Taught course

School Direct (Tuition Fee): Primary (EYFS/KS1 full-time route)

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. For Primary Specialist Mathematics, a Mathematics degree or degrees with significant mathematics content would be an advantage. 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: Good. 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

School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Trainees join other student teachers on the established PGCE programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience at their host school or alliance.

The Institute of Education 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.

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