Taught course

Primary Education

University of Southampton · Southampton Education School

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Entry requirements

A UK bachelors degree with GCSEs (or equivalent) in English language, mathematics and Science, preferably double or triple, at grades A*-C/9-4, passed Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy, a clear (or approved) enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and a satisfactory health check

Months of entry


Course content


Learn how to plan, teach and assess across the primary curriculum and how to manage and organise a classroom.

• 100% of Education graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduation (DLHE survey, 2016/17)

• PGCE Primary available in general primary and in primary with maths specialism

• Opportunities to work in Kenya, with trainees describing this as ‘life-changing’

• In partnership with a total of over 125 local schools and colleges


Our student’s benefit from the integration of University and school-based learning which draws on the expertise of our partner schools as well as University tutors. As a leading research-led University, you can engage with research in a variety of ways, including conducting a self-chosen, small-scale classroom investigation.

The PGCE primary course aims to provide students with the tools needed to become a reflective, research-led teacher who is able to critically analyse their own practice through training – and onto their teaching career.

• Expand your understanding of how children learn and the factors that are involved

• Develop your subject knowledge in relation to the National Curriculum

• Develop positive attitudes towards the health and well-being of children and teachers in schools

• Support your growing proficiency in planning, teaching, assessing and managing a classroom

• Familiarise you with current policy and initiatives

• Achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through practical experience

• Experience two contrasting schools during the course alongside university-based learning

Information for international students


Fees and funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
023 8059 3473