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Early Years (PGCE) - closed for 2017 entry

UCAS Code: X121 Duration: 12 months

Overview

*This course is closed for 2017 entry. Please go to School Direct for alternative options or contact Student Recruitment for advice on applying for 2018 entry.  

The PGCE Early Years (3-7) course is particularly intensive. Students are timetabled for study across a number of areas including initial professional development covering principles of education and curriculum areas such as English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Art, Music, P.E and R.E.  Approximately half of the course is spent in school where the training continues and students are given opportunities to develop and extend their skills. Both within university and in school, time is built in for students to meet with their tutors on a one-to-one basis to discuss their professional development.

As part of the course, students are expected to engage, on a variety of levels, with the course content and materials. Many of the sessions require active participation in early years approaches to teaching. In contrast to this, you will be expected to have some familiarity with accessing library and online resources to support your research into different aspects of Early Years education in preparation for the completion of the assignments.

Formal assessment of the course takes place through observations of students' teaching, and their successful completion of assignments based on Learning Theories. Linking theory and practice is a key feature of the course. Students also undertake a number of curriculum and wider professional-based tasks.

School experience covers block placements in a 0-3 years setting and an Early Years foundation setting.

All Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses at Liverpool Hope offer students the opportunity to combine a programme of theory with real world experience. The initial professional development focuses what underpins the work of an effective and successful teacher, while school placements offer you the opportunity to put theory into practice.

Initial Professional Development (IPD): This part of the programme covers general aspects of becoming a teacher. It is largely lecture-based supported by discussion-based seminars with an assigned professional tutor. IPD develops the student teacher's knowledge and understanding of a range of key issues in education. 

For further information download the PGCE Early Years Leaflet‌.

Curriculum

PGCE Primary Early Years (QTS) 3-7 Age Range 

Successful completion of this PGCE Early Years (3-7) course is achieved through the following ways:

Award of Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Education - made upon successful completion of the formal subject based assignments at Masters level and successful completion of the two teaching placements. This provides a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters credits.

Award of Professional Certificate in Early Years Education - made upon successful completion of formal subject based assignments at least at Honours level but below Masters level and successful completion of two teaching placements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The PGCE Primary Early Years course is particularly intensive. Students are timetabled for study across a number of areas including initial professional development covering principles of education and Early Years education and curriculum areas such as English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Art, Music, P.E and R.E.  Approximately half of the course is spent in school where the training continues and students are given opportunities to develop and extend their skills. Both within university and in school, time is built in for students to meet with their tutors on a one-to-one basis to discuss their professional development.

As part of the course, students are expected to engage, on a variety of levels, with the course content and materials. Many of the sessions require active participation in approaches to teaching. In contrast to this, you will be expected to have some familiarity with accessing library and online resources to support your research into different aspects of Primary and Early Years education in preparation for the completion of the assignments.

Formal assessment of the course takes place through observations of students' teaching, and their successful completion of assignments based on Learning Theories. Linking theory and practice is a key feature of the course. Students also undertake a number of curriculum and wider professional-based tasks.

School experience covers block placements in Primary and Foundation Stage setting. 

 

Experience

Liverpool Hope University is one of the country's leading providers of Initial Teacher Education. In the most recent National Student Survey 99% of our undergraduate QTS students expressed overall satisfaction with provision, placing us top among the fifty largest providers of teacher training in the UK and 16% above the national average.  

The PGCE Early Years (3-7) course is a postgraduate qualification aimed at high-quality graduates wishing to pursue a career in Early Years teaching. It is an intensive, demanding yet very rewarding programme running from late August to late June. Tutors are dedicated to individual student support and to working closely with partners in local schools.

Our teaching staff come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, with a rich diversity of experience in many types of schools. We are committed to the idea that teachers are formed not trained and need both theoretical and practical preparation to be truly outstanding teachers. Our lectures and workshops are engaging and interactive, supporting you in becoming well-informed and reflective professionals who can take independent judgements and are ready to be full members of a school community.

Entry Requirements

Preferably a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree.  However, we recognise that the qualities needed to become an outstanding primary teacher are not necessarily limited to academic attainment and therefore exceptional applicants with a 2:2 may be considered. Applicants should highlight how their degree subject relates to the primary National Curriculum.

GCSE Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science. These can be pending but required before enrolment

A minimum 10 days experience of observation in an Early Years setting within last 6 months. Offers will be subject to a successful interview, as well as a Health Check Statement and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB). 

It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course, please go to the Department of Education website for further details.

Skills Test

Professional Skills Tests

It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. The tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The length of the tests and questions are appropriate for Key Skills Level 2/3. These tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement and you will still need these qualifications where necessary.

The pass mark for each test is 63 percent.

