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Part Time Route

PGCE Part-Time Pathway

Beginning January 2022

Age phase: Part-time pathway Early Years (Ages 3-7) / Later Years (Ages 5-11)

Arden Forest School Direct in partnership with the University of Worcester now offer a part-time PGCE in primary education, designed to provide you with all of the key features and support of a full-time PGCE but over a longer period of time.  The course begins in January 2022 and will finish in July 2023.  We offer both the Early Years and Later Years pathways as a School Direct route.

The course consists of the same modules as the full-time PGCE course and you will achieve the same award at the end of the course.  The support across the course will remain the same and sessions will be delivered similarly to the full-time course.

This is a part-time course and when not on placement, you will be expected to attend timetabled university sessions normally on Wednesdays.  Most weeks will be 3 days long.  On placement, you will be expected to attend school during term time on the agreed dates and on training days, as agreed by the school, to ensure you are compliant with the requirements of the QTS qualification. 

School experience is a substantial and integral part of the course and you will have school experience visit days and block placements across 5 terms, beginning in January and concluding the following July (totalling 19 months).  Placements will normally be in two different settings.  In total, of the 77 weeks of the course, 120 days approximately will be spent in schools.   

For School Direct, you are immersed in school for much of the programme with 30 days of timetabled University sessions alongside approximately 12 days of school training spread across the course.  This will enable you to learn alongside the class teacher and be part of a teaching and learning school team.