Taught course

PGCE 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.

Additionally you must have GCSE grade C / grade 4 or above in English language, mathematics and science (or equivalent). We also accept the equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing, A Star Teachers or any other appropriately accredited provider. We cannot accept functional skills or key skills or IELTS

Further requirements

The following requirements are set out in the Initial Teacher Training Criteria document. You must have:

  • GCSE grade C / grade 4 in English language, science and mathematics or standard equivalent
  • Been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and/or any other appropriate background check
  • It is recommended that you gain some experience of working in a school context before you start the programme. Recent experience in a primary school setting will support you in making the right career choice and, if completed prior to interview, will support you in your ability to contribute to the tasks during the selection process.

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 using a blended learning and teaching approach, combining practical workshops and seminars, by expert tutors with extensive experience working in educational settings, ensuring you are well supported to achieve the best results.

Our ambitious Primary PGCE curriculum has fully embedded the Core Content Framework for Initial Teacher Training. You will have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to fully meet the Teacher Standards by the end of your training programme.

During this one-year full-time course we emphasise the importance of developing strong subject knowledge and understanding theory and pedagogy. 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 course has been designed to include 120 days of school experience across the training year. We have excellent relationships with schools across London and the surrounding area. The nature of the course allows you to return to University 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 widely published across disciplines such as multilingualism, diversity and childhood development.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Middlesex Enquiries
+44 (0)20 8411 5555