Taught course

Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE - Primary

University of Worcester · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

Prior to entry, students must have as a minimum an honours degree (2:2) or equivalent Grade C in GCSE or equivalent in English, Mathematics and Science. These GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications should have been obtained at the time of application Successful completion of the National College for Teaching and Learning Professional Skills test for Literacy and Numeracy. You will need to have evidence of some recent work experience in a primary school or nursery setting before applying for the course, ideally 5-10 days’ practice in a primary, Foundation or Nursery setting (within the last year). Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed. All Trainee Teachers are required to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach, to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced disclosure and to register with the General Teaching Council for England. If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice.

Extended subjects offered include the National Curriculum subjects, French, ICT, RE, SEN and Advanced Early Years. Candidates apply for the course selecting which of these they would like to develop as their Extended Subject, based on their qualifications and/or experience.

Months of entry


Course content

At Worcester we were born to teach. The institution was founded in 1947 as a teacher training college with a mission to ‘win the peace through education’.
Few sights are as rewarding as that of the curious young mind in pursuit of knowledge, and few careers combine excellent professional prospects with the opportunity to inspire in others a love of learning that will last a lifetime.
At Worcester, our PGCE in primary education is led by experienced academic staff with extensive research profiles, meaning your learning is shaped by those helping to shape education itself. With a range of career-enhancing subject specialisms for you to choose from, and personalised support that is tailored to meet your needs, you have the ideal environment to hone your skills as an inspiring and innovative teacher.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is an internationally respected route in to a career in teaching, but it is also the start of a journey like no other.
Key features
  • Worcester is one of the country's leading providers of teaching training, with an excellent reputation in this area
  • With 60 credits at Masters level and a strong international reputation, a PGCE is a great career choice
  • Our Pedagogy & Professional Practice element explores wider issues of education and society, enhancing your prospects as a future leader in the profession
  • Our PGCE gives you the option to take the PGCE Primary with Mathematics pathway and to become a Mathematics Specialist - this dual option is provided by only a handful of universities in the country
  • PE specialist is also a unique pathway choice when you apply to Worcester
  • Personalised support package in transition from trainee to Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) helping you to identify your development needs and excel as a teacher

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Professional practice50

Course contact details

Admissions Office
01905 855111