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PGCE Primary Education (5-11) With QTS

UCAS code • X100 | Location • City Campus

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Prepare for a challenging but rewarding career as a primary school teacher on this postgraduate course. You gain an up-to-date knowledge of core Key Stage 1 and 2 subjects, such as English, science and mathematics. Alongside this, you develop your teaching skills and confidence, on placement with local and regional primary schools spending over 120 days in school.

• Prepare for a career as a teacher in primary schools.
• Study core subjects needed to teach, including English, mathematics and science.
• Benefit from placements with local and regional primary schools.
• Apply for a bursary to train as a teacher (UK and EU students only).


Full-time – one year
Starts September

Fees – home and EU students

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information see our fees and funding pages.

2015/16 academic year

Typically £9,000 for the course

Fees - international students

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further fee information see our international fees or scholarships and bursaries pages.

2015/16 academic year

Typically £11,500 for the course

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 for the course

Course description

Our primary and early years provision has high quality ratings and our former PGCE students have a high success rate in gaining employment as teachers.

Gain the skills you need for the challenging task of teaching in a primary school. On this course, you develop the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm needed to motivate children’s learning.

This course is designed to prepare you to meet the demands of recent developments in primary education. We emphasise the core subjects of English, mathematics and science.

School-based training is an integral part of the course, and you will work with pupils in key stages 1 and 2. We offer the course in partnership with local and regional primary schools, which play a key role in the teaching and assessment of your professional competence against the teachers Standards. In total you spend 120 days in school over the year.

As part of the course you gain 60 credits towards a masters qualification.

Bursaries are available to any UK or EU trainee starting a PGCE in England who is not employed as a teacher. For more information about grants towards tuition fees and bursaries visit the student finance website.

Mathematics route
As part of the mathematics route available for 2015/16 you learn all about the primary curriculum with special focus on mathematics and the link between this and other subjects.

Maths is a vital skill, which young people need to succeed. As it’s a core curriculum subject, maths teachers are always in demand and you could be eligible for a bursary for this course visit for further information.

School Direct
Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. When applying through School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the intention that you will be employed by them if you successfully complete the course.

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Further information
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.


Your academic work is assessed through coursework using a variety of assessment methods. Your teaching is assessed in schools and by school-based mentors.

Entry requirements

Typically you need
• GCSE grade C in English and mathematics and science, or equivalent*. You must already hold the GCSE requirements before applying for the course.
• a 2.1 degree or above, or a 2.2 degree plus evidence of wider experience in a UK school or foundation setting
• evidence of at least 15 days recent foundation stage or primary UK school teaching experience with five of these days as continuous teaching (gained in the two years before your application)

You must also
• successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change into primary teaching. We actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education to ensure the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of present day UK society.

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are
• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• equivalency test from

* GCSE science equivalents are
• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• science equivalency test from
• OCR National Level 2 Science
• BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course content

You study

• primary teaching, learning and assessment • inclusion • English • mathematics • science • foundation subjects and religious education • researching primary education • personal and professional development • the role of the teacher


The course is made up of modules which integrate experience in schools with professional and curriculum studies.

You complete two masters levels modules. One enables you to evaluate and reflect on your own progress as a teacher. the second enables you to explore a chosen area in more depth in your school or setting and with colleagues in that setting.

The other modules assess your ability against the teacher standards. You are assessed in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.


After graduating, you have excellent career prospects as we have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96 per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

You gain the qualifications, skills and experience to teach in maintained primary schools in England and Wales. You may also work overseas in teaching and related employment.

Previous students have found careers with local authorities, private schools and other educational establishments throughout the country.

Routes into Teaching event

Interested in finding out more about becoming a teacher? Our Routes into Teaching event is being held on the 19th September 2015. 

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