PGCE Primary / Application and selection
Year of entry: 2018
How to apply
You should apply through UCAS Teacher Training .
Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.
Advice to applicants
This programme attracts a large number of applicants for a very limited number of places. The School considers a range of factors in the UCAS application other than the entry requirements.
Your personal statement should make clear:
- your commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching
- your rationale for applying to be a Primary teacher in their subject
- an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher
- relevant experience suggesting suitability for the role
- a good standard of written English.
How your application is considered
Applicants who are shortlisted based on their application will be invited to attend an interview. Our future interview dates are:
As part of our entry criteria you are required to have at least five days' recent classroom experience, in a Primary setting. If you are called to interview, your observations from your classroom experience will be used to inform a five minute presentation that you will prepare for your interview.
Whilst in school, gaining your classroom experience, we advise you to consider the following presentation briefing.
Reflecting on your recent experience in school and your own experience as a pupil, what do you consider makes an effective teacher? What skills and attributes does the effective teacher require? How will this inspire your future practice?
From your experience you may wish to consider:
- the teacher's/teachers' organisational skills
- what effective teaching and learning strategies did the teacher(s) use?
- how did the teacher(s) meet the children's individual needs?
- how did the teacher(s) ensure that their class was inclusive?
- behaviour management.
Overseas (non-UK) applicants
Aptitude test requirement
PGCE students must pass the Professional Skills Tests prior to commencing the course. Preference will be given to those applicants who have passed their skills tests at the time of interview however we will interview those who have not yet passed their tests.
Please refer to the Department for Education for further advice about registering to take your skills tests.
Fitness to practise / health requirements
If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening check as advised by the Department for Education. Health screening will be undertaken by the Student Occupational Health Service who will advise on any follow-up vaccinations or other intervention which may be indicated.