Taught course

PGCE Primary QTS

University College Birmingham · School of Education and Community

Entry requirements

You will need a degree with a grade of 2.2 or above in a discipline of Early Childhood Studies, Childhood Studies, Education Studies, Psychology, Sociology, English, Mathematics, Dance, Drama, Performing Art, Sports or similar.

You need to have a GCSE at grade C or above (or its equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject and pass a skill test in English and maths.

You will also need to have experience of working with children though placements or voluntary or paid work in schools.

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) before starting this course.

Trainees starting an initial teacher training (ITT) course will be required to pass the professional skills tests before starting their course. Once you have submitted your application to us, you will need to arrange to take and have passed the tests before we can select you for interview.

Months of entry


Course content

If you would like to study for a PGCE and have less than three years of experience working with children, UCB’s PGCE Primary QTS course will provide you with the necessary skills to teach in a primary school environment.

There are two pathways available on this course. If you would like to teach 3-7 year olds, you will focus your studies on the Foundation Stage (pre-school) and Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2). If you would like to teach 5-11 year olds, you will focus on Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (years 3 to 6).

These course pathways will concentrate on themes related to primary education that address key government priorities such as curriculum management, working with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and working with children who use English as an Additional Language (EAL).

On completion of this course, you will be a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and will have the knowledge, skills and training to work in a mainstream school or in a school for children with special needs.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+ 44 (0)121 604 1040