Taught course

PGCE in Primary Education (5-11 years) with recommendation for QTS

Brunel University, London · Education

Entry requirements

•An undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Normally this should be a 2.2 classification or above in preparation for Masters level professional study. •English, Maths and Science grades A* to C or equivalent at GCSE level. (In-house GCSE equivalency tests will be offered to applicants who have not studied through the UK education system) Applicants would normally be expected to meet the GCSE requirements at the point of application. •Passed the required Skills Tests - via the UCAS TT application cycle. Brunel University will accept applications for our PGCE courses prior to completion of the NCTL Skills Tests. However, if you are offered a place on one of the programmes and have yet to meet the requirements of passing the Skills Tests, then your offer will be conditional based on passing these tests by a date specified in your offer letter. In addition, applicants will need recent and relevant experience of state school primary education in England. This may involve working as a teaching assistant or voluntary work over a sustained period of time. This experience must be for a minimum of two weeks in the academic year prior to the commencement of your PGCert training but ideally this should take place before interview. Brunel University will accept applications for PGCE courses within Education prior to completion of the Department for Education Skills Tests. If you are offered a place on one of our courses and have yet to meet the requirements of passing the Skills Tests, your offer will be conditional based on passing these tests by the end of August and before commencing the course.


Months of entry


Course content

The PGCE Primary programme at Brunel offers you the opportunity to qualify as a teacher across the whole primary age range of 5-11 years with an emphasis in either the 5-8 or the 7-11 age range.

The University works in partnership with local schools for initial teacher education through an associate tutor system (teachers in school who act as mentors during school placements) which not only helps to ensure that courses are meeting the needs of schools, but gives students a sound appreciation of the profession.

All our Education courses have been developed in collaboration with Partnership schools and the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). This ensures not only the highest possible quality of provision, but also relevance in reflecting national and school-level priorities in Education.

The intensive programme combines courses in principles and methods of teaching with practical school-based teaching placements and students are assessed on both elements.Students take all the primary National Curriculum subjects, with a combination of centre-based and school-based training. Personal, social and health education, together with citizenship, are also featured on the course, with complementary work undertaken in schools.

Trainees will study the equivalent of four modules at Masters level giving 60 M-Level credits which can be counted towards appropriate Master's Degrees at Brunel and at many other universities. The modules focus on the core National Curriculum subjects and ICT, with Special Educational Needs; Specialism Pathway and Professional Practice.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are required to have: IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas) Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores) BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas) or equivalent

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,170 (Schools Direct salaried); £9,250 (non-Schools Direct)
International students
£14,400 full-time

NCTL Bursaries

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Brunel Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1895 265599