Taught course

Primary Education

University of Hertfordshire · School of Education

Entry requirements

2016 entry All entrants to a primary teaching course require GCSE English Language, mathematics and science at grade C. You will also need an Honours degree (2.2 or higher), awarded by a UK university or an overseas award recognised as equivalent by NARIC. You will also be required to pass the Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course. Personal suitability for teaching is important and is assessed at interview. Five(5) days recent (within the past year) work experience in a state primary school is essential before application, in order to complete specific classroom-based tasks and obtain a brief statement from the school. Download task details. We also welcome applications from those with other relevant experience of working with primary aged children. Please give full details of all such experience in your personal statement. During registration on the programme, you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) barred list and criminal records check. If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level. 2017 entry  Honours degree (2.2 or higher). Maths, English Language and Science GCSE Grade 4 or above.  Subject to interview and DBS check.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is available to UK/EU students only. This programme offers Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 3-11 age phases in primary schools with a choice of school placements in Foundation/Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2. The programme comprises of taught sessions at the University and school-based training. Please note: The PGCE primary University-led programme is currently closed for further applications due to the Government’s recruitment control. School Direct PGCE primary places are still available with our accredited provider, The Gateway Teaching Alliance. The content of The Gateway’s mirrors that of the University led programme. For details, see Churchfield Primary School. The PGCE Primary programme is structured to allow you to develop the skills required by primary teachers to teach the full range of National Curriculum subjects, with a strong emphasis on English and mathematics, and to develop specific expertise for making a distinctive contribution to primary practice. It also prepares you to meet the needs of individual learners by developing your awareness of child development, diversity, special educational needs and disabilities, behaviour and learners with English as an additional language. The PGCE programme is an intensive course which should not be undertaken lightly. It requires a good deal of physical and emotional resilience to complete successfully. You need to be sure that you can meet the demands of the course and that the ethos and working style of the University of Hertfordshire suit your style of learning. For school-based training, you will select either a Foundation Stage / Key stage 1 (3 – 7 years) or Key Stage 1 / Key Stage 2 (5 – 11 years) pathway. At the end of the course, you will be qualified to teach across the 3 – 11 age range. The pathway you choose affects the schools in which you are placed for training. This is a full-time, 1 year programme. (5 days a week attendance). The PGCE is offered at master’s level and the 60 M level credits gained can be accredited towards a master’s degree, via our MA/MSc programmes. Those who achieve at Level 6 will be awarded the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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