Primary PGCE

Course Structure

You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in schools, and in 16 weeks of lectures, workshops and directed study time.

There are currently three written assignments and three blocks of teaching practice.

Trainees undertaking the general primary and early years pathways begin the taught course together, participating in a period of joint study in phase one. The programme is then tailored in phases two and three to target the specific needs of each group.


Timings

Taught course sessions run from 9am -12 noon and 1pm – 3.30pm.

During teaching practice it is expected that trainees are in school by 8am and stay until 5pm or later.

Trainees are expected to put in many additional hours of personal study and preparation and it is not for the fainthearted. However, the support of tutors, mentors and fellow trainees is always available and guidance on how to plan your time and pace yourself is regularly given.


Validation

Wandsworth SCITT is accredited by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) as an official provider of initial teacher training. 

Kingston University validates both courses (3-7s and 5-11s) and offers the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Education at the end of the programme.


The General Primary Pathway (5-11)

This pathway is designed for those trainees wishing to specialise in KS1 and KS2 teaching.

During Phase 1 we provide:

  • A taught course programme which ensures you have an understanding of pedagogy, learning theory and an introduction to the core and foundation curriculum subjects. This programme is delivered jointly to those on the general primary and early years pathways,
  • An ‘alternate-phase’ school placement, ensuring that across the year you have experience in both Key Stages.

During Phase 2 we provide:

  • A taught course programme which focuses on the general primary curriculum, prepares you for your main school placement and job-seeking.
  • A school placement in your chosen Key Stage.

During Phase 3 we provide:

  • An Arts Week programme.
  • A taught course ‘top-up’ week which provides an opportunity for tailored sessions which address the needs of the group.
  • A continuation of your main school placement in your chosen Key Stage.
  • An ‘exit week’ which prepares you for the transition into your NQT year.

The Early Years Pathway (3-7)

During Phase 1 we provide:

  • A taught course programme which ensures you have an understanding of pedagogy, learning theory and an introduction to the core and foundation curriculum subjects. This programme is delivered jointly to those on the general primary and early years pathways,
  • An ‘alternate-phase’ school placement, ensuring that across the year you have experience in Key Stage 1.

During Phase 2 we provide:

  • A taught course programme which focuses on the Early Years Foundation Stage, prepares you for your main school placement and job-seeking.
  • A school placement in a Foundation Stage class.

During Phase 3 we provide: 

  • An Arts Week programme.
  • A taught course ‘top-up’ week which provides an opportunity for tailored sessions which address the needs of the group.
  • A continuation of your main school placement in a Foundation Stage class.
  • An ‘exit week’ which prepares you for the transition into your NQT year.

The Taught Course

University tutors, consultants from the Local Authority, independent subject specialists and outstanding classroom practitioners all contribute to the taught course.

The taught course is delivered both on-site in our training suite, as well as off-site at consortium schools.

The Taught Course supports your developing understanding of topics within the three course modules:

  • Professional Practice
  • Reflective Professional
  • Research Informed Curriculum Leadership (RICL)

The quality of the taught course is systematically evaluated via WPSC’s own self-evaluation processes which include regular feedback from trainees, school-based mentors, internal and external examiners and Ofsted.


Assessment

Assessment of the Professional Practice module is through observation of your practice by mentors and link tutors, and through the submission of a Professional Development Portfolio.

Assessment of the Reflective Professional and RICL modules is through the submission of related academic assignments.


Master's Level Study

In line with the government’s drive to produce a highly qualified teaching workforce, we are offering two modules of the taught course at Master’s level. Successful completion of these allows trainees to carry forward 60 credits (one third of an MA) towards an Education Master of Research (MRes) at Kingston or any other participating university. As a general primary or early years course there is no subject specialism but trainees are able to go into depth in a chosen area for one of the assignments and to develop any strengths during their school placements. They are also encouraged to reflect on the links between areas of the curriculum and the benefits of teaching core literacy, mathematical, scientific and ICT skills through a variety of subjects.


Placement Schools

Placement schools are located across the Wandsworth Borough. The placement schools are arranged for you.