“Warwick trainees are highly regarded. All trainees are very well prepared to teach because of the high-quality training that establishes an excellent balance between promoting practical teaching strategies, a broad range of subject knowledge and a strong grasp of pedagogy consistent with a research-based university.”
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University-Led (Core) & School-Led (School Direct Training & Salaried)
"Most days I use something from The University of Warwick in my work. I loved Warwick and the training was brilliant. I was pushed out of my comfort zone so many times that I now feel confident to tackle most challenges."
Sue, PGCE Alumna
The University-Led (Core) and School-Led (School Direct Training & Salaried) Primary PGCE is a Primary General PGCE that trains you to teach the whole Primary curriculum. However, we also ask you to choose one of six specialisms: Early Years, Special Educational Needs, English, Primary Languages, Mathematics or Science. The specialism is a unique opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in one of six critical areas in Primary education. This means you would still teach the whole Primary curriculum and you do not need any previous background in your chosen specialism.
You will still graduate with a General Primary PGCE with an enhanced knowledge of a particular special of interest to you. Though we ask you to choose one specialism at the point of application on UCAS - this can be flexible and may be discussed with you at interview.
"The course at Warwick is very supportive. There is always someone you can turn to for advice and encouragement. The course itself is hard work but very rewarding...in tandem with my placement school, it prepared me for the realities of teaching. Being able to share ideas and experiences, as well as resources, every week at university was incredibly useful."
Cathy, PGCE Alumna
• Professional Studies - develops a good understanding of the key factors in successful learning and teaching. It deals with central issues of planning, teaching, assessing and behaviour management as well as addressing such issues as safeguarding of children
• Subject Studies – covers both core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and non-core (Foundation) subjects. Foundation subjects are covered through ‘taster’ sessions for each subject: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography and History, Music, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Physical Education (P.E.), Religious Education (R.E.) and PSHE
• Professional Practice - consists of four school placements (three extended placements organised by the University) in different primary schools and additional ‘mini’ placements to further broaden your experience as well as a week in a Special School. Developing awareness of professional development, reflecting on progress on school placements and setting targets for successful completion of the programme.
Course work focusing on a key issue and combining theory with your practice in school
Masters level assignment – 5,000 words
Course work focusing on one aspect of practice in each of the 3 core subjects
Looking at practice in one strand within your Specialism across a range of contexts
Masters level assignment – 3,000 words
e-presentation – 2,000 words
Meeting the Teachers’ Standards – at a Good or Outstanding level
Weekly observations by School Mentor
Visit by Link Tutor
Tutorials with Personal Tutor
- Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience in contrasting schools
- Learn to teach phonics and early reading, writing and early mathematics as well as foundation subjects
- Assess pupils effectively to assist in promoting pupil progress across the curriculum
- Learn to manage pupils' behaviour and maintain a purposeful learning environment
- Become a critical thinker, able to reflect on and evaluate your professional practice
- Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations
- Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society
- Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources
- Leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your teaching career.
"Studying at Warwick gave me a solid foundation for my career as a teacher. Some great lectures, visits and guest speakers provided some useful information to help me on my way. Warwick also arranged some brilliant teaching placements for me where I got up and taught in front of a class for the first time! I would definitely recommend Warwick."
Yasser, PGCE Alumnus
- Three extended Professional Practice Placements - in contrasting settings (25 days, 25 days and 40 days respectively)
- Experiential days - mini-placements (focusing on EAL, SEN, Phonics, Outside Learning Contexts)
- Serial Days -11 further days of observation organised by the University.
- Special School Experience – a week of observation in a Special School organised by the university.
School-Led (School Direct Training & Salaried)
We ensure that you have access to the best possible support, advice and guidance, during your course. You will be supported by a range of University tutors, with responsibility for developing your subject knowledge and pedagogy. Additionally, you will also have a school mentor, who will offer professional and personal support.
Read more about support at Warwick.
Upon completing this course you gain 90 credits at master's level. This allows you to fast-track to stage two of our master's degree, quickly progressing your professional development.
There are other careers outside of teaching including education lecturing, school inspection, advisory or consultancy roles, initial teacher training, or administration in local education authorities (LEAs) and examination boards. Organisations such as museums, art galleries and zoos employ teachers as education officers. There are some opportunities for self-employment, which include private tutoring, writing educational materials or running a small private school.
"The PGCE course at Warwick gave me an excellent grounding in my subject area, teaching and learning and the initial experience in the classroom. I have been promoted each year that I have been in teaching. I firmly believe the training at Warwick gave me the skills to aid my progression."
Andrew, PGCE Alumnus
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