Primary Education

PGCE Primary Modular

Year of entry

Year of entry 2018-19 - we are currently refreshing the course for 2018-19. The details below will give you an idea of the type of content covered; please revisit this page later in the year to see the latest information on the updated course.

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

This is a flexible course, which can take between one and three years, depending on individual circumstances and experience.

The PGCE Primary Modular is ideal for those who are not able to commit to a full­time or fixed part-time route into teaching, or who wish to have some recognition taken of existing experience as a teacher or lecturer.

Much of the studying is undertaken independently through online learning.

The course has been designed for all students to meet the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and provides the opportunity to gain 40 Masters level credits.

The course runs in partnership with schools across the region and beyond. Whilst every effort is made to support students in their preferred school location, where a school is more than two hours’ drive from Canterbury we would ask applicants to discuss whether this is possible, with Hannah Marsh in Admissions.

This course provides an opportunity for you to gain a PGCE whilst continuing in employment/caring for a family/fulfilling other life commitments. It is flexible and responsive to your needs. It gives you the chance to tailor your studying to your lifestyle and to take a very individual route to QTS, whilst providing opportunities to meet with likeminded people from all over the United Kingdom and Europe.

Two of the modules offer the opportunity to gain 40 Masters credits and these can then be put towards a Masters degree in the future.

All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies.

All learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study will be informed by and inform practice.

The module work is accessed and submitted online, with tutor support when needed. 

There are three school placements of six weeks, eight weeks and eight weeks.  There is the possibility of gaining exemption from the second placement, if certain criteria are met, including evidence from previous teaching experience. Placement one and two may be undertaken part-time if necessary, doing a minimum of three days a week in school.

You are obliged to attend a minimum of 12 core teaching days at Canterbury.  These cover the core and foundation subjects, are taught by subject specialists and are very highly evaluated.

Graduates of this course are able to enter the teaching profession with confidence.  A student who recently completed the PGCE Modular course wrote:

Thank you for all your hard work in supporting me and in providing such a well-run, accessible and enjoyable course. There's no way I could have studied via the full-time route, and you have given me an opportunity to build a new career in something which I will (hopefully) love. It's both exciting and daunting at the same time!

Graduates may also go on to complete their Masters degree or enter into other education related professions.  Many modular students go on to teach abroad in international settings.

Learning and teaching is comprised of online materials, face-to-face seminars, group and individual tutorials (these can be face-to-face or via Skype/Facetime/telephone/email) and support in school whilst on placement.

The face-to-face seminars are held in Canterbury on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.  These offer the opportunity to network with your colleagues and have access to tutors who are subject specialists.  These days are fun, informative and designed to provide a theoretical underpinning to your learning.  They also offer ideas and suggestions for activities to try out when on school placement and time to answer any queries or concerns you might have.

From the very start of the course you are allocated a pathway tutor who will support you throughout.  They will offer pastoral, academic and school experience support, and this strong relationship is a key aspect of your time on the course. 

You will also have other subject tutors who will offer guidance both for academic work and school placements.  You are welcome to contact tutors and arrange tutorials (face-to-face or virtual) whenever you feel it would be useful.

Module materials are available for you to access online at any time.  You work through these at your own pace and submit assignments online.  Feedback is also via our online service, with tutors available if further guidance is required.  Because everyone on the course progresses at their own rate, it is difficult to determine how many hours of study a week are required.  However, if you are wanting to complete the course in one year, at least three days of study a week would be required.  Most students complete the course within two years, but you have the option to take three years if you wish.


2018/19 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  N/A £12,000
Part-time  £9,250 N/A

Government loans of up to £10,280 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948

Read more about postgraduate masters student loans.

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

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.


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

Students will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in each curriculum, professional and enhanced studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but students may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to their chosen subject options.

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

Students will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in each of the curriculum, professional and enhanced studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but students may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to their chosen subject options.

In addition to the academic requirements, you should also have some recent experience in a primary school in a voluntary or work capacity (work with young people in other contexts is also desirable). You will need to draw on your experiences at interview in order to demonstrate your suitability for this course.

Before you start the course you will need to have undertaken Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health clearance through the University.

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

Applications can be made through UCAS Teacher Training from October 2018 for the January 2019 intake.

This course is highly evaluated for its individualised support for students. 

Once on the course, your pathway tutor helps you plan a timeline for completion, taking into account existing commitments and lifestyle.  This timeline can be adjusted at any point during the course, responding to need and circumstance. 

Because of the flexible nature of the course, you need to be self-motivated and fully committed to setting your own deadlines.  This will enable you to decide how long you will take to complete and give you the incentive to set realistic goals.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • 2W8Q

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 1 to 3 years part-time


  • January 2019

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 experience in a UK primary school.



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