Taught course

Primary/Early Years PGCE (including School Direct) with QTS

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

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally:

  • hold or be expected to gain a minimum 2:1 degree
  • have GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, Maths and Science
  • have to pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy

Apply online at: www.ucas.com/ucas-teacher-training

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

Teaching is an extremely rewarding and challenging career. Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding teacher. We aim to nurture teachers who are passionate about the development of their own and their pupils' learning.

Why study Primary/Early Years PGCE with us?

The University of Chester Partnership has a rich history of developing highly skilled, knowledgeable teachers, and has a high employability rate. Our Partnership has learning at its heart, combined with passion and enthusiasm for teaching and learning. This is reflected in our 'Outstanding' grading from Ofsted (2016).

We will provide you with the support you need to become a critically reflective evidence-based practitioner through a combination of academic challenge and school-based learning. A distinctive aspect of the Chester experience is the enrichment module, which will support you in developing your expertise and employability in different educational settings, e.g. nurseries, SEND schools, KS2 provision. Strong pastoral care is a key aspect of ensuring your success on this demanding but fulfilling course.

How will I be taught?

Professional and academic learning takes place within University and partnership settings in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials. It is assessed through assignments and directed activities.

School-based learning will move you from observation through group work to whole class teaching. It is assessed holistically against the Teachers’ Standards.

How will I be assessed?

You will be expected to undertake ten independent preparation and consolidation study hours (minimum) per week for the University course, in addition to full teaching days when on placement.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Faculty of Education and Children's Services