Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Primary
A 2:2 honours degree. Before you apply you also need GCSE or O level passes (grades A–C/ 4-9), or equivalent in:
- English language
- a science subject.
It is desirable for you to have spent time working and/or observing in a UK primary classroom before applying. Experience is advantageous as it will inform your application and any later performance in the selection process.
See How to Apply information online for further details.
Months of entry
The Primary PGCE course forms a practical introduction to teaching, providing student teachers with the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach children aged five-11 years. The strong emphasis of the programme is on learning from experience through reflection and enquiry.
The Primary PGCE is built upon a consideration of the relationship between theory, practice and research, with 120 days spent on placements in partnership schools. This provides a firm foundation for the professional journey towards being an outstanding practitioner.
The course consists of school experience, primary professional studies and curriculum studies. The focus on professional studies and curriculum studies will prepare you to deliver the National Curriculum in school. You will cover: art; design and technology; English; geography; history; information and communication technology; mathematics; music; physical education; religious education; and science.
The time spent on placement builds your confidence and competence as a classroom practitioner.
The course benefits from positive and longstanding relationships with a number of partnership schools. This enables a wide range of experiences to be gained across a range of contexts. Course modules are firmly rooted in school and classroom practice.
The PGCE covers the five–11 age range.
Fees and funding
See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time10 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
These programmes have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Course contact details
- PGCE Admissions
- +44 (0) 191 208 3666