Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
- An honours degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent overseas qualification. All overseas qualifications must be accompanied by NARIC equivalence.
- For PGCE Primary with Mathematics applicants typically have grade B or higher at A-level Mathematics and an honours degree. In order to qualify for the government bursary, you must have achieved grade B or higher in A-level Mathematics and at least a 2:2 in an honours degree. Click here for further details.
- GCSE grade 4 or above (C or above for examinations taken prior to 2017) in English, science and mathematics. If you do not meet the GCSE requirement in any of these subjects, you may take an equivalency test (one attempt only) at the School of Education following acceptance of any potential offer given.
- An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service and Health checking process identifies no concerns about suitability to teach.
Additional entry requirement
If you are shortlisted you will be invited to a face-to-face interview. The interview process will involve you completing a literacy task and engaging in a group-based discussion. A formal interview with a university tutor will follow.
If you're offered a place on a teacher training course, it's recommended that you spend time in a school in your chosen age phase to familiarise yourselves with the demands and expectations of teaching.
Months of entry
Make a difference to children's lives by training to become a teacher through one of our PGCE Primary pathways.
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. You will grow in confidence and competence with our outstanding support as you train to become a teacher.
We 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. You will find a supportive learning environment at the University and in our partnership schools. You will benefit from two contrasting placements in our committed partnership of schools, spending two-thirds of your course across both placements.
You will have a wide range of learning experiences, including our very popular Dorset residential trip at the start of your course where you will begin to consider how to make use of the world beyond your classroom door.
You will learn about pedagogy (the art of teaching), including learning theories and child development, alongside the subjects of the national curriculum and the early years foundation stage framework. Together, this learning will help you understand how best to teach each subject to children of different ages, needs, attributes and experiences. You will also explore key professional issues, such as safeguarding and supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
We model good teaching as we train you, so you can transfer what you have experienced into your own practice.
You will also benefit from a course that supports you in becoming a reflective, research-engaged teacher who can use evidence to drive improvements in young people's learning and wellbeing. Your PGCE modules form part of our Master of Research in Education, which you can continue with beyond your PGCE year.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- School of Education
- +44 (0)20 8417 5145