How to the primary education (5-11) with qualified teacher status.

Primary Education (5-11) with Qualified Teacher Status

Prepare for a rewarding and challenging career in primary teaching, on a course with very high employment statistics, and an ‘Outstanding’ O F S T E D rating. Currently applications for the September start of this course are only open to home students.

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  1. Course summary
    Prepare for a rewarding primary teaching career on a course rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED.
    Boost your career on a course with a 96% employment rate.
    Undertake 120 days of placement in Key Stage 1 and 2 settings, ensuring a rounded skillset.
    Gain a base for further studies; you obtain 60 credits towards a masters.
    Benefit from government bursaries and initiatives that make full-time teaching easily attainable.
    This course allows you to meet the demands of primary education. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of current science, English and mathematics teaching, and spend 120 days in local schools to cement your knowledge.

Student View

‘I love the range of subjects that we can teach in primary school. English is my specialism but I really enjoy PE, art and geography too. I think it’s really exciting. If you put your mind to it and if you’re creative with how you teach all the different subject areas, it’s so enjoyable.’

  1. How you learn
    All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

On this course, you’ll spend 120 days in local and regional partner schools, applying the skills that you have learned on Hallam’s City Campus. You’ll study Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum and teaching methods, so you’re ready to work in any primary school – over 96 per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating. Completing the PGCE course gives you 60 credits towards a masters, giving you a chance to study and specialise further.

You learn through

placement work
lectures and seminars
reflective writing
practical assessments

Applied learning
Work placements

School-based training is an integral part of the course, and you will work with pupils in key stages 1 and 2. We offer the course in partnership with local and regional primary schools, which play a key role in the teaching and assessment of your professional competence against the teachers’ standards. In total you spend 120 days in school over the year. You will be assigned a school-based mentor for your placement.

  1. Future careers
    This course prepares you for a career in

primary teaching
postgraduate studies
local authorities
private schools
other educational establishments

  1. Where will I study?
    You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

  1. Entry requirements

• GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics and science, or equivalent. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only, we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English.

• a 2.2 degree or above.

• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event and you should present a passport or photo driving license. You can present other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to starting your course..

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change into primary teaching. We actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education to ensure the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of present-day UK society.

Course enrolment – professional requirements
Before enrolling you must complete all the professional checks that are required as part of entry for the course:

Suitability Declaration
You must fully declare the following information on the pre-admission suitability declaration form provided during the admissions process:

unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
if you have ever been removed from a teacher training programme as a result of your behaviour, or would have been removed if you had not left the programme
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

you will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) as part of the DBS application process
if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining an overseas criminal record check.
where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Academic Administration Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.
In addition to this all those who are made an offer of a place will be checked against the DfE children’s barred list.
Occupational Health Screening

You will need to undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge. As part of this assessment you are expected to provide all relevant, truthful and accurate information to ensure a safe environment for yourself and service users.

Other background checks
All applicants that have accepted an offer will also be checked against the prohibition list to ensure you are not:

subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State
prohibited to teach in another country of the European Economic Area (EEA)
If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, please notify the Academic Administration team immediately by emailing tedss@shu.ac.uk.

  1. Modules
    Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
  2. Fees and funding

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £9,250 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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