Primary Education (Part Time Progression Route)

PGCE 7-14 Years

Year of entry

Do you love your subject, but want the breadth of teaching that primary teaching offers? Do you love working with the primary age range, but also want to develop a specialist subject which will enable you to teach in both primary and secondary schools? If so, then this may be the PGCE course for you.

The PGCE 7­-14 trains teachers to teach in both primary and secondary schools. It will train student teachers to:

  • be primary subject specialists who can also teach across the curriculum at a time when many primary schools are utilising subject specialists in their timetabling and teaching at Key Stage 2;
  • be secondary subject specialists with a sound knowledge of primary practice, matching the direction in which curriculum at Key Stage 3 is traveling
  • be specialists who can teach across the whole age range (e.g. as required in international or independent schools)
  • understand and manage transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3;
  • be flexible enough to move between phases of education.

We believe that the course offers an exciting opportunity for those who qualify to make a unique contribution to the education of children and young people. Indeed, part of the mission of the course is to enable teachers who qualify to ease the transition of pupils between these two stages, and to help policy and practice in both stages come closer together.

This is a one year, full­-time course that aims to enable student teachers to become confident, competent classroom practitioners. The 7-­14 PGCE is ideal for those students who are particularly interested in this particular age group which spans the older years of primary education i.e. 7-­11 and the younger years of secondary education i.e. 11­-14. It is ideal for those who:

  • have a strong interest in their specialist subject, but also like the idea of working with primary children;
  • are concerned about the smoothing the transition of pupils from primary to secondary education;
  • are interested in working across this age group such as in innovative state models of schooling; continental or independent schools;
  • want to train as a teacher, but do not want to specialise in a particular phase of education at this stage.

The course has been designed for all students to meet the Teaching Agency (TA) Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

The course runs in partnership with local primary and secondary schools. Students spend 120 days in school as part of this course and 60 days at the University.

The PGCE 7­-14 at Canterbury Christ Church University offers the greatest range of specialist subject options for this kind of course in the country. There are nine specialist subject pathways available:  English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, PE, Religious Education, Science.

All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Subject Pedagogy, Professional Practice and Research and Enquiry in Education. 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.

The PGCE Secondary (7-14) offers you a wide choice of routes into teaching as it covers a range of ages and subjects.  You can apply for a wide range of teaching posts and other education-based employment.

University time is spent in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Tutors model methods that they would expect students to adopt in school. School placements demand full attendance in school during each day, Monday to Friday, with additional time devoted to assessment and preparation. You will need to make arrangements to ensure you can be in school by 8.15am at the latest.

Across the PGCE year there is the equivalent of 24 weeks spent in school.  Student teachers will learn in a variety of ways in school, including from experienced mentors, through observing others and through experience. There is also a degree of individual support for learning offered in this course provided by mentors in school and the university tutors.

Tutors and mentors who lead the learning on this course are all qualified teachers.

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.

You will need to be committed to becoming the best teacher you can be. You need all the basic requirements for admission to a PGCE:

  • A good honours degree at 2.2 or above, preferably with at least 50% of the degree modules relating to the PGCE subject.  Relevant experience and A Level qualifications will also be considered;
  • English, maths and science at GCSE (grade C or above) or equivalent;
  • To have passed the Government’s skills tests in literacy and numeracy.

Candidates invited for interview need to demonstrate sufficient subject knowledge and be prepared to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course before the start of the course, if appropriate.

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.

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 for September 2019 from 9 October 2018.


You can exit the PGCE courses with one of two awards. The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is awarded to those students who gain less than 40 Level 7 credits, but who pass all modules, gaining 100 or 120 Level 6 credits. If you achieve 40 or 60 Level 7 credits and pass all the modules, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time £9,250 **£12,430
Part-time N/A N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.  The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding year on year fee increases.  Students studying FULL PGCE courses may be eligible to apply to Student Finance for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan. You can find out more on our fees and funding web pages.

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.


Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. For instance, if you teach secondary maths, you could get £30,000 – £20,000 tax-free bursary while you train and a further £10,000 after tax once in teaching.

