Taught course

PGCE Primary (QTS)

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold a first degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.

A good honours degree (2:2 and above). English, maths and science at GCSE (Grade C or Grade 4 above, or equivalent).

Successful completion of the Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

For more information on English language requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

We're interested in your potential as a teacher and so each application is considered on a case-by-case basis. We are looking for applicants who demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to becoming the best teacher. Your application will need to be supported by one professional reference. (References from personal email accounts cannot be accepted).

Months of entry


Course content

Kickstart your career in primary education with a PGCE Primary. Designed for postgraduates, this course will enable you to teach both KS1 and KS2 as you gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) upon successful completion. You will also be able to register with the Teacher Regulations Agency (TRA), which is an essential requirement for teaching.

This dynamic and innovative course will prepare you for teaching children between 3-11. You may have the option to request your preferred age phase to ensure that you receive relevant experience during your placement: 3-7, 5-11 or 7-11.

You may also be able to apply for a placement in a special educational needs school setting, which will be taken into consideration.

With strong partnerships with local primary schools and early years settings, you will gain experience in working with exceptional teachers in primary education, whilst also having school and University-based mentors for full guidance and support.

By the end of this course, you will be confident in front of the classroom, as well as understanding how to effectively plan lessons, teach phonics, and you will know how to illustrate your understanding of the Teachers’ Standards.

You will also be able to gain Master’s credits during your course, which will give you the option of further postgraduate study upon successful completion.

  • Engage with an innovative and dynamic course structure that will prepare you for an enriching career in teaching – modules cover teaching and learning across the curriculum, philosophies and pedagogies of practice and professional placements in schools and early years settings.
  • Gain QTS and register with the Teacher Regulations Agency upon successful completion of this course. This programme will readily prepare you to confidently enter the classroom.
  • Increase your professional experience in different school settings with two placements.
  • Take advantage of our strong links with schools and early years’ settings for when you apply for your ECT year after graduation.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

For up to date fee and loan information please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
+44(0)1227 928000