stage for their final school experience.

The subjects in the taught course are:

English, Maths, Science (core subjects)

Professional Studies, ICT, RE, including two modules from the CCRS, History, Geography, Art, Music, Design & Technology, PE, Modern Foreign Languages

A specific focus on special educational needs

All trainees 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 more individual and focused on your needs. Training with our SCITT will provide you with Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE from a university college. 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 greater range of schools.

Click here to see an example of the Programme Structure

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

All teachers within Catholic schools are expected to have the CCRS. To help you prepare for this, you will undertake two modules of the CCRS during the course. This will provide a useful additional qualification for working in a faith school or becoming an RE subject co-ordinator in any school.

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