Taught course

Primary and Early Years Education - PGCE

Birmingham City University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Essential: We normally require a Bachelor's Honours degree at 2:1 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 although we will consider applications from those with a 2:2 degree.
Trainees expecting to take a specialist module in a core subject, Special Educational Needs 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 enrolment. For entry onto a teaching course you'll also be required to pass Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please visit the DfE website for more information.You will not be allowed to enrol on your course until you have passed these tests.
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 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

This course will give a great, all-round start to your teaching career. It will enable you to become a reflective, critical and enquiring primary teacher. We’ll give you the essential tools you need to kick-start your career. These will increase your flexibility, ensuring that you’re well-equipped to handle changing circumstances. You’ll also be in an ideal position to continue developing your understanding, knowledge and skills throughout your professional life.

This course has very high employability rates and many of our trainees gain employment in local primary schools. Trainees are supported with the application process as part of their course.

During the PGCE Primary and Early Years course, students are made aware of future study opportunities in order to utilise the Master's level credits gained as part of the course towards a full Master's Degree.

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.

We work hard to ensure that we have strong relationships with more than 900 primary schools in the region. Schools are committed to the quality of experience they offer our trainees.

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.

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, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 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