You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are accepted on to a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria you will receive information on the bursary prior to your enrolment on the course.


If you have the potential to be an inspirational teacher and are passionate about your subject you could apply for a scholarship to support your training.

Scholarships of up to £28,000 are awarded to the most gifted trainees in a range of areas and in partnership with highly regarded professional subject associations.

Subject scholarships are available in:

  • Physics
  • Computing
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Maths

View the Department of Education’s Get into Teaching pages to see details about the bursaries and scholarships available.

Loans and other funding

With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train.

Visit GOV.UK and use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, e.g. if you’re disabled or have children.

20% PGCE Alumni Discount 

Christ Church Alumni are being offered a 20% Alumni Discount on a range of PGCEs starting in 2019-20, if they are fully self-funding their course and are not in receipt of a Department for Education bursary or professional subject association scholarship. 

Eligibility criteria

Free DBS Check and Equivalency Tests 

If you have an offer of a place to study a PGCE (primary or secondary) in 2019-20, Christ Church will fund your DBS Check and Equivalency Tests. 

Terms and Conditions

Frances Nation, PGCE 7-14

Mother | Office Worker | Ofsted Inspector

I was working for a housing association, part-time whilst bringing up my two children, before I started my PGCE at Christ Church.

I remember clearly being in the photocopying room at work and thinking that I didn’t want to be there in 10 years’ time. I was 40 years old and knew I needed to change things in my life to find fulfilment in my work. I am now 56, so it is never too late to change direction in life.

I had been to Christ Church to do my initial degree back in the early 1980s and had very fond memories of my time there. In those days it was much smaller than it is now. I live in Canterbury so it was a natural place to train as a teacher. Christ Church also has an excellent reputation for teacher training.

The course changed everything. I never thought I wanted to be teacher, in fact, my mother told me that I wouldn’t make a good teacher. However, she was wrong, and in teaching I found something I was really good at. I trained to be a teacher thinking I would do some supply work to fit in around my children who were 13 and 11 at the time.

Things have worked out very differently! I wasn’t sure if I wanted to teach primary or secondary age children, so I chose to do the 7-14 course. This was perfect as I was able to undertake teaching practices in both primary and secondary and then choose which age range I wanted to do my final practice in.

I was with a group of interesting students who were a mix of ages. We had the most amazing teaching, which really challenged our thinking. I really enjoyed studying again and learning. This was something that I had not been so diligent about in my youth!

Now I work as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools (HMI) for Ofsted. I have had two headships in Kent both of which I have greatly enjoyed.

In the spotlight:

What would you say to anyone thinking about becoming a teacher?

It is really important to work in a school where there is strong and supportive leadership, schools are very different. My first job was in a school with a very forward looking head teacher who mentored and developed me, supporting me to take risks and develop my practice.

As a direct result of this, I became the best teacher I could, took on leadership responsibilities and ended up supporting others. Part of being a great teacher is to constantly reflect on your work, listen and learn from others and be adaptable. I am now in the privileged position of working as an HMI for Ofsted where I go into many schools and see lots of different styles of leadership and different approaches.

What's the best thing about teaching?

Teaching is a complex job, it is tremendously hard work but also rewarding and fulfilling. I have enjoyed learning new things, forming strong relationships with children and adults, and working as part of a team. I enjoy sharing ideas, making things happen and being creative.

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • 2VQV Art and Design
  • 33D3 Computing
  • XQC3 English
  • XFC8 Geography
  • XVC1 History
  • XGC1 Mathematics
  • XRC1 MFL French
  • XRDC MFL French with German
  • XRDD MFL French with Spanish
  • XRDF MFL German with French
  • 2VSW MFL German with Spanish
  • XRC4 MFL Spanish
  • XRDK MFL Spanish with French
  • 2VTK MFL Spanish with German
  • 2MLQ Music
  • XCC6 Physical Education
  • XVC6 Religious Education
  • XFCA Science

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year full-time


  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree of at least lower second class (2:2) standard, with 50% of degree modules related to the PGCE subject is preferred.
    However, candidates with a C or above at A level in the PGCE subject and with other relevant experience in an education setting, will also be considered.

    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.




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