Taught course

Primary and Early Years Education

Birmingham City University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants will have (or expect to achieve before enrolment) a Bachelor's Honours degree, at upper Second Class level or above from a UK higher education institution or a recognised equivalent in a subject that provides the necessary foundation for work as a primary teacher. Trainees expecting to take a specialist module in a core subject, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) or Early Years must have an appropriate degree or be able to demonstrate equivalent understanding and experience. GCSE at grade C or above (or its equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject is also necessary at the point of application. For entry onto a teaching course from September 2013 you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please visit the DfE website for further information. It is essential for applicants to have spent time in British state primary schools and have some familiarity with the current National Curriculum before submitting an application. You will provide a 'Seen Teaching Form' signed by a senior member of a primary school or other appropriate state setting as part of the selection process. Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of the PGCE Primary and PGCE Early Years course is to enable you to become a reflective, critical and enquiring primary teacher, able to respond flexibly to changing circumstances and to continue to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills throughout your professional life.

At the heart of the proposed course is 'the value of the child' and the aim of the course is to give you the skills and understanding to undertake your role in meeting the needs of the child in the classroom. The setting of this course also provides you with the opportunities to understand the urban context and experience working with children from a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

Whilst the PGCE is an academic qualification, the emphasis is very much on practical experience with approximately two thirds of the course spent in school.

We are able to offer applicants a choice of routes:

  • Full-time 3-7 Age Phase - 1 Year Course
  • Full-time 5-11 Age Phase - 1 Year Course

In addition to the age phase options, students on all routes will also be able to opt to take a specialist module in either a National Curriculum Core area, Modern Foreign Languages or another specialism depending on numbers. In addition students on the 3-7 route can opt to take a specialist module in Early Years, this combined pathway of study leads to the PGCE Early Years qualification.

All trainees are trained to teach across the range of subjects in the Primary National Curriculum with a strong focus on English and mathematics.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please visit www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/pgce-primary-education
International students
Please visit www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/pgce-primary-education

Although this is a postgraduate course, current PGCE students are eligible for the finance support package available to full-time undergraduates.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher. Bursary amounts will vary depending on degree class.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44(0)121 331 5595