Primary Education (Part Time 7-11 route)

PGCE Primary - Part-time

This course is now closed.

This course aims to enable you to be a confident and competent classroom practitioner who can enable children to learn effectively across the whole curriculum. Two age phases are available: 3-7 or 5-11 year olds. There are also opportunities to gain academic credits at Master’s level.

If you’re a graduate who wants to train as a teacher but are unable to study full-time or complete a school-based route due to work or caring responsibilities, the PGCE Primary part-time course is the perfect way into teaching for you. You can choose to train to teach 3-7 year olds (including nursery settings) or 5-11 year olds.

The course mainly attracts mature students who have been away from study for a number of years who are united by a desire to become a primary teacher and to enrich the lives of young learners. Our students are driven by wanting a change in their own lives, whilst keen to make a difference to those they teach. Students on this course are supportive of each other.

If you’re looking for a flexible, taught course into teaching – this is the route for you. If you are concerned about juggling the demands of family and work, but you are committed to the level of study and practice that you will need to succeed in teacher education, this could be the course you need. You will benefit from learning with a group of similar individuals.

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


Full-time N/A N/A N/A N/A
Part-time £4,500 £4,625 N/A N/A

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

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 on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
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.

The completion of the course can lead to two possible awards. The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with QTS is awarded to those students who gain less than 40 Level 7 credits, but who pass all modules, gaining 120 credits in total. Those who gain 60 credits at Level 7 as well as 60 credits at Level 6, are awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with QTS.

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’ll 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 DBS and Health clearance through the University.

Offers of a place on the programme are conditional, subject to successful completion of the Occupational Health clearance, Discolsure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and completion of the Government Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy.

Lower (3-7 years) Apply now
Upper (5-11 years) Apply now

All applications should be made directly to the University. You’ll need to complete and return an application form, Academic Reference and Second Reference.

Fact file


  • 6 terms part-time (starts in April)

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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