Taught course

PGCE Primary (QTS)

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

All applicants to the PGCE Primary (QTS) must hold a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution. Normally, this should be a 2:2 or above (and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree is not already awarded).

You must also have GCSE Mathematics, English and Science (Grade 4/C or above) or equivalent qualifications which will be a condition of any offer, if not already achieved. Equivalency tests will be accepted but only from equivalency testing .

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact us on ITEadmissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk

You must also:

  • complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before taking up a place.
  • complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
  • agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

Months of entry


Course content

With a PGCE Primary (QTS) qualification, you will become a highly sought-after educator, equipped to inspire, educate, and lead the next generation towards a brighter future

On the PGCE Primary programme you will benefit from our collaboration with a wide range of partner schools and the diverse communities we serve will enrich your experience. Once you have enrolled on the PGCE primary course, you can opt to specialise either in working with 3-7 year olds or 5-11 year olds. Students on the 3-7 specialism will undertake two placements, one in in the Early Years Foundation Stage and one in Key Stage 1. Students on the 5-11 specialism will undertake two placements in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

On our programme you will be challenged to develop informed and justified decisions about how you approach your teaching, in order to enable you to continue to develop over your career. On successful completion of your PGCE you will be awarded 80 credits towards your Masters and you may return to study with us on a part-time basis to complete your Masters qualification.

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' three times by Ofsted inspectors which affirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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