Taught course

Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE

Kingston University · Education

Entry requirements

  • An honours first degree of UK higher education institution or equivalent overseas qualification
  • GCSE grade 4 and above (or C and above for examinations taken prior to 2017) in mathematics, English and one science subject. Equivalency tests will be considered from recognised institutions if GCSEs are not held. However, you need to show on your application that these qualifications will be obtained before the course begins in September.
  • A pass in the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before commencing their course. More information on this can be found here. At Kingston we offer free support sessions to help you to pass these tests.
  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service and Health checking process identifies no concerns about suitability to teach.

Additional entry requirement

Applicants will be expected to spend between 20-25 hours in a primary classroom prior to starting the course to become familiar with the demands and expectations of primary teaching.

Note that you apply through UCAS Teacher Training for this course.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence informed teacher. At the heart of our course is a commitment to personalising your journey to Qualified Teacher Status. We'll help you to grow in confidence and competence by providing you with outstanding support as you train. We have high student satisfaction rates, as evidenced in the Guardian University League table for Education.

You'll find a supportive learning environment at the University and in our partnership schools. This will help you develop a deep understanding of the primary curriculum and acquire a range of teaching methods, based upon the latest research in education. We model good teaching as we train you, so you can transfer what you've experienced into your own practice.

We make use of a range of learning experiences, including our very popular Dorset residential trip at the start of your course where you'll begin to consider how to make use of the world beyond your classroom door.

You'll also benefit from a course that supports you in becoming a research-engaged teacher, who can use evidence to drive improvements in young people's learning and well being. Your PGCE modules form part of our Master of Research in Education, which you can continue with beyond your PGCE year.

You will benefit from two contrasting placements in our committed partnership of schools. You will spend two-thirds of your course in both placements.

What will you study

This course is designed to enable you to confidently teach in your chose age phase (3-7 or 5-11):

Indicative areas of training for all primary students:

  • Learning to teach core curriculum subjects: English (including phonics), mathematics, science
  • Learning to teach foundation curriculum subjects, with a focus on topic and thematic learning
  • Ensuring equality of outcomes for diverse learners
  • Understanding child development
  • Supporting learners with special educational needs
  • Supporting learners with needs in the English language
  • Promoting behaviour for learning in a positive classroom environment
  • Keeping children safe
  • Self-resilience and wellbeing

Additional areas of training for Early Years pathway:

If you follow our Early Years pathway, you will also benefit from the following:

  • Teaching by research-engaged early years specialist academic staff
  • Early Years placements including nursery, reception and KS1
  • Dedicated training in planning and teaching in the Early Years foundation stage

If you follow our Primary with Mathematics pathway, you will also benefit from the following:

  • Specialist training input from mathematics specialists to support your enhanced ability to teach and lead the subject.

Please be aware: applicants need to pass NCTL's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy as a condition of entry to the course. Please consult the Get into Teaching website for more information.

Information for international students

Please contact the university for entry requirements for international students. See www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/ for further details.

Fees and funding

Please see http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/primary-teaching-qts-pgce/fees-and-bursaries.html for further details.

You may qualify for a bursary or scholarship, depending on your undergraduate degree qualification, teaching specialism and whether primary or secondary level.

For more information visit the Get into Teaching website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    Can lead to qualified teacher status.

Course contact details

School of Education
+44 (0)20 8417 5145