Taught course

Primary Education with QTS: General Primary (5-11) years

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.
  • Three GCSEs at minimum grade C/4 or above to include English language, mathematics and science (including biology, chemistry or physics).
  • A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study
  • The ability to discriminate key ideas and express arguments
  • All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced DBS clearance according to established university procedures

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Passionate about helping children to be the very best they can be from the very start of their academic life? Learn to spark their wisdom and trigger their imagination, inspiring them for life by becoming a primary school teacher.

We’ve designed our highly-rated PGCE General Primary with QTS to support your journey all the way from student through to achieving status as a newly-qualified teacher.

You’ll learn through theory and plenty of first-hand experience how to work within the National Curriculum framework and confidently devise and deliver interesting lessons to engage young minds across a broad spectrum of subjects in primary school.

And, because our course has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) built-in, you can apply for a position as a primary school teacher the minute you graduate.

The award of PGCE with QTS is widely recognised within the teaching profession and it is a qualification that carries a high status. By studying for a PGCE with QTS with the University of Cumbria, or through a School Direct partner in association with the University of Cumbria, you will be joining an institution that can trace its roots in teacher education back to 1891 at Charlotte Mason’s House of Education at Ambleside and to 1964 at St Martin’s College at Lancaster. We are proud of this heritage and proud that we continue to make a significant contribution to teacher education.

Your programme will enable you to learn through a structured interplay of theory and practice. More than half of your time will be spent in school, observing experienced, expert teachers, supporting learning in the classroom and planning and teaching ever-growing sequences of lessons – learning how to apply skills and concepts to the classroom context.

You will study a range of modules including 2 at Masters level and these 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) well beyond the statutory requirements.

Your Career with a PGCE Teaching Qualification

This course can lead to a fulfilling career as a primary teacher, with QTS built-in to enable you to go straight into work. Nine out of 10 of our graduates go into a professional teaching career or further education within six months of graduating.

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
  • Further details of qualification

    As this is a PGCE, it also includes some work at masters level, leading to 60 credits that can count towards an MA in Education.

Course contact details

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