Taught course

Teacher Training PGCE (Primary)

University of Gloucestershire · School of Education and Humanities

Entry requirements

  • A 2.2 honours degree or equivalent
  • A minimum grade 4 (C) in GCSE English Language, Maths and a Science subject
  • If you are offered a place on the programme you will be required to complete a health declaration, which will be assessed by the University Doctor.

The University of Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all our trainees to share this commitment.

If you are offered a place it will be subject to:

  • Satisfactory Safeguarding checks including the receipt of a ‘satisfactory’ Enhanced DBS return including children’s barred list information
  • Satisfactory completion of suitability form
  • Verification of two references
  • Satisfactory Certificate of Good conduct, where applicable, for those who have lived or worked abroad

Months of entry


Course content

If you’re looking for a lifelong, challenging and exciting career, teaching may be for you. We offer our students an exceptional training experience at the University of Gloucestershire. The course aims to prepare you for entry into the teaching profession, developing your expertise in teaching children aged either 3-7 years or 5-11 years.

There are two awards at the end of the course – the Postgraduate Certificate in Education and the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education – depending on the academic assessment of the course. Both awards include recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for successful candidates.

We were founded as a teaching college 175 years ago, and following the introduction of new quality requirements, our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), have successfully achieved reaccreditation in 2022 by the Department of Education.

Our ITT courses have also recently been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, with inspectors highlighting their ‘unique’ emphasis on sustainability and the University’s strong partnership with schools.

Study style

This PGCE gives a high priority to school-based learning and to developing your analysis, evaluation and autonomous learning and development skills. We work with a range of primary schools and early years settings, enabling us to place trainees in at least two different schools throughout the course of training.

School placements are assessed through the scrutiny of evidence by students, school staff and university tutors – while professional development and subject knowledge are assessed through written assignments.

Strong collaboration between expert colleagues across the university and our partnership promotes inspirational research-informed training for aspirational teachers. Our highly professional trainees take responsibility for their own learning and make an immediate impact on pupil progress. We want all of our trainees to make a significant contribution to children’s lives and to feel enriched by successful careers in teaching.

Fees and funding

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

+44 (0)3330 141414