Returning to Teaching

Are you a qualified teacher who has taken a career break from the classroom? Do you have qualified teacher status but your career path led in a different direction? Are you considering a return to teaching? Don’t be put off by a lack of recent experience. We welcome and celebrate life experience on this course with the aim to allowing you to use these experiences to confidently return to the primary classroom.

The University of South Wales is one of just a few universities to provide the Returning to Teaching course, which meets the requirements for qualified teachers who have been out of the profession for any amount of time. The course will enable you to get up to speed with the latest Teachers’ Standards, develop a range of behaviour management strategies, and to develop and enhance your digital competency in the classroom. The course aims to refresh your knowledge alongside other professionals whilst improving both your knowledge and confidence in the Primary classroom

The Returning to Teaching course is also for qualified teachers who need to update their existing teaching qualification. It will prepare you for a return to teaching in a primary school, or for a move from secondary to primary school teaching. What's more, if you're in regular supply work and looking to obtain a long-term or permanent teaching appointment, the Returning to Teaching qualification may also be beneficial.

This is not a conversion course, but is designed to further your professional development, and help with new opportunities. It will give you the confidence to apply for teaching posts in primary school settings with the knowledge that you can speak with recent and relevant experience. You will also be required to spend 10 days on campus with this course.

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 10 Weeks March Newport City C
UCAS Code Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 10 Weeks March Newport City C

The 20 credit course covers all areas of learning and experience in simulated classrooms in the university. Also included is the requirement to undertake 10 days or equivalent working in a primary school or schools, in either a voluntarily or paid position.

Issues of assessment, management and resourcing are discussed as integral aspects of these studies and the course provides an opportunity to explore recent and relevant developments, reforms and innovations. It is structured to provide plenty of practical experience supported by the relevant theory.

You will study with other qualified teachers and will review, enhance and consolidate your skills, knowledge and understanding of successful practice in primary education. You will also be required to spend 10 days on campus.

Students will also be welcome to join in with regular training sessions provided by the South Wales Apple regional training centre which take place on a monthly basis at the Newport campus. During these sessions' students will be able to learn how using a digital device can enhance both planning and learning in the primary school.

Teaching

The course is delivered 1 day a week over a period of 10 weeks. The University sessions will take place on the Newport campus each Wednesday for 10 weeks beginning in March 2021.

Lectures are delivered by a range of University academics and guest lecturers from local primary schools, with each session focusing on a particular area of the primary curriculum or school environment. Becoming a reflective practitioner is a key element of the course and skills such as interview techniques and advice on job applications will also be developed.

In addition to the 10 days on campus in University, each member of the course is required to complete 10 days or equivalent working in schools, in either a voluntarily or paid position. The classroom experience is undertaken as an opportunity to develop confidence, skills and understanding.

This part of the programme must be arranged by you and may be tailored to suit individual requirements. To complete the course successfully a pass in the assignment is required. The assignment is a reflective log based upon the ten days in school.

Support 

There is an open door policy on this course which enables professionals to engage with constructive discussions and to return with confidence to the primary classroom.

Assessment

Students will be assessed through the submission of 4000 word Reflective Journal which will be based upon the school experience supported by lecture delivery.

Placements

In addition to the 10 days in University, each member of the course completes 10 days or equivalent working in schools, in either a voluntarily or paid position. The classroom experience is undertaken as an opportunity to develop confidence, skills and understanding.

This part of the programme must be arranged by you and may be tailored to suit individual requirements. To complete the course successfully a pass in the assignment is required. The assignment is a reflective log based upon the ten days in school.

Facilities

We have a number of dedicated simulation classrooms at USW where you will be able to engage with a range of current resources.

Lecturers

Qualified Teacher Status (primary or secondary) and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child Workforce and Child Barring List. 

 

Please upload the following to your online application:

  • Evidence of your DfES Number – official letter from the teaching council
  • Reference on institution/company letter headed paper

 

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU:  £1000

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Please apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement

The course has been very successful in enabling teachers who have previously taken a career break to return to the classroom. It also enables secondary school teachers to understand the pedagogy of the primary phase of education if they are considering a change of direction.

Previous students have noted that it is the group discussions which take place amongst like-minded professionals which really enhance the course experience.

Potential careers include Primary School teaching and working with primary aged children in a range of alternative educational settings e.g museums, libraries, outdoor learning environments.