Before you take the tests

The Department of Education (DfE) has developed supporting materials to help candidates understand and prepare for the tests. The DfE website also has practice tests available to familiarise yourself with the tests. It is recommended that you only book your tests once you are confident and have a sound grasp of the skill required to pass the test. You can visit the dedicated section of the DfE from the following link:

www.education.gov.uk/schools/careers/traininganddevelopment/professional

Book your test

Before booking a skills test you will need to register online. Applicants for ITT courses should register online. Login details will be issued within two working days, enabling access to the skills tests booking pages where you can book and manage appointments and view your testing history. If you require special arrangements for your tests you must state this when prompted when you register online for the skills tests. Candidates can apply for 25% extra time when registering online for the skills tests. For all other special arrangements, tests can only be booked by contacting the skills test helpline. Do not book a standard test online first.

Skills tests are delivered via Learn Direct centres.  The first attempt at each subject is free of charge, however, resit charges will apply.

Taking your tests

Here are a few helpful tips about taking the tests:

  • Arrival at the test centre at least 15 minutes before your appointment is strongly advised, to allow for security checks. If you arrive late, you may not be permitted to take the test.
  • ITT applicants will need to provide evidence of their application. This could be a copy of the application form or confirmation of receipt.
  • Remember to bring your booking confirmation email to the test centre.
  • Bring your relevant identification, as detailed on the ID requirements page.
  • Read and understand the test rules before arriving at the test centre and adhere to the rules at all times once you are in the test centre.
  • The waiting area, in the majority of test centres, is designed to facilitate the needs of candidates; there are no provisions for childcare. Anyone accompanying you to the test centre will not be allowed to wait in the centre.
  • When you have finished the test, your results will be available from the test administrator.  Your results will also be available to the ITT provider to whom you have applied, approximately 48 hours after you take the test.

What happens next?

If you fail a test you are allowed to resit it up to two times. If you fail the test three times you will not have the option to resit the test for a minimum of two years from the test date. Unfortunately this will result in us being unable to progress with your application.

Once you have passed the tests these results are valid for 36 months from the pass date.

Further Information

If you have any further questions regarding the skills test you can either contact our Student Recruitment team:

Telephone: 0151 291 3911

Email: enquiry@hope.ac.uk 

Alternative contacts below:

Skills Test helpline  - Telephone: 0845 450 8867

Learndirect - Telephone: 0300 303 9613 

Email: support@sta.learndirect.com 

Overview

*This course is closed for 2017 entry. Please go to School Direct for alternative options or contact Student Recruitment for advice on applying for 2018 entry.  

The PGCE Early Years (3-7) course is particularly intensive. Students are timetabled for study across a number of areas including initial professional development covering principles of education and curriculum areas such as English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Art, Music, P.E and R.E.  Approximately half of the course is spent in school where the training continues and students are given opportunities to develop and extend their skills. Both within university and in school, time is built in for students to meet with their tutors on a one-to-one basis to discuss their professional development.

As part of the course, students are expected to engage, on a variety of levels, with the course content and materials. Many of the sessions require active participation in early years approaches to teaching. In contrast to this, you will be expected to have some familiarity with accessing library and online resources to support your research into different aspects of Early Years education in preparation for the completion of the assignments.

Formal assessment of the course takes place through observations of students' teaching, and their successful completion of assignments based on Learning Theories. Linking theory and practice is a key feature of the course. Students also undertake a number of curriculum and wider professional-based tasks.

School experience covers block placements in a 0-3 years setting and an Early Years foundation setting.

All Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses at Liverpool Hope offer students the opportunity to combine a programme of theory with real world experience. The initial professional development focuses what underpins the work of an effective and successful teacher, while school placements offer you the opportunity to put theory into practice.

Initial Professional Development (IPD): This part of the programme covers general aspects of becoming a teacher. It is largely lecture-based supported by discussion-based seminars with an assigned professional tutor. IPD develops the student teacher's knowledge and understanding of a range of key issues in education. 

For further information download the PGCE Early Years Leaflet‌.

Curriculum

PGCE Primary Early Years (QTS) 3-7 Age Range 

Successful completion of this PGCE Early Years (3-7) course is achieved through the following ways:

Award of Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Education - made upon successful completion of the formal subject based assignments at Masters level and successful completion of the two teaching placements. This provides a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters credits.

Award of Professional Certificate in Early Years Education - made upon successful completion of formal subject based assignments at least at Honours level but below Masters level and successful completion of two teaching placements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The PGCE Primary Early Years course is particularly intensive. Students are timetabled for study across a number of areas including initial professional development covering principles of education and Early Years education and curriculum areas such as English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Art, Music, P.E and R.E.  Approximately half of the course is spent in school where the training continues and students are given opportunities to develop and extend their skills. Both within university and in school, time is built in for students to meet with their tutors on a one-to-one basis to discuss their professional development.

