- An Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject - this could be a National Curriculum subject or an area relevant to childhood education. Candidates with a 2:2 degree with substantial school experience are also encouraged to apply. If you’ve got an overseas degree, we’ll need a full transcript of your award and details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution.
- A total of 5 GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications at grade 4 or above, or grade C if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme. These must include English, Maths and Science.
- We would like you to have as much school experience as possible, but at least one week in Key Stage 1 and one week in a Key Stage 2 setting in preparation for the course. We’ll ask you to provide a reference completed by a teacher in a school where you have completed at least 5 days experience.
- Offers will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children. We also ask you to complete a health declaration to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
- You must have passed the skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start the course and we ask you to register for the tests before interview.
- You must demonstrate that you can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.
- You should provide two references. If you are about to graduate or have graduated within the past three years, one referee should be a university or college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability.
These are the usual entry requirements. We do however encourage those with different or older qualifications to apply as we welcome people from different backgrounds.
Months of entry
The University of Huddersfield is pleased to be the training provider for a number of our primary and secondary school partners who offer school-led training through School Direct. As a School Direct trainee you'll have the opportunity to work as part of the teaching team in the alliance of schools to which you've applied from day one. Your chosen alliance will be involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development throughout the programme. School Direct trainees also benefit from studying with other trainees at the University of Huddersfield on our university-led PGCE programmes. Both routes have the same entry requirements, lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and include 90 Masters level credits.
If you've got an undergraduate degree and are striving to become a primary school teacher, then this course will help you on your way. The course focuses on developing the skills you need to teach children from ages five to eleven and upon successful completion we’ll recommend Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
You’ll develop your knowledge of National Curriculum subjects in the primary curriculum with a focus on teaching and learning in Key Stage 1and 2 alongside hands-on classroom experience. A significant amount of your learning will take place in our partnership schools. You’ll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.
Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching post (NQT year) within a primary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 5-11 age range, with opportunities to develop a comprehensive understanding of progression to Key Stage 3 and from the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Fees and funding
In 2018/19 the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU for students on this course will be £9,250 plus an inflationary rise (RPI-X).
Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
• Your placements could be based in areas some distance from your point of study, so please be aware of potential associated travelling costs.
• A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required to enable you to undertake placements in settings with children. We arrange this as part of the application process. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.
You can find more information about available training bursaries on the Department for Education’s website.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries (D348)
- +44 (0) 1484 478249