Taught course

Primary Education with QTS

Middlesex University London · School of Health and Education

Entry requirements

  • For PGCE Primary, you will need a 2.2 hons degree or above
  • Degrees in all subjects are considered. If your degree does not have 50% content in a national curriculum subject, you must have one good A-level pass in a national curriculum subject (English, Science, Mathematics, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Languages in KS2, Music, Physical Education) or Religious Education
  • Additionally you must have GCSE grade C in Mathematics, English and Science
  • We also accept equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing, A Star Teachers or other appropriately accredited providers if the testing arrangements have been approved by the ITT team at Middlesex. We cannot accept functional skills or key skills.
Further requirements

It is essential that you have two weeks work experience in a public school in the UK or Republic of Ireland primary context before you attend an interview. To begin the course you must also complete a satisfactory DBS check and an Occupational Health check. Further details will be sent to you once you have accepted our offer.

Academic credit for previous study or experience

If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.

Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions

Entry onto this course requires an interview. We use the interview to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests, and to explore why you want to study with us.

Months of entry


Course content

Teaching in a primary school is one of the most rewarding careers you can have. You will be working with a team of teachers and other adults to support children (aged 5 to 11) to succeed inside and outside the classroom. The course is taught by expert tutors with extensive experience working in educational settings, ensuring you are well supported to achieve the best results.

Why study PGCE Primary Education with QTS at Middlesex University?

This one-year full time course enables you to meet the national standards for the award of qualifies teacher status. We have excellent relationships with schools across London and the surrounding area and during your studies you'll spend up to 120 days in a school setting.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the education system and practical teaching strategies as well as then having the opportunity to apply them. You will be introduced to further issues and strategies each week, which you will be able to investigate and apply in a practical setting before reflecting on the entire experience. The serial nature of the course allows you to return to University regularly to reflect on your practical application.

The teaching quality and individual support for students on the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programmes at Middlesex consistently produce the highest outcomes and very high employment rates of our trainees who typically gain their first teaching appointments during the courses. You will benefit from the guidance of expert tutors who bring a wealth of professional experience to their teaching, and who are are widely published across disciplines such as multilingualism, diversity and childhood development.

Course highlights
  • You will be encouraged to stay in contact with your tutors, allowing continual mentoring and mutual knowledge exchange
  • The diverse teaching placements enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multi-faith settings and schools in an international, urban environment
  • Many of our graduates have their first teaching post at the schools where they had a placement
  • You can undertake a placement in a SEND school
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Middlesex Enquiries