Taught course

PGCE Primary

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

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (2:2 or 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. You will also need to demonstrate your interest, enthusiasm and commitment to becoming the best teacher you can be.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is aimed at graduates who have a real passion, enthusiasm and commitment to joining the teaching profession as a primary teacher, and who seek to become the very best ‘leader of learning’ they can.

Through our PGCE we will help you build on this passion for teaching children in early years up to year six. On successfully completing your PGCE, as well as pursuing your teaching career and moving into completing your NQT induction, there is also potential for you to engage in further study for a full Master's and on to a Doctorate in Education.

This course is designed to support you in gaining a PGCE Primary and achieving the standards to be a Qualified Teacher. It also provides you with an opportunity to gain 60 Masters level credits.

The course will focus on learning and teaching across the primary phase of education.

You will learn about:

  • Exploring how learning links to the development of ourselves as teachers and the pupils with whom we work.
  • Harnessing the power of research and professional knowledge as a key part of our own reflective practice and theory.
  • Promoting creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Taking account of the role of education in developing the whole person by modelling a reflective and enquiry-based approach to learning, promoting learning in a broad range of local, national and international contexts and exploring sustainability as a key feature of learning for the present and the future; and by promoting core educational values such as honesty, compassion, integrity and the pursuit of wisdom.
  • Promoting equality of opportunity in all learning environments.
  • Monitoring, evaluating and assessing the impact of the learning environment on all learners.
  • Providing individual support and development for learners based on their individual needs and endeavours to build respectful learning communities.

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
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