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PGCE Primary Education QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)

University College Birmingham · School of Education, Health and Community

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Entry requirements

Applicants will be considered if they expect to acquire the necessary qualifications before the start of the training programme

Degree: You will need a degree classification of 2.2 or above in any degree discipline

Level 2: Additionally, you will also need GCSE at grade C/4 or above in;

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science*

*The following Level 2 Science qualifications are acceptable

  • GCSE Single Award in Chemistry, Biology or Physics
  • GCSE Science Double Award
  • BTEC Level 2 in Science with a Pass profile

Work Experience: You will also need to have experience of working with children through placements or voluntary or paid work in schools.

Additional: Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)

before starting this course. UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

International qualifications: International qualifications are also accepted, they must be recognised by NARIC as equivalent and meet the requirement for The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for Initial Teacher Training. In some cases, English Language may not be accepted from the country of origin. If you are unsure whether your qualifications are suitable please contact admissions pgce@ucb.ac.uk or call 0121 232 2265.

Months of entry


Course content

Teaching is far more than a job.

For many, teaching is a calling. An opportunity to engage and inspire children and enable them to develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive. Finding different ways of helping all children to learn is immensely rewarding and at University College Birmingham, we are committed to supporting our students to become excellent teachers able to adapt to a fast paced and ever changing sector.

Our PGCE Primary QTS course not only gives you the professional theory and knowledge you will need to teach and excel in a modern primary school setting, but also the invaluable, hands-on experience of working where it counts. The classroom.

At University College Birmingham, you will be supported on your journey to becoming a teacher by a highly dedicated team with experience and expertise across all areas of the primary curriculum.

Whether your aspiration is to work in a mainstream school or one for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), completion of this course will lead to Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) status, enabling you to start your journey in a profession which boasts a competitive salary, generous pension and financial support while training.

As part of the course, there is the opportunity to specialise in teaching children from ages 3-7 for students who are more interested in working in the EYFS and Key Stage 1.

For students who are more interested in working in Key Stage 1 and 2, there is the opportunity to specialise in teaching children aged 5-11.

For those students who specialise in the 3-7 age range, there are two school placements in either nursery or reception, year 1 or year 2. For those who choose the 5-11 age range, there will be school placements in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Preparing students to meet the diverse needs of children is at the heart of our course and we provide the opportunity for all students to gain valuable experience working in a special school. Our students also have the opportunity to develop their own interests and expertise in teaching through a school-based legacy project.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)121 604 1040