Programme Specification for the 2014/5 academic year

PGCE PGCE Early Years

1. Programme Details

Programme namePGCE PGCE Early Years Programme codePGC1EDUEYR04
Study mode(s)Part Time
Academic year2014/5
Campus(es)St Luke's (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2014

NQF Level7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

An important feature of the PGCE Early Years programme is that you will receive specialist training, which prepares you for the role of curriculum leader/coordinator of Early Years in schools. This training will cover all aspects of the Foundation Stage curriculum (age 3-5), and the Key Stage 1 curriculum (age 5-7).

There is an emphasis on understanding children’s learning and development, the role and value of play, planning and managing the curriculum, continuity across phases and developing integrated pedagogical approaches that combine adult-directed and child-initiated activities. Key themes will be considered within the wider contexts of theory, research, policy and practice.

School experience will be in Foundation Stage (nursery and reception) and Key Stage 1 classes.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

4. Programme Structure

The programme lasts 36 weeks and consists of University-based studies and school-based work.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/education/pgce/earlyyearsandprimarypgce/specialisms/earlyyears/programmestructure/

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

The programme has 5 main components:

Educational and Professional Studies (EPSM000)

This module covers fundamental educational issues, which contribute to professional knowledge and understanding. Key areas addressed include race, gender, children's rights and responsibilities, citizenship, inclusion, special needs, behaviour management, and organising for children's learning.

Curriculum Studies 1: Linguistic, Mathematical and Scientific Understanding (ECS3001)

You are given substantial preparation for teaching the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science through taught sessions combined with self-directed activities based in the University or carried out in school. There is a particular emphasis on the teaching of reading and numeracy to reflect national concerns. ICT is taught as a separate short course and within subjects.

Curriculum Studies 2: The Arts, Physical Education and Humanities (ECS3002)

The foundation subjects of Art, Dance, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Religious Education, Music and Physical Education are all covered by short practical courses. They cater for students whose previous experiences may vary widely and aim to give a substantial introduction to the teaching of these subjects.

School-Based Work (ESB3003)

The University has excellent working relationships with its partnership schools, all of which have mentors trained by the University who are responsible for students' learning and development. You will initially work in pairs with groups of children, before working independently with the whole class.

Primary Early Years Specialism (ESYM001)

The principal aims of the module are to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the background issues and practice of the current teaching of Early Years Education in the primary school, and to enable them to meet the Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (DfES, 2002). It provides specialist phase-specific understanding which builds on learning developed through the Core Curriculum Studies module.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EPSM000 Educational and Professional Studies 30No
ECS3001 Core Curriculum Studies 1 20No
ECS3002 Core Curriculum Studies 2 0No
ESB3003 School and Teaching Experience 30No
ESYM001 Semi Specialist Early Years (Primary) 30No
Total Credits for Stage 1

110


6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. Programme Regulations

University Regulations on the number of credits to be taken and at what level for each stage of the programme can be found in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.

Progression

Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit. Regulations on condonement can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Assessment and Awards

For undergraduate degrees assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. Details of the weightings for each year of all programme lengths can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and the classification of awards can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

You can also read details of Generic Marking Criteria.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic Tutoring

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you with individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support fo the duration of your programme, and this support extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information on the College Personal Tutoring system, library provision, ELE resources and access to College support services can be found on the College webpages for current students.

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

SSLCs enable students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources

The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

IT Services

A wide range of IT services are provided throughout the Exeter campuses, including open-access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Student Support Services

The University provides many support services including health and wellbeing, multifaith chaplaincy, family support, the Students' Guild and international student support.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates for undergraduate programmes must satisfy the undergraduate admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of education provision. The College documents the performance in each of its tuaght programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER).

Subject areas are reviewed every five years through a College Academic Audit scheme that includes external contributions.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

PGCE PGCE Early Years

19. UCAS Code

X123

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

120

ECTS credits

60

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision