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The award
PGCE

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
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All study options

About PGCE Primary at Bath Spa University

Make a difference to children's lives by becoming a Primary teacher through our Ofsted Outstanding rated programme.

  • Inspire passion and create enthusiasm. Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach.
  • Benefit from 70 years of teacher training experience. We are committed to excellence in research and professional practice.
  • Enhance your employment prospects. Become fully qualified to teach in just one year.

Developed in partnership with schools and early years settings, our Primary teacher training programmes will support you to become an innovative and inspiring teacher.

There are a number of age phases and specialist pathways to consider, through which you'll achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS):

  • PGCE Primary and Early Years (3-7 age phase)
    UCAS CODE: X110
  • PGCE Primary and Early Years (5-11 age phase) with options to specialise in English, Science, SEN/D and Modern Languages
    UCAS CODE: X100
  • PGCE Primary and Early Years (7-11 age phase) with options to specialise in English, Science, SEN/D and Modern Languages
    UCAS CODE: X174

Our full time programmes last for approximately 40 weeks. You'll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the teacher training programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools.

"The PGCE course provides the ultimate teaching package - subject experts to impart their wisdom, placements in a variety of schools across the region, and even the opportunity to perform Shakespeare and sing in a gospel choir!"

Edward Powe, PGCE Primary and Early Years graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

While you're a Bath Spa teacher, you'll explore models of teaching and the many ways in which children learn. Emphasis is placed on how parents and carers, families, schools and communities can impact children's learning and well-being.

When you complete your initial teacher training, you'll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills and confidence that you'll need to be successful in the classroom.

Course components

University-based training
We'll encourage you to think critically about research, national initiatives and classroom practice, as well as supporting you in the process of reflective evaluation.

You'll be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops covering the following key strands:  English, Maths, Science, Professional Studies, Teaching in a Diverse Society and Teachers as Researchers.

School-based training
You'll be placed in at least two schools or settings, meaning you'll become familiar with their work and the nature of teaching.

This is your opportunity to practise your developing teaching skills. During school training you'll be able to reflect on your university training in the context of children's learning environments.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be required to undertake a range of assignments which assess your understanding of theories and practices relating to teaching.

In addition, you're required to pass two assessed school/setting phases which will demonstrate your skills in planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating.

How will I be taught?

We'll help you monitor and track your progress; offering you advice on how to improve your performance as a teacher. You will be assigned an Academic Tutor who will regularly meet with you to review your progress, as well as visiting you during your assessed school training. During school training you will also be supported by a training mentor, who is usually the class teacher.

Opportunities

Careers

This PGCE programme produces high calibre teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to enter a career in teaching.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Newton Park, Culverhay and partner schools.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardPGCEHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £9,250 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £12,900 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

'Head teachers are confident that they gain a professional who is of high quality when they employ NQTs from Bath Spa University. Consequently, employment rates are high.'

Ofsted Report, rated Outstanding, September 2015

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

You'll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for people with a committed professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You'll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

In addition to the general entry requirements, you'll need a good honours degree (preferably 2:1 or above); your degree can be in any subject. We only accept candidates with GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English, Mathematics and a Science subject.

We advise that you gain at least two weeks of experience in an educational setting; this will provide you with a good foundation for the programme.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.


    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.


    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.


    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.


    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.


    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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