The support from tutors has also been invaluable, from discussing teaching techniques to asking for advice during placements, I always felt supported and encouraged in my journey into teaching. Thank you!


    How do you want to study?


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

    Through our PGCE, we will help you build on this passion for teaching children in Early Years and Primary education. On successfully completing your PGCE, as well as pursuing your teaching career and moving into completing your Early Career Teacher (ECT) induction, there is also potential for you to engage in further study for a full Masters and on to a Doctorate in Education.

    This course is designed to support you in gaining a PGCE Primary and achieving the standards to be a Qualified Teacher. It also provides you with an opportunity to gain 60 Masters level credits.

    The course will focus on learning and teaching across the early years and primary phases of education.

    Initial Teacher Education placements statement

    We are keeping our approach to Initial Teacher Education placements under constant review. At present we are planning to run all our Initial Teacher