Taught course

Primary Education

University of Southampton · Southampton Education School

Entry requirements

Students accepted onto the course must hold at least a 2:2 degree or above. This must be at Honours level and awarded by a British university (or equivalent as confirmed by NARIC).

We accept a wide range of degree subjects, but expect you to demonstrate the relevance of your degree to primary teaching.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Primary PGCE programme will enable you to become an excellent primary teacher, well-informed and confident about your ability to enable all children in your class to enjoy learning and make good progress. Additionally, our Masters level accreditation means that most of our trainees qualify with M level credits, which can represent a valuable first step towards a Masters degree.

Do you enjoy working with children in primary schools? Do you want to inspire the next generation and ensure all children get the best possible education at this critical time of their lives? Then become a primary school teacher and enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding career.

With much of your time being based in school on two longer placements, interspersed with time to reflect and receive further input, the Primary PGCE at Southampton will prepare you to make a significant contribution in primary education.

Our PGCE programme prepares you thoroughly to teach children across the primary age range, through a careful integration of University and school-based learning which draws on the expertise of our partner schools as well as University tutors. In the c36 week course you will spend approximately two-thirds of your time in school and the remainder in University, other settings and self-study. Most trainee teachers will focus on ages 5-11, with some School Direct alliances offering places to train to teach ages 3-7.

We aim to develop your understanding of how children learn and the factors that are involved; develop your subject knowledge in relation to the National Curriculum; support your growing proficiency in planning, teaching, assessing and managing a classroom; familiarise you with current policy and initiatives; and help you to become an informed, reflective, and enquiring professional who will be an asset to any school.

In line with our status as a leading research-led University, our PGCE programme provides opportunities for you to engage with research in a variety of ways, including conducting a self-chosen, small-scale classroom investigation. This contributes towards your achievement at Masters Level. The academic work can be challenging, but helps you develop significantly as a critically enquiring practitioner, well positioned to improve outcomes for your pupils.

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