Taught course

PGCE Primary - ages 3-7

University of Winchester · Department of Postgraduate Initial Training

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have a second-class Honours degree or above (ideally in a subject related to the primary curriculum) plus GCSE passes (or equivalent) at Grade C in English language, science and mathematics. Applicants require two weeks pre-application experience. This experience should be from the last two years and, as a general rule, have taken place in mainstream Primary KS1 and a Foundation Stage setting. Applicants are required to attend an interview. To obtain QTS, students are also required to pass the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Passes in these tests are a pre-course entry condition.

Months of entry


Course content

This PGCE Primary programme at Winchester trains students to teach the 3-7 age range. The programme experience is intensive yet intellectually stimulating - it involves high levels of active participation and personal and professional commitment, enabling the development of thoughtful and high-quality entrants to the teaching profession.

Established in 1840 as a teacher training college, the University of Winchester has built on this history with high-quality and innovative teacher education programmes.

This course prepares students to teach across the age ranges of 3-7 (full-time route only). The route is organised around six modules and includes placements in schools or educational settings.

Students undertake studies in all elements of primary education; they extend their knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. These areas of understanding and skill are then applied to classroom practice during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings, dependent on the route being undertaken.

Full-time study is arranged to be consistent with the primary school year and starts with a pre-programme 15 days in school/s arranged by the student. Students are provided with a handbook to guide these pre-programme observations and activities.

Teaching placements are predominantly in Hampshire primary schools, but this geographical area often extends to Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Surrey. Students also have the opportunity to take one of their placements in East London or the Isle of Wight. Students with suitable pre-programme experience may take one placement in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) setting.

All students are allocated a personal tutor to support them in their progress through the programme. Progress is tracked both academically and in terms of the Teachers' Standards (Department for Education 2012), which are a required part of professional training.

The programme is a blend of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings.

The taught programme introduces students to the many and varied aspects of primary phase education. Students undertake modules within Professional Studies, Curriculum Studies and Personalising Learning, exploring themes relating to education, schools, the curriculum and learning and teaching. The taught modules are designed to work together to support progression in student skills and understanding of primary pedagogy, and to support student achievement in the school experience modules.

Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible. Applications for full-time and part-time study should be made online via the UCAS Teacher Training website located at www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training

All applicants to the programme are required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and complete a health declaration. The cost of the DBS check is covered by applicants. For the latest costs please visit the DBS website at

Application enquiries can be made to the Admissions Tutor at



Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) or equivalent approved. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Limited bursaries, scholarships and discounts are available - please see our website under 'Students and Money' for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Mary Scanlan
+44 (0) 1962 827244