As part of the course, students are expected to engage, on a variety of levels, with the course content and materials. Many of the sessions require active participation in approaches to teaching. In contrast to this, you will be expected to have some familiarity with accessing library and online resources to support your research into different aspects of Primary and Early Years education in preparation for the completion of the assignments.

Formal assessment of the course takes place through observations of students' teaching, and their successful completion of assignments based on Learning Theories. Linking theory and practice is a key feature of the course. Students also undertake a number of curriculum and wider professional-based tasks.

School experience covers block placements in Primary and Foundation Stage setting. 

 

Experience

Liverpool Hope University is one of the country's leading providers of Initial Teacher Education. In the most recent National Student Survey 99% of our undergraduate QTS students expressed overall satisfaction with provision, placing us top among the fifty largest providers of teacher training in the UK and 16% above the national average.  

The PGCE Early Years (3-7) course is a postgraduate qualification aimed at high-quality graduates wishing to pursue a career in Early Years teaching. It is an intensive, demanding yet very rewarding programme running from late August to late June. Tutors are dedicated to individual student support and to working closely with partners in local schools.

Our teaching staff come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, with a rich diversity of experience in many types of schools. We are committed to the idea that teachers are formed not trained and need both theoretical and practical preparation to be truly outstanding teachers. Our lectures and workshops are engaging and interactive, supporting you in becoming well-informed and reflective professionals who can take independent judgements and are ready to be full members of a school community.

Entry Requirements

Preferably a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree.  However, we recognise that the qualities needed to become an outstanding primary teacher are not necessarily limited to academic attainment and therefore exceptional applicants with a 2:2 may be considered. Applicants should highlight how their degree subject relates to the primary National Curriculum.

GCSE Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science. These can be pending but required before enrolment

A minimum 10 days experience of observation in an Early Years setting within last 6 months. Offers will be subject to a successful interview, as well as a Health Check Statement and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB). 

It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course, please go to the Department of Education website for further details.

Skills Test

Professional Skills Tests

It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. The tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The length of the tests and questions are appropriate for Key Skills Level 2/3. These tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement and you will still need these qualifications where necessary.

The pass mark for each test is 63 percent.

Before you take the tests

The Department of Education (DfE) has developed supporting materials to help candidates understand and prepare for the tests. The DfE website also has practice tests available to familiarise yourself with the tests. It is recommended that you only book your tests once you are confident and have a sound grasp of the skill required to pass the test. You can visit the dedicated section of the DfE from the following link:

www.education.gov.uk/schools/careers/traininganddevelopment/professional

Book your test

Before booking a skills test you will need to register online. Applicants for ITT courses should register online. Login details will be issued within two working days, enabling access to the skills tests booking pages where you can book and manage appointments and view your testing history. If you require special arrangements for your tests you must state this when prompted when you register online for the skills tests. Candidates can apply for 25% extra time when registering online for the skills tests. For all other special arrangements, tests can only be booked by contacting the skills test helpline. Do not book a standard test online first.

Skills tests are delivered via Learn Direct centres.  The first attempt at each subject is free of charge, however, resit charges will apply.

Taking your tests

Here are a few helpful tips about taking the tests:

  • Arrival at the test centre at least 15 minutes before your appointment is strongly advised, to allow for security checks. If you arrive late, you may not be permitted to take the test.
  • ITT applicants will need to provide evidence of their application. This could be a copy of the application form or confirmation of receipt.
  • Remember to bring your booking confirmation email to the test centre.
  • Bring your relevant identification, as detailed on the ID requirements page.
  • Read and understand the test rules before arriving at the test centre and adhere to the rules at all times once you are in the test centre.
  • The waiting area, in the majority of test centres, is designed to facilitate the needs of candidates; there are no provisions for childcare. Anyone accompanying you to the test centre will not be allowed to wait in the centre.
  • When you have finished the test, your results will be available from the test administrator.  Your results will also be available to the ITT provider to whom you have applied, approximately 48 hours after you take the test.

What happens next?

If you fail a test you are allowed to resit it up to two times. If you fail the test three times you will not have the option to resit the test for a minimum of two years from the test date. Unfortunately this will result in us being unable to progress with your application.

Once you have passed the tests these results are valid for 36 months from the pass date.

Further Information

If you have any further questions regarding the skills test you can either contact our Student Recruitment team:

Telephone: 0151 291 3911

Email: enquiry@hope.ac.uk 

Alternative contacts below:

Skills Test helpline  - Telephone: 0845 450 8867

Learndirect - Telephone: 0300 303 9613 

Email: support@sta.learndirect.com 

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment

+44 (0) 151 291 3111

enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Department: School of Teacher Education

Next intake: September 2017

Fees and Funding: Getintoteaching