Taught course

PGCE Primary (EYFS/KS1 full-time)

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

To be confirmed. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Teacher Training. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The Early Years Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 full-time route prepares all students in line with the requirements of the Teachers' Standards (2012) for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Additionally, they receive the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) award of PGCE.

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) works in partnership with around 350 primary schools, children's centres and nursery schools to prepare Primary PGCE students with the practical expertise, knowledge and understanding to become primary teachers. Our students benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools and at the IOE.

The schools offer placements for teaching experience, and their teachers serve as tutors, mentors and joint assessors for our student teachers. IOE tutors have extensive experience of teaching, school management, inspection, research and consultancy.

In 2014–15, well over 200 students enrolled on the PGCE programme. We encourage a wide range of students to study for the Primary PGCE, and have a good record of attracting traditionally under-represented groups.

Full-time: 1 year;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


This programme is delivered via lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study together with school placements. It is assessed by regular review by a student’s tutors and mentors throughout the programme, through assignments, audits, feedback and tutorials. Final assessment is based on a range of evidence, including observations of a student’s teaching, attendance, punctuality, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214