Masters | Postgraduate Course - Primary Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 (3-7 years) with QTS PGDE Course Details within Liverpool John Moores University

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Primary Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 (3-7 years) with QTS PGDE

Study Details

PGDE 10 months full-time

Train to become an outstanding Primary teacher at Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 with Liverpool John Moores University. Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 3-7 age range.

  • Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher of 3-7 year olds on a programme delivered in partnership with schools who are committed to ensuring your success
  • Enjoy placements in nurseries, reception classes and Key Stage 1 settings
  • Study over 10 months full time, with 120 days spent on school placement predominantly within a “Home School”
  • Qualify with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education featuring 120 Masters-level credits (ours is one of the few ITT courses to offer this) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the same cost and length of study as a PGCE
  • Discover why 94% of our Newly Qualified teachers rate our training as good/very good and employment rates are above the national average
  • Go on to complete your MA in your first year of employment and look forward to excellent career development

Module details

  • developing your subject and pedagogical knowledge in order to support you in becoming a reflective, skilled and effective practitioner
  • critiquing effective approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in your subject and/or age phase
  • promoting your ability to design inclusive, engaging and impactful sequences of lessons to meet the diverse needs all learners
  • informed and deliberate use of educational research to improve pupils’ learning 

Entry Requirements

To join this PGDE, you should have a first degree (or recognised equivalent). The degree classification should normally be at 2:1 or above. Strong applicants with a 2:2 will be considered if they have significant school experience prior to application, for instance as a TA or LSA in a relevant educational setting.

Additional requirements at the application stage include:

  • GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification)  
  • A demonstrable interest in and enthusiasm for teaching within the 3-7 age range in a primary school or educational setting. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the curriculum, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in an educational setting engaging with children within the 3-7 age range is required prior to interview

Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview. For the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in Mathematics or English.

You are required by the Department for Education to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at Get into Teaching.

If you accept a formal offer from LJMU you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Student Destinations

The employment prospects of LJMU primary teacher training graduates are extremely positive with a track record of exceeding the national averages in terms of employment. The programme provides opportunities for engagement with relevant local employment organisations including schools and teacher recruitment agencies through on-campus events and school-based placements. You are encouraged to join the relevant professional association for your area of study, extending your professional network.

After completing your PGDE you can progress to the MA Education Practice programme for Newly Qualified Teachers which will enable you to complete a full MA during your first year of employment.

LJMU also provides specialist Masters programmes in Advanced Educational Practice, with specialist pathways in Teaching and Learning, Special Educational Needs, Mentoring and Coaching and in Leadership and Management.

The course is, of course, intended for those preparing to enter the teaching profession. An annual “Get that Job” day helps prepare you for success in your first applications. Indeed, most of our students go on to achieve their career goal, working in state or independent schools and colleges.

Teaching provides a variety of pathways leading to specialist roles ranging from pastoral to subject leadership and on into school leadership positions. Having gained experience in teaching, a number of graduates move into associated professions such as Educational Psychology, consultancy, and in the education service sector outside of schools.