Taught course

School Direct (Tuition Fee): Primary

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

The School Direct Tuition Fee route is a new path into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Participating schools, or clusters of schools that join together, are allocated a set number of student-teacher places. Trainees pay a course fee on this route and will join other student teachers on one of the established PGCE courses at UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience in the host school or cluster.

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).

Full-time: 1 year;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


The Primary PGCE full-time route is delivered via a programme of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study. Students will be supported through a virtual learning environment and will participate in school placements. 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

+44 (0)20 3370 1214