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PGCE General Primary (5-11 years) with QTS: Inclusion/SEND

University of Cumbria

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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Lancaster Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course overview

Passionate about helping children - including those with special education needs and disabilities - be the very best they can be from the very start of their academic life? By becoming a primary school teacher you can spark and sustain pupils’ education and ensure all children are included in your classroom.

We’ve designed our highly-rated PGCE General Primary (5-11) with QTS: Inclusion/SEND to support your journey all the way from student through to achieving status as a newly-qualified teacher.

Learn all the knowledge of PGCE General Primary but with a pathway in inclusion and SEND, so that you can specialise in this important area to assure all children are educationally engaged, whatever their barrier to learning, to get the best out of their learning.

You’ll learn through theory and plenty of first-hand experience how to work within the National Curriculum framework, together with the UK inclusion agenda, and confidently devise and deliver interesting lessons to engage young minds across a broad spectrum of subjects in primary school.

And, because our course has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) built-in, you can apply for a position as a primary school teacher the minute you graduate.

Course summary

The programme will focus on Inclusion/SEND; you will explore ways in which all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, can be included in classrooms and schools. You will examine the concepts and ideas that underpin the Inclusion agenda within the political context of education in the UK. In particular, you will focus on the causes of marginalisation, and the reasons why a substantial number of pupils fail to achieve consistently or well within that system.

A main focus will be on SEND, through an examination of current policy and practice, including the Children and Families Act 2014 and the SEND Code of Practice 0 to , the graduated response in schools, and multi-agency collaboration. You will consider the implications of the four areas of need identified in the Code of Practice, and how these influence and determine appropriate responses within classroom practice.

The roles of key participants will be examined, including that of the SENCo, TAs, and the increasing importance of the parents of pupils with SEND, and of the voice of those pupils. As a result of this engagement, you will have a growing commitment to ideas surrounding social justice and equity, making you a confident practitioner able to meet the needs of all pupils whatever barriers to learning they experience.

Your Career with a PGCE Teaching Qualification

This course can lead to a fulfilling career as a primary SEND teacher. Nine out of 10 of our graduates go into a professional teaching career or further education within six months of graduating.

As this is a PGCE, it also includes some work at masters level, leading to 40 credits that can count towards an MA in Education.

Tuition fees

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£ 12,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Cumbria

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  • Campus address

    University of Cumbria, Registered Office, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2HH, England

Distinct and pioneering, the University of Cumbria’s heritage dates from 1820. Its campuses include two in a World Heritage Site, the idyllic Lake District.
An international scholarship scheme offers a range of awards to all eligible students. The university also offers a £1,000 early payment discount.
For the 2021/22 transition year, all eligible EU, EEA or Swiss students will receive a Fee Discount Scholarship to bring fees in line with UK/home fees.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    45th out of 81 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    115 58%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    83 83%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.11 82%



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