Taught course

Teacher Training PGCE (Primary)

University of Gloucestershire · Department of Education

Entry requirements

You will need at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent preferably in a subject that is relevant to the primary school curriculum. You will need a minimum grade C in English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject at GCSE. You will need to be able to demonstrate evidence of successful experience in a primary classroom setting successful completion of the literacy and numeracy professional skills test. In addition to the above, successful applicants will be required to complete one weeks of school experience in a primary school before commencing the PGCE course. EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

Our PGCE Primary was judged to be 'outstanding' by OFSTED (2015).

Our PGCE Primary Teacher Education course aims to prepare you for entry into the teaching profession, developing your expertise in teaching children aged either three to seven years or five to 11 years. There are two awards: Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, depending on attainment in the academic aspects of the course. Both awards include Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This course gives a high priority to school-based learning and to developing your abilities of analysis, evaluation and autonomous learning and development. The PGCE course is planned and taught in partnership with a range of primary schools and early years settings. You will be placed in at least two different schools and will engage in taught lectures and seminars. In school placements, you will work alongside experienced teachers to develop your understanding of how to promote learning and a love of learning with your class.

In preparation to meet the Teachers’ Standards, and therefore be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, you will develop your knowledge, skills and professionalism in a supportive learning environment.

Information for international students

EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent. Please also note that current UK Home Office Immigration rules prevent the University of Gloucestershire from supporting Tier 4 student visas for the PGCE programme.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Learn more at our postgraduate fees, loans and finance page.

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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