Taught course

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

University of Cumbria · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

Normally a first degree, or 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.

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? Learn to engage their minds, teach and trigger their imagination becoming a Primary School teacher.

Our well respected PGCE General Primary with QTS supports you through your journey from student to newly-qualified teacher. 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.


Ready to inspire and change the lives of Primary aged children with the learning of our acclaimed PGCE General Primary? This programme allows you to hone your skills and experience to teach engaging lessons in a primary school setting. This unique course pathway gives you the opportunity to raise children's achievements and cultivate a lifelong love of learning.

You’ll learn through a blend of theory and hands-on experience, working within the National Curriculum framework. You'll explore the concepts and key themes of Primary General, confidently devising and delivering engaging lessons to children aged 5-11 years old.

Over half the course will be spent working with children on assessed placement, with school-based enrichment activities alongside your university-based study. You'll take three placements across a variety of schools and settings, building a wealth of experience to help advance your future career.


  • Develop your passion for inspiring curiosity in children into a fulfilling career.
  • Benefit from high-quality support from our academics and staff on a programme designed around you.
  • Learn from an experienced, highly qualified programme team, working at the forefront of the academic field.
  • Enjoy the intimate feel of our course delivery, with small class sizes and your own personal tutor.
  • Utilise cutting edge research on a newly revalidated and up-to-date course.


This programme is focused on the two key elements that make effective practitioners. Firstly, raising the achievement of children and secondly, high-quality teaching and learning. It is these two elements together that will empower you to aspire to become outstanding teachers.

The course is structured in such a way that it scaffolds you through your learning journey in a progressive way from induction to course completion. This is done through a combination of relevant, detailed and comprehensive contributory modules which are complemented by qualificatory modules that support the development of effective classroom practice. All modules have been developed to enable you to make strong, meaningful and effective connections between theory, research and practice.

You gain the academic PGCE qualification via successful completion of two masters level modules:

  • High-Quality Teaching and Learning.
  • Raising the Achievement of Children.

These are focussed on the theory, research and practice which must be in place in order to be the highest quality, effective practitioner.

Year one

To support your professional learning, you will engage with modules designed to help develop your professional practice. These will cover the range of curriculum areas as well as key professional skills and attributes such as planning, behaviour management and professionalism. You will have the chance to work with subject experts. Another way in which the programme supports your understanding of the interplay between theory and practice is through the use of school embedded learning. This is characterised by time spent in schools when you are not on placement. It provides a highly valuable opportunity to learn from experienced class teachers and practitioners, to bring ideas 3 from your modules into school and to take examples from school back into your modules for discussion and reflection.

  • PGCE7003 Building Professional Understanding
  • PGCE7004 Enhancing Professional Practice
  • PGPC9140 Learning, Teaching and Subject Pedagogy
  • PGPC9130 Being a Teacher
  • PGPC9150 Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy Enrichment
  • PGPC9070 Cumbria Teacher of Reading
  • PGPC9160 Beginning Professional Practice
  • PGPC9170 Developing Professional Practice
  • PGPC9180 Extending Professional Practice

Information for international students

At the University of Cumbria, we offer affordable tuition fees for international and EU students looking to study at one of our main four campuses. No matter your choice of course or career path, our International Team is here to support you. For more information, please click here.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and funds available to support you throughout your studies with us. You can find out more about Student Finance specifically for PGCE Students on the PGCE Finance webpages.


Scholarship fund worth up to £2,000

We're offering a PGCE scholarship worth up to £2,000 to alumni of University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster or Salford University. Find out more on our Scholarships and Bursaries webpages.


We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and funds available to support you throughout your studies with us. This includes the Cumbria Bursary - a non-repayable bursary designed to support first year students with a household income of less than £25,000. For more information, please click here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Centre
01228 588 588