Taught course

Primary with Early Years 3-7

University of East London · Cass School of Education and Communities

Entry requirements

Applicants should be able to demonstrate thatthey: can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in standard English; possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher; have the intellectual and academic capabilities needed to meet the Teachers’ Standards; have achieved a standard equivalent to Grade C in the GCSE examinations in English, science and mathematics; hold an honours degree, 2.2 or above, from a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or an equivalent qualification; have had a minimum of five days work experience (voluntary or paid) with pupils in a mainstream primary school.

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCE Primary with Early Years (3-7) at UEL is designed to enable trainees to meet the Teachers Standards. The programme operates in the context of east London schools where the skills, attributes, knowledge and understanding required to facilitate children's learning in a multicultural, multilingual urban environment are of paramount importance. Trainees are supported in developing an understanding of effective Early Years practice in particular, as well as an understanding of Primary practice. Training emphasises the importance of understanding how children learn and develop, and the significance of play. Trainees are supported in developing the skills to reflect critically on practice in order to manage and sustain their own professional development.

Primary PGCE at UEL

For both Primary and Early Years routes

The Primary PGCE is a partnership programme, written and developed in collaboration with schools and local authorities. Much of trainee's time on the programme is spent in schools, observing teaching and learning. Trainees reflect on how the theories studied and the practice carried out in schools relate to one another and gain substantial experience in a teaching role in schools.

Trainees study, participate and collaborate as part of a diverse community. There is the opportunity to develop experience of working with children in a range of settings. Themes such as equal opportunities, multilingualism, classroom organisation and management, and meeting the needs of children with special educational needs underpin the whole programme. Trainees engage with research at Masters Level.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Full programme fees: £9000

Home and EU ITT students may also be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

The bursary level and award is dependent on the subject in which a trainee wishes to teach and the outcome of their most relevant qualification, not the subject of their academic qualification.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries
+44 (0) 208 223 3333
+44 (0) 208 223 2978