Taught course

Primary Education: General Primary or Early Years (Qualified Teacher Status)

University of Birmingham · School of Education

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Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (preferably upper second-class or above) - National Curriculum subject content within the degree is desirable but not essential; English Language and Mathematics at GCE O level, GCSE grade C or above, or CSE grade 1 or the equivalent; and a pass in Science at grade C or above. All candidates have to provide a satisfactory medical form and enhanced CRB/police check, and provisionally register with the General Teaching Council of England (GTC). They are also required to adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering PGCE primary courses. We are also one of the few universities that awards 120 credits for successful completion of our teacher training courses, which we award at Masters level. For those who successfully complete their induction year there is an opportunity to transfer credits to the MEd Teaching Studies course, which is awarded on completion of a 60 credit dissertation.

The primary programmes meet all aspects of government requirements for Initial Teacher Training. We are able to offer applicants a choice of two routes, so that you can prepare as a teacher across the full 5–11 age range or specialise instead in early years teaching (3–7 age range). Both programmes last for 38 weeks; the equivalent of 19 of which will be spent in schools.

General Primary programme

Students on the General Primary (5–11 years) programme follow a range of courses that address the statutory curricula for the core and foundation subjects alongside Professional Studies, which considers whole school issues.

Early Years programme

This programme allows you to focus your training on work with children aged from three to seven years of age. You spend time in nursery classes, as well as teaching children of school age in both Reception and Key Stage 1 classes. You follow the same range of courses as those on the General Primary programme, in addition to an advanced study of early years education.

School-based experiences are a central part of these programmes, with an opportunity for you to experience a range of ages within different schools. Both programmes also feature a range of professional courses to help you plan, teach, and develop your classroom skills. The programmes are designed, in conjunction with partnership schools, to meet the Teachers' Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

If you are interested in teaching young children, but would prefer to train as a mathematics specialist, information may be found on our Primary Education (SSPIP) in Mathematics course page. If you would prefer to teach older pupils, information on our Secondary courses may be found on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education course page.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    Leads to QTS. Applications should be made through GTTR.

Course contact details

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