Taught course

PGCE Primary Education

University of Chichester · Institute for Education

Entry requirements

First Degree – 2:2 or above GCSE/‘O’ Levels – including English, Maths and Science (A – C) Recent classroom experience in a UK state primary school (a minimum of two weeks’ experience in the last two years). All successful applicants will have to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and complete a satisfactory Occupational Health questionnaire before commencement of the course. Passes in the Professional Skills Test for Literacy and Numeracy.

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCE Primary Programme is a one year course that prepares students to teach the 5-11 age range (all primary school subjects). The course is offered at Masters level and successful students will be awarded 60 Masters level credits as well as recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The course is approximately 39 weeks long with 24 of these weeks spent in schools. This includes two long assessed placements and three shorter 'enhanced placements' where you will focus on the teaching of reading or mathematics in schools with particularly good practice in those areas or spend time in a special school working with children with Special Educational Needs.

You will also have two four-week blocks of intensive study at the university to develop your subject knowledge for primary teaching and prepare you to teach. While at the university, we allocate every PGCE student with an adviser who will meet you regularly to help you assess your progress, set challenging but achievable targets, and to support you. The academic assignment for the course is a portfolio of tasks and your adviser will provide help and feedback on your work throughout the course.

The course is taught in partnership with local schools and students will be taught and supported by a team of experienced tutors from the University and teachers in partnership schools. The course has been designed with teachers and students working together to meet the demands that primary teachers face today.

The course has received outstanding Ofsted results and has been well evaluated by students over the years. Employment rates are high with many trainees gaining employment in local partner schools.

Indicative Course Content

  • Professional Studies
  • Core Curriculum Studies (English, Mathematics, Science)
  • Foundation Curriculum Studies (e.g. History, PE, Computing, MFL etc.)
  • School Experience

School Experience

A typical pattern of school experience would be:

  • Autumn term - Eight week paired school experience (School A)
  • Spring term - Enhanced placements. Three two-week placements focusing on the teaching of Maths, English or teaching pupils with Special Educational Needs. These are group placements in schools with particular strengths in these areas.
  • Summer term - Ten week school experience (School B)


To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete a portfolio assignment at Level M (Postgraduate) and all blocks of School Experience.


Duration of the course is one year full time.

Subject areas

  • primary teaching
  • teacher education and training
  • school teaching

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Chris Shelton