You will need:
- A 2:1 honours degree is preferred, but strong applicants with a 2:2 in a degree related to National Curriculum subjects, or to education or child development more generally, will also be considered.
- GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade C or equivalent, these must have been gained prior to application
- Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks passed prior to enrolling
- Professional ITT Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy passed prior to enrolling
- two references - one academic and one vocational.
Applicants must evidence a minimum of ten days mainstream UK school experience (paid or voluntary) in a Key Stage 1 or 2 class in their application. This must have been within the last two years and completed prior to interview.
Applicants will need to undertake an interview as part of the selection process.
If necessary, you can take a relevant GCSE as a private candidate. Find out how to do this on the AQA's website.
Months of entry
This teaching degree provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to become primary school teachers. Time is spent both in the University and on classroom placements, ensuring that by the end of the course, trainees are confident professionals.
The award of PGCE is offered at two levels:
- Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education (where 60 Masters-level credits can be gained).
Both of these are recognised teaching qualifications, but the postgraduate degree will allow fast-track entry to Masters courses. The choice of which qualification to take will be made while on the course. Successful completion of the course will lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)*.
The course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to meet the demands of a first teaching post in the primary age range (5 to 11 years). You will focus on primary education across both key stages, a National College for Teaching and Leadership (formerly the Teaching Agency) requirement which is essential to gain an overview of development and progression throughout the complete primary age phase. There may be an opportunity to place an increased emphasis on either Key Stage One (five to seven years) or Key Stage Two (7 to 11 years) during your school based training.
* The title of this award is subject to change due to an ongoing government consultation. For the latest information, please visit www.gov.uk/dfe
Information for international students
For international students' fees and financial information please visit our website.
Fees and funding
Home students can apply for a student loan for tuition and maintenance fees. In addition students may be eligible for maintenance or special support grants. More information on the funding for Initial Teacher-Training courses can be found on Gov.uk and the National College for Teaching and Leadership website.
Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject in which you train and your degree classification, or highest relevant academic qualification.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Admissions Team
- +44 (0) 115 848 4200
- +44 (0) 115 848 8869