Taught course

Lower Primary with QTS (3-7 year olds)

University of Cumbria · Faculty of Education

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Entry requirements

Normally a first degree, or its equivalent with a minimum of 2:2 honours. If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis. Three GCSEs at minimum grade C or above to include English language, mathematics and science (including biology, chemistry or physics). More detailed selection criteria are available on the course listing page of the university website.

Months of entry


Course content

You will study a range of modules to develop your knowledge and understanding of 3-7 year olds, including two modules at masters level. These will cover child development, the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1. On completion of the course, you can seek accreditation (of 60 credits) towards our MA in Education Professional Practice.

Over half of the course is spent on school-based learning, with support for each student according to their needs. This will help you reflect and analyse children as learners, cross-curricular learning and teaching, and innovative teaching approaches. The academic part of the course allows you to study curriculum, pedagogy and aspects of professional life (including leadership) beyond the statutory requirements.

Fees and funding

Teacher training bursaries and postgraduate loans are available for all our PGCE courses. See our PGCE student finance page for full details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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0845 606 1144