Taught course

Primary and Early Years Education - PGCE

Birmingham City University · School of Education

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Entry requirements

We normally require a Bachelor's Honours degree at 2:2 level or above from a UK higher education institution, or a recognised equivalent.
GCSE at grade 4 (formerly grade C) or above (or its equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject is also necessary at the point of enrolment.
Applicants must meet Department for Education requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit (physically and mentally) and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Months of entry


Course content

Our aim is to help you become a committed, confident and creative teacher so we’ll train you in the essential tools you need to kick-start your career in education. You’ll increase your ability to handle the ever-evolving teaching environment, and by the time your course is complete, you’ll be in a position to continue developing your understanding, knowledge and skills throughout your professional life.

This course seamlessly blends research-informed academic study with hands on school experience from day one. It offers a blend of critical thinking and practice-based learning to ensure you develop as a confident, committed and reflective practitioner.

It offers you an integrated and creative approach to initial teacher training that values diversity and respect for all backgrounds and the opportunity to gain experience working with children from a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

The course will enable you to explore different models of teaching, the many ways children learn and a range of approaches to managing behaviour in the classroom. You will develop an understanding of how to engage, motivate and assess learners through a creatively planned curriculum that will take into account the needs of different learners and positively impact on learners’ outcomes.

Why Choose Us?

  • Consistently high employability rates, with over 98% of PGCE Primary graduates in employment or further study six months after completing this course (latest DLHE survey results 2016/17).

  • Study at our recently extended £71-million campus which includes specialist teacher training facilities such as the Primary Innovation Lab and Primary Science Labs.

  • We support you with the job application process as part of your course.

  • Gain Master's level credits gained as part of this course that you can then use towards a full Master's degree.

  • We have strong relationships with hundreds of primary schools in the region. Schools are committed to the quality of experience they offer our trainees.

  • Our team of experienced teachers, who have held senior positions in schools, are there to support and guide your progress.

Information for international students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    There are assessments on course work, teaching practice and the achievement of The Department for Education for the award of QTS. You will also undertake written assessments and some presentations derived from both faculty-based modules and school experiences. Academic work will need to be of the high standard required of postgraduate level 7 study. Standards for the award of QTS are assessed in a number of ways, including course work, school experience assessments and evidence portfolios.

Course contact details

Pre-entry Enquiries Team
+44(0)121 331 5595