PGCE Primary - Full-time

Year of entry

Applications for 2018 entry are open and are made via UCAS Teacher Training.


This course aims to enable you to meet, and exceed, the Teacher Standards’ criteria as set out by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for teaching across the primary phase of education through:

  • Exploring how learning links to the development of ourselves as teachers and the pupils with whom we work;
  • Harnessing the power of research and professional knowledge as a key part of our own reflective practice and theory building;
  • Promoting creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning;
  • Taking account of the role of education in developing the whole person by modelling a reflective and enquiry based approach to learning, promoting learning in a broad range of local, national and international contexts and exploring sustainability as a key feature of learning for the present and the future; and by promoting core educational values such as honesty, compassion, integrity and the pursuit of wisdom;
  • Promoting equality of opportunity in all learning environments;
  • Monitoring, evaluating and assessing the impact of the learning environment on all learners;
  • Providing individual support and development for learners based on their individual needs and endeavours to build respectful learning communities.

This means that the course will not restrict you to a limited age-range for your career, and it will help in preparing you to teach all subjects of the primary curriculum.

The course will support you in meeting the NCTL requirement to teach across two consecutive age-phases, and within two different school settings.

The course will also encourage you to be able to start moulding specific interests for your intended career. For example, you will be able to request whether to be based with 3-7, 7-9 or 9-11 age-phase for some professional placements andyou will have opportunity to select from a range of module options for your Enhanced Study. Similarly, there will be opportunity within the programme to apply for a professional placement in a SEN school.

There is in addition an opportunity to express a specific interest with foreign languages at the time of your application (separate application code). By doing so, you will still be aiming towards the same PGCE Primary qualification but will have some additional opportunities to engage with foreign language learning and teaching during the main programme.

This includes an automatic place on the ‘Languages in the Primary Curriculum’ Enhanced Study module option. It includes, at the time of writing, priority opportunity for a self-funded two-week research placement offered as part of this module option, in Germany, France and Spain.

We are also currently able to support a year-long subscription to an online language enhancement programme. The precise nature of such enhanced languages opportunities may vary from those stated here, depending on any unforeseen changing contexts that our partners, or indeed we ourselves may subsequently experience. Every endeavour will of course be taken to ensure such enrichment opportunities for languages are however maintained.

The School of Teacher Education and Development, within which this course resides, enjoys a strong partnership with local primary schools and early years settings. They are fully involved in all aspects of the programme, including recruitment and selection, course planning and development, leading support for your progress against the Teacher Standards when you are on placement, and grading you against the Teacher Standards.    

The programme is aimed at graduates who have a real passion, enthusiasm and commitment towards joining the teaching profession as a primary-phase teacher, and who seek to become the very best teacher and ‘leader of learning’ they can.

The more understanding you bring with you about the nature of teaching and learning in UK primary schools from the early years up to Year 6, and the role of the professional teacher, the better. That is why a minimum of 10 days experience in a primary school setting/working with children is a condition of being offered a place on the PGCE Primary course.

Please note: having been accepted onto the programme, you would then be required to independently arrange and complete a further period of preliminary observation time in a primary school, currently 10 days, completing an Independent Study Pack in preparation for the official start of the programme.

On successfully completing your PGCE, as well as moving into completing your NQT year and pursing your teaching career, there is also potential for you to engage in further study for a full Masters’ degree and on to a Doctorate in Education.

All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Professional Studies, Curriculum Studies and Enhanced Studies. All learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and your academic study will be both informed by, and also inform, practice. PGCE students will be placed in two schools for a mixture of blocked time (e.g. weeks) and serial days or ’invasion’ days ( day a week) adding up to meet the current Government requirement for a minimum 120 days in school.

Following successful completion of this course, the usual next step is to seek employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher and to successfully pass that part of your induction into the teaching profession. From there, your teaching career can take you on to a very rewarding and exciting professional journey involving learning and teaching, leadership and management, research and advisory roles.  

This full-time PGCE course will comprise a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops tutorials and self-study, balanced with your periods of professional practice. You can expect to be busy, and it is a full time commitment.

Currently for example:

Term 1 is a blend of university based sessions and your first professional practice and assignment.

Term 2 comprises university based sessions, serial and research days in school, and your second professional practice. Your other two assignments are due during this term.

Term 3 largely comprises your final professional practice, and completion of your Record of Development.

You will be taught and supported by a range of academic tutors and professional colleagues from our school partnership. It is worth noting that academic tutors on this course also have QTS and teaching experience.

You will be assessed in two main ways, via academic assignments and assessment of their teaching.

You will submit three academic assignments for 20 Level 7 credits in each curriculum, enhanced and professional studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but you may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to each assignment. You will also be required to develop and complete an ongoing record of your professional practice and engagement.

Professional practice will be formally assessed at the end of each professional placement, or which there are three. Each must be successfully passed in order to progress through the course. At the end of your final placement you will be awarded your final grading against each of the Teacher Standards.

You can exit the PGCE courses with one of two awards. The Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) is awarded to students who pass all modules and who gain 40 or 60 Level 7 credits. The Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) is awarded to students who pass all modules on the programme and with less than 40 Level 7 credits.  All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.  


The 2018/19 tuition fees for this course have not yet been confirmed. 

The 2017/18 tuition fees were:

2017/18 tuition fees for this course

Full-time £9,250 **£11,500
Part-time N/A  N/A

However, it should be noted that these fees are indicative only and the final 2018/19 tuition fees might be higher.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Applications can be made through UCAS Teacher Training from 18 October 2017 for the September 2018 intake.

Before you start the course you will need to have undertaken both a DBS and Occupational Health clearance through the University.

Offers of a place on the programme are conditional, subject to successful completion of the Occupational Health clearance, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and completion of the Government’s professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy.

Professional Placement: You should be aware that schools have the right to terminate a professional placement at any time during the course if they believe that pupil learning/progress is being unduly compromised, or with any serious professional conduct and/or safeguarding issues.

Maintaining good levels of professional conduct throughout the course is therefore critical for successful completion. (Professional regulations apply to this programme; see the Professional Code of Conduct, NCTL).Any serious breaches of professional misconduct would necessarily be referred to a Professional Capability Panel.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • 2VBH PGCE Primary
  • 2242 PGCE Primary with Languages

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 1 year - full time

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above), English, maths and science at GCSE (Grade C or above) or equivalent, and to have passed the government's skills test in literacy and numeracy.
  • A commitment to becoming the best teacher you can be, with a minimum of 10 days recent experience in a UK primary school. If you cannot spend the full 10 days in a primary school prior to application we can still consider your application as long as you have spent 5 days in a primary classroom. If you are successful in being offered a place on the course the additional 5 days would be a condition of your offer and would need to be undertaken prior to starting on the course.



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