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Why choose this course?This course will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence-informed teacher. At the heart of our course is a commitment to personalising your journey to Qualified Teacher Status. You will grow in confidence and competence with our outstanding support as you train to become a teacher. We will help you develop a deep understanding of the primary curriculum and acquire a range of teaching methods, based upon the latest research in education. You will find a
Why choose this course?
This course will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence-informed teacher. At the heart of our course is a commitment to personalising your journey to Qualified Teacher Status. You will grow in confidence and competence with our outstanding support as you train to become a teacher. We will help you develop a deep understanding of the primary curriculum and acquire a range of teaching methods, based upon the latest research in education. You will find a supportive learning environment at the University and in our partnership schools. You will benefit from two contrasting placements in our committed partnership of schools, spending two-thirds of your course across both placements. You will have a wide range of learning experiences, including our very popular Dorset residential trip at the start of your course where you will begin to consider how to make use of the world beyond your classroom door. You will also benefit from a course that supports you in becoming a reflective, research-engaged teacher who can use evidence to drive improvements in young people's learning and wellbeing. Your PGCE modules form part of our Master of Research in Education, which you can continue with beyond your PGCE year.
What you will study
You will learn about pedagogy (the art of teaching), including learning theories and child development, alongside the subjects of the national curriculum and the early years foundation stage framework. Together, this learning will help you understand how best to teach each subject to children of different ages, needs, attributes and experiences. You will also explore key professional issues, such as safeguarding and supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Teaching and assessment
Your taught sessions will be a mix of seminars, lectures, practical workshops, field trips and work with pupils. Peer-led critical support groups will also feature in the programme. Most of your sessions will be taught by university tutors but there may also be guest speakers, such as headteachers or subject leaders.
After you graduate
Over 95% of our graduates enter the teaching profession after they complete their course. Many go into middle and senior management roles in schools.
Students need an honours degree of UK higher education institution or equivalent overseas qualification. All overseas qualifications must be accompanied by NARIC equivalence. For PGCE Primary with Mathematics applicants typically have grade B or higher at A-level Mathematics and an honours degree. GCSE grade 4 or above (C or above for examinations taken prior to 2017) in English, science and mathematics. If you do not meet the GCSE requirement in any of these subjects, we are happy for you to take your tests externally (via Equivalancy Testing or A*Star Equivalency). An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service and Health checking process that identifies no concerns about suitability to teach.
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Located in South-West London, Kingston University offers a high-quality portfolio of postgraduate and research degree courses, and a cosmopolitan university experience. Students are equipped with the skills needed to succeed in the modern workplace, and are provided with a huge variety of learning opportunities, top-class resources and support services.
Postgraduate study spans four academic facilities; Kingston School of Art, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences (combining Kingston Business School and the School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences), Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, and Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.