Taught course

PGCE Primary Education (5-11 years)

University of Sunderland · Faculty of Education and Society

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from holders of a good honours degree (normally at 2.1 or above) Applicants should also have at least grade C in GCSE Mathematics, Science and English (or equivalent) by commencement of the programme. All successful applicants will be invited in for interview. Interviews start mid to late November time so we recommend for you to apply as soon as UCAS opens in October. Completion of the Teaching Agency skills tests prior to the course starting is an additional requirement, please see details below. Applicants should demonstrate that they have a broad educational background which will support the teaching of the primary curriculum at Grade C or above in a range of other National Curriculum GCSE subjects and A level subjects (or equivalents). Recent and relevant experience in English mainstream state primary schools and other educational settings is also very desirable and this will strengthen applicants written personal statements and references. Applicants are expected to show substantial, recent experience (two weeks minimum, but preferably more) of working within English state mainstream Primary Classroom(s) at KS1 and/or KS2 during the past two years. Applicants are asked to provide a start and finish date of any experience, the name of the school and the class year group under the appropriate heading on the application form. Applicants may also demonstrate the relevancy of any appropriate work experience which may be relevant to the programme and to the teaching profession. Additional requirements: DBS Enhanced Disclosure Completion of a medical pro forma Entrants to Initial Teacher Education Programmes need to be aware of the Government regulations regarding mandatory “Professional skills tests for Trainee teachers” in numeracy and literacy. Successful completion of the Skills tests in literacy and numeracy are as condition before starting the course. It would be helpful, but not essential, to take the tests before your interview Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score or 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, no sub section below 6.

Months of entry


Course content

Do you want to become a primary school teacher and help children aged 5-11 years make the best possible start in life? This initial teacher training course covers the knowledge and skills that are required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Our one-year course blends University-based academic learning with practical teaching experience in partner schools. The teaching practice represents more than half the course. We have nearly 200 partner schools that are spread around the North East. Students work together with the placement office to secure placements.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, please go to our English language requirements web page. http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/ug/englishlanguagerequirements/ If you require accommodation please go to the following web page. http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/pg/postgraduateaccommodation/

Fees and funding

For information on fees and funding please click here

The UK Government is keen to encourage high-quality graduates to train as teachers, and so offers bursaries to attract more people into teaching. For more information and to check the eligibility criteria, please click here

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Susan Edgar
+44 (0)191 515 3845