Taught course

PGCE Primary Education 3-11

Newman University · Department of Teacher Training

Entry requirements

A UK Bachelors Degree (or recognised equivalent qualification).
GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents). Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment. See Overview section for additional GCSE Equivalency test information.
Students will be expected to have GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 (or C), and by enrolment.
Students will also be required to be assured against a set of fundamental maths and English skills by the end of their initial teacher training.

Months of entry


Course content

Choosing to study a PGCE in Primary Education is your first step to inspiring children in learning about their world, and at Newman University, we would love to support you in joining the profession. We understand that the Primary 3-11 age range is a crucial time for children’s development and learning. It is at this formative and particularly receptive stage of development that attitudes towards learning are formed, attitudes that will impact future life course development.
The PGCE Primary (3-11) is designed to prepare you for teaching across the Primary age range. There are three modules developed to support your knowledge and understanding of theory, policy and practice, including the Early Years, National Curriculum and SEND frameworks.
Two level 7 modules are linked to children’s learning and development as well as curriculum, assessment and pedagogy and you will study these consecutively in the first and second term. The final training module, studied across all three school terms, enables you to observe, reflect on and then undertake the role of the teacher in the Primary phase. The course will enable you to meet the requirements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

PGCE routes at Newman provide two opportunities - Professional Graduate Certificate of Education which prepares applicants for teaching or Postgraduate Certificate of Education which will include 60 credits at Masters level. The latter will be offered to applicants with an outstanding academic record or significant experience.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Professional practice50

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