Taught course

Primary PGCE

University of Sussex · School of Education and Social Work

Entry requirements

You must be a graduate of an approved institution of Higher Education or validating body from a course that is recognised as being equivalent to at least a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree.

You must also have passed the equivalent of GCSE English and Mathematics (Grade C) and complete professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy. You must also have achieved a Grade C GCSE or equivalent in a science subject. Evidence of having gained these qualifications must be provided at interview.

Months of entry


Course content

This course prepares you to successfully start your career as a new teacher – you’ll benefit from our excellent record in employment. You’ll learn to teach in schools in East or West Sussex, Brighton & Hove or Kent.

School-led teacher education is provided by experienced mentors and professional tutors, and is supported by University tutors throughout the year.

Key facts

We develop our trainees’ skills as reflective practitioners using an innovative range of assessment modes that enable individuals to succeed.

We train teachers who demonstrate a strong core philosophy about effective children’s learning, and who are critically challenging and questioning.

Our employability records exceed national benchmarks: 100% of Primary trainees have found jobs year-on-year, and 100% have stayed in their roles over the last four years. All Secondary PGCE subjects exceed national expectations.

How will I study?

All teachers are prepared to meet a set of national professional standards, recognised by the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

In preparation for QTS, teachers prepare a portfolio of evidence of achievement, charting progress over the academic year. It includes evidence of lesson observations, engagement with professional development, and self-designed teaching and learning materials.

The main elements of the PGCE course are:

  • Professional Knowledge for Schools
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Professional Practice.

At all stages, assessment is shared between school-based professionals and University tutors.

Information for international students

English language requirements

Higher level (IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English Language Support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

Please note that this course awards a professional qualification specifically for teaching in the UK.

Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and Immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Postgraduate Masters Loans

Borrow up to £10,000 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months

Course contact details

School of Education and Social Work
+44 (0)1273 678447