Taught course

PGCE Early Years (including School Direct)

University of Chester · Faculty of Education and Children's Services

Entry requirements

Minimum of 2.1 honours degree; GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English language, mathematics and a science (preferably combined) at time of application; it should be noted though that a grade B in 1 or more of the above subjects would be preferred; 10 days or more school experience is required as is a CRB disclosure.Interview required. Candidates will be required to undertake written tasks relating to literacy, numeracy and science.

Months of entry


Course content

PGCE with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (includes 60 credits at Masters level).

The PGCE Primary/Early Years programme focuses on children's learning and development in the age range 3-7 years. However, although the programme prepares you to teach specific ages, once qualified you are able develop your expertise to teach any age. There are opportunities for trainees to develop the theoretical underpinning of learning and teaching as well as the practical skills and knowledge needed for teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Cross curricular themes, such as education for sustainability, the role and influence of literacy, numeracy and ICT, diversity, equality and special educational needs, permeate all the modules.

Professional placement modules aim to provide trainees with the opportunities to meet the standards for QTS in 2 different settings and in 2 age phases.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

PGCE Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000