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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary (with Qualified Teacher Status QTS)

The Primary PGCE course forms a practical introduction to teaching. It provides the knowledge needed to teach children aged 5-11 years.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


The Primary PGCE is built on a consideration of the relationship between theory, practice and research.

It provides the professional expertise to teach children aged 5-11 years. The emphasis is on learning from experience through reflection and enquiry.

You'll undertake a combination of academic and professional study. This is to achieve recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

During the PGCE you undertake 60 credits of master's level modules. When you pass all components, you graduate with the PGCE at master's level and will be recommended for QTS.

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What you'll learn

Course modules revolve around school and classroom practice.

The course consists of school experience, primary professional studies and curriculum studies. The focus on professional studies and curriculum studies. This prepares you for delivering the National Curriculum. You will cover:

  • art
  • design and technology
  • English
  • geography
  • history
  • information and communication technology
  • mathematics
  • music
  • physical education
  • religious education
  • science

We also offer expertise in historical, philosophical and sociological perspectives on education.


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development


Practical placements in schools take place across 120 days during the course. This provides a foundation for the professional journey towards being an outstanding practitioner. Placements will improve confidence and competence in the classroom.

We have many long-lasting relationships with various partnership schools. This enables a wide range of experiences across a range of contexts.

You'll spend 120 days of the PGCE year in many partnership schools. You'll also learn about Diversity and Equality and Special Educational Needs in schools.

The integration of school-based experience and university-based sessions is a powerful feature of the course. Many students each year gain employment in the school where they have trained.

Your future

Our graduates are high-quality professionals who meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status. They exercise the professional judgement required to promote the highest quality education. They engage with enquiry-based learning, research and theory.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


You'll have access to facilities and a growing collection of online resources. This includes a well-stocked Education Resource Centre.

You'll have access to two postgraduate research student study rooms. The largest study toom has recently been upgraded with additional workstations and soft seating area.

We have two on-site clinics:

We also have a well-equipped resource centre.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

How to apply

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  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

PGCE Admissions
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences


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