Taught course

Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE

Kingston University · Education

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree in any subject. GCSE (A*–C): English Language, Mathematics and Science. (Equivalency tests will be considered from recognised institutions if GCSEs are not held. However, you will need to show on your application that you will obtain these qualifications before the course begins in September). NB: NARIC must be provided for overseas qualification to show comparability. Proficiency in chosen language if applicable. A minimum of two weeks in a primary setting will be a requirement prior to commencement of the course. Applicants starting initial teacher training courses from September 2013 need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests before starting their course to ensure they can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

General Primary, Early Years, Primary specialising in French, Primary specialising in German, Primary specialising in Spanish.

Months of entry


Course content

This course provides an intensive, highly challenging and rewarding programme that will enable you to qualify as a primary teacher (Key Stage 1 and 2) or Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 in one year. You will also receive the award of PGCE with 60 credits towards a masters degree. School experience in our excellent range of partnership schools enables you to put theory to practice.

What will you study

You will gain a sound knowledge of the core subjects of English, mathematics and science, together with the opportunity to explore and develop your understanding of subjects in the wider curriculum, such as history, geography, modern foreign languages, art and physical education. You will also develop the essential skills of communication, planning, teaching and assessment that you will need in practice. You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in school placements, supported by a school-based mentor and/or a University tutor.

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 and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Education
+44 (0)20 8417 5145