Taught course

Primary Education Teaching

University of Hertfordshire · School of Social Science, Humanities and Education

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree (2.2 or higher), awarded by a UK university or an overseas award recognised as equivalent by NARIC.
  • Maths, English Language and Science GCSE Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).

Months of entry


Course content

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.

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.

School-based training will take place across the 3-7, 5-11, or 7-11 age ranges depending on the pathway selected. 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.

Information for international students

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1707 284000