Taught course

Primary Education

Institution
University of Reading · Institute of Education
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) plus grade C or above in GCSE mathematics, science and English or equivalent. Prior experience (minimum two weeks) in a maintained primary or Early Years school required.

You will also need to pass the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) skills tests and undertake a criminal record and occupational health check.

Months of entry

September

Course content

We are one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK, and are ranked eighth for education in the Guardian University Guide 2016. Our Institute of Education is committed to providing quality postgraduate programmes for current and aspiring teachers. We enable them to meet their personal career aspirations and to have a direct positive impact on the lives of the children and young people in their care. We have a flexible range of programmes to suit your interests.

As well as our teacher training programmes, you can also study for an MA in Education or choose one of our pathways, which will give you a more specialised qualification. We also have excellent partnership arrangements with over 300 local schools. These partnerships ensure that we can offer first-rate placement opportunities to our students, many of which lead to roles once they graduate. O

ur work extends around the globe with consultancy work and other projects taking us to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, the US and Singapore. We also have a wonderfully diverse community of international students from over 100 countries, taking short courses, master’s degrees and PhDs with us.

Specialist pathways in Early Years (3-7), Primary (5-11), Special Educational Needs, Mathematics and Foreign Languages Leadership available. The pathways enable you to specialise in one area or phase but you will also train to teach across age ranges. The programme leads to 60 master’s credits and QTS.

  • Experience inspirational teaching, individual support and high-quality phonics preparation.
  • Develop teaching skills and techniques, and acquire curriculum knowledge.
  • Benefit from strong links between schools and the University.
  • Once qualified, you will have been taught to specialise within your chosen age range, but will also be qualified to teach any primary age.

In addition to the many master’s and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with 100% going on to work or study after the programme and 95% in employment within six months of the programme.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our master’s and professional programmes have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies on to EdD/ PhD programmes to develop a career in educational research.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
10 months

Course contact details

Name
Institute of Education
Email
teachertraining@reading.ac.uk