Taught course

PGCE Primary 3-7

University of Winchester · Department of Postgraduate Initial Training

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have completed an Honours degree, with an expected second-class award or above, and have gained GCSE passes at Grade C (Grade 4 if completed from summer 2017 onwards) or above in English language, science and mathematics.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Obtain Qualified Teacher Status with Ofsted outstanding-rated initial teacher training
  • Gain practical experience with two school placements
  • Option to include an SEN specialism

PGCE Primary at Winchester prepares you to teach in either the 3–7 or 5–11 age range. The course gives you the opportunity to learn to teach in a stimulating and supportive environment, from tutors with extensive expertise and experience. You leave the programme as a high quality postgraduate teacher, with the skills, knowledge and motivation to inspire and educate others.

Established in 1840 as a teacher training college, the University of Winchester has built on this history with innovative, high-quality teacher education programmes. PGCE Primary is a postgraduate professional programme of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) leading to the award of either Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with Masters level credits) or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, both including the recommendation of the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You are prepared to teach across the age ranges of 3–7 (full-time route only) or 5–11 (full-time or part-time route). The course covers all elements of primary education, extending your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum, and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You then apply this understanding and skill to classroom practice during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings, dependent on the route you have chosen. On the 5-11 route, if you have suitable pre-programme experience, you can take one placement in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) setting.

Study modules in Professional Theory and Practice, Personalising Learning, Exploring the Curriculum, An Introduction to the Curriculum and two assessed placements. 120 days of the programme are dedicated to school-based activity. This includes: 15 days pre-programme experience (under the direction of the programme); a seven-week autumn school experience placement; a 12-week spring/summer school experience placement; and a three-week enquiry week placement.

PGCE Primary at the University of Winchester has a high employability rate, with many students securing their first teaching posts in our partnership schools.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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