Taught course

PGCE Primary (part-time)

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject is required. 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

This programme will prepare students in line with the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards (2012) for the award of QTS. The part-time route follows the same curriculum as the full-time route and similarly enables Primary PGCE students to meet the standards and fully prepare to be a primary teacher. This route is designed for people in part-time work, or with family responsibilities or other commitments.

Students on the Primary PGCE programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools and at UCL Institute of Education ( UCL 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.

Primary PGCE students can gain experience of teaching across one or more key stages; the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1; Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2; lower Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 9) and upper Key Stage 2 (ages 9 to 11).

Part-time: 2 years;

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


The Primary PGCE part-time route is delivered via a programme of lectures and workshops at UCL Institute of Education (IOE), serial placements (where students will need to be in school for a certain number of days over a period of time) and two full-time block school experiences of up to six and nine weeks when they will need to be available every day in school. Teaching at the IOE, observation of teaching, self-study, subject knowledge development, and pedagogical and professional development will form part of this programme. Assessment is through assignments, audits, feedback and tutorials. A final assessment is based on a range of evidence, including observations of a student's teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study.

Course contact details

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