The PGCE is a one year postgraduate course (validated by the University of Worcester) and will prepare you for teaching in either Primary (5-11 age range) or Primary with Early Years Specialism (3-7 age range).
When you apply you should make it clear which route you are applying for and give reasons why. There is a course fee of £9,000 in line with University course fees. Please see the finance section for further information.
Somerset SCITT will be recruiting for 57 places for 2017/2018 to PGCE and School Direct routes.
The course runs in line with the school terms in Somerset, trainees tend to spend the first half of school terms in taught sessions and the second half on placements. The approximate breakdown is 60% placement experience and 40% taught sessions.
The taught sessions are broken down into the following modules:
There is a strong emphasis on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and before taking up your place on the course you will need to be reasonably competent when using a computer.
The course is demanding. You should anticipate spending 50 to 55 hours each week on course work during the year. Hours of attendance at the SCIL training centre are usually 9 to 4.30. Days in schools will be longer.
To apply for the PGCE Primary (x100) or PGCE Primary with Early Years Specialism (X121) please go to the UCAS Teacher Training Website
You will have three placements during the training year, Somerset SCITT organise these for trainees. Whilst we will endeavour to limit the travelling time, as Somerset is a rural county please note that you may have to travel up to 1 hour to your placement. We are unable to place trainees in a school that they already have links with e.g. used to work at, children’s school as we feel this can detract from the quality of the experience
You will be in a minimum of two settings, in the following age groups;
Primary – Reception/KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2
Primary with Early Years Specialism – Reception and KS1
Assignments – 3 are at Level 7, successful completion of the assignments leads to 60 credits at Masters level