Primary Education, PGCE

Primary Education, PGCE

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE, including a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status and Master's-level credits) OR Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE, including a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status)

The PGCE Primary (postgraduate and professional routes) will enable students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to teach in primary schools, particularly those in the urban inner-city.

Students will have the opportunity to train in two consecutive age ranges, Foundation/Key Stage 1 (ages 3-7), or Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2 (ages 5-11), or Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11).

One of the strengths of our provision is our partnership with schools. Students will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in a primary school, including extended experience in two schools, plus further opportunities in a range of educational contexts.

Courses of study in the programme cover the National Curriculum and take place in both the university and in school.

Opportunities are also provided for students to take an enhancement in an area of personal interest or expertise e.g. Special Educational Needs. University workshops are interactive, encouraging students to work collaboratively on practical tasks whilst also exploring theoretical perspectives. Staff are trained primary teachers and, in addition, are active researchers.

School based training is an integral part of students' study and provides the context in which students can develop their professional skills, knowledge and understanding.

An inclusive learning environment is provided for students to enhance equality of opportunity. Students are allocated a personal tutor who supports their study on the programme and offers both personal and academic guidance. Individual support and designated workshops are tailored to meet the needs of individual students in order to ensure high quality outcomes.

The aims of the programme are for students to:

  • Develop the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding required to work with primary school children
  • Train to teach in two consecutive age ranges
  • Provide students with an understanding of the National Curriculum and learning needs of children
  • Develop professional values and practice needed to meet the broad demands of teaching.


Primary Education


Avery Hill Campus


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification
  • AND clear written and spoken English
  • PLUS grade C at GCSE in English language, mathematics and science prior to application.

In addition candidates:

  • Will be required to provide recent evidence of working with/observing children in an educational setting
  • Demonstrate interest, experience, skills and commitment related to teaching
  • Pass Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

Applications should be made at


There is a range of assessment modes including essays, portfolios, presentations and practical teaching in school. After being formally assessed against the national statutory requirements, students can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. The programme provides an opportunity for Master's-level credits, which can be gained through the submission of appropriate assignments.

Career options

Graduates of this programme can pursue a teaching career in primary schools.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

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