X6K314 Education - Primary (School Direct Route) PGCE Postgraduate Taught 2019
The PGCE Primary provides a course in Initial Teacher Training which is accredited by the DfE. Successful completion of the course will provide you with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), awarded by DfE and a PGCE (awarded by Durham University). Credits achieved during the PGCE year can also equate to the first year of Durham's MA in Education.
In addressing the government's standards for QTS, the School of Education seeks to promote the notion of primary school teachers as reflective practitioners who are confident in their ability to teach all subjects in the primary curriculum, and able to articulate their beliefs about what constitutes effective pedagogy. PGCE should be viewed as the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development.
The course aims to provide you with professional and academic training in preparation of your role as a primary teacher. Underpinning the course is a belief that successful teachers need to understand how children learn and that this is best achieved through a combination of theory, practice and reflection.
The Durham PGCE Primary Course has been developed in partnership with schools, and offers a strong practical element, with student teachers spending a substantial part of the year (around 20 weeks) in school. Students on the course have opportunities to develop an understanding of the values and issues which underpin education and are encouraged to develop and articulate their own beliefs. The responsibility for training is shared between schools and the University, which together provide a supportive professional environment in which you can develop your knowledge, skills, understanding and expertise.
To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University please click here.
Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.
Course Learning and Teaching
The Primary PGCE is designed to take around 1500 hours of student work, comprising:
- Readings and preparation for teaching in school
- Teaching in schools
- Teaching time in lectures and workshops
- Professional studies days
- Teaching and learning conference
- Follow-up readings after the taught element
- Independent study
- Assignment work.
There are approximately 350 hours of university-based contact teaching time in all.
In addition the supervised Directed Study module offers group and one-to-one contact time - students are assigned individual supervisors from within the School of Education staff who assist with devising a suitable topic for study.
Academic support for the student is available via all of the following forms of contact:
- Formal workshops as part of the taught element of the course
- Additional, optional workshops to help students address aspects of subject knowledge such as English grammar and mathematics
- Email and telephone: students are encouraged to contact tutors with specific queries
- Group emails: these are sent via Duo (the virtual learning environment) to keep students informed of developments and to answer common queries
- Personal contact: staff are available for individual consultation when not teaching or attending meetings.
In addition, all students will be assigned a School Training Centre Coordinator who will provide workshops, support with teaching and guidance on teaching practice. University partnership tutors will also provide support for students before, during and after school placements.
Subject requirements, level and grade
Applicants must possess or expect to achieve a degree; please see department web pages for subject specific requirements. Applicants must also hold GCSE grade 4 (or C) or above in English and Mathematics; Primary applicants require a science subject at grade 4 (or C) or above as well.
Applicants must also pass professional QTS Skills Tests by the first day of the programme.
Successful candidates will receive an offer from their School Direct lead conditional upon successful medical and criminal record checks. The latter is carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service and full instructions on how to apply for a DBS Disclosure will be provided.
If you have a criminal record of any kind, you may contact the School of Education DBS Manager, Caroline Emery, for further advice and information. All enquiries will be treated in confidence.
We strongly encourage you to register for the DBS Update Service, which lets you take your certificate from one employer to another without having to apply for a new check. Please note, all DBS Enhanced Disclosures for our Students must be applied for through Durham University unless you have applied to the Update Service.
English Language requirements
Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.
Fees and Funding
Full Time Fees
|EU Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|Home Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|Island Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£19,250.00 per year|
Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.
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Scholarships and funding
School of Education
Career opportunities in education are wide and include classroom teaching, educational leadership and management, administration and policy development.
For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please view our department web pages.
Open days and visits
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School of Education
The School of Education is one of the leading departments of education in the UK. We are a large department, with around 50 academic staff, and around 650 postgraduate students (including our PGCE students, both primary and secondary). We are also supported by a large number of partners from schools and colleges. We have strong international links, welcoming students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars from all over the world. We are committed to research which engages with, and has an impact upon, practice and policy as well as influencing the wider research community to develop educational practice, education policy and future educational research.
Ranked joint 5th in the UK for World-Leading research and joint 1st for World-Leading research impact in REF 2014.