Taught course

Primary Education

York St John University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for programmes leading to QTS are stipulated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) ITT criteria 2012. These are: - An Honours degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent (Ordinary degrees cannot be accepted) - GCSE in English (or YSJ approved equivalent) at Grade C or above - GCSE in Mathematics (or YSJ approved equivalent including the York St John Maths Equivalency test or the GCSE award from EquivalencyTesting.com) at Grade C or above - GCSE in Science (or YSJ approved equivalent including GCSE Human Physiology, GCSE Human Biology, Intermediate GNVQ Science or the GCSE award from EquivalencyTesting.com) at Grade C or above. Additional criteria apply please see the website for further information.

Lower Primary, Upper Primary

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCE Primary programme is structured in phases (introductory, developmental and consolidation) and within each phase you will follow a similar pattern of learning to that of a ‘spiral curriculum’. This is to enable you to reflect upon your learning and make effective links with curriculum and pedagogy through relating theory to practice.

Alongside academic assignments, you will be assessed in three school experience placements: these again follow the introductory, development and consolidation phases. The nature of these placements enables you to progress effectively by building upon your skills as student teachers. In addition to these teaching placements, you will also complete experiential placements in order to meet the requirement of 120 days of school-based training, as stipulated by the NCTL’s Initial Teacher Training (2012) criteria. The experiential placements are specifically designed to integrate with the taught modules so that you can widen your experience and develop a deeper pedagogical knowledge. You will observe children and young people in settings such as playgroups, nurseries and crèches, primary and secondary schools. Enrichment opportunities could include an international placement as well as focused days on, for example, phonics and behaviour management.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see York St John University website here: https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees--funding/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment15
Creative work15
Professional practice20
Dissertation (6000 words)

Course contact details

Subject Administrator for Primary Education
+44 (0)1904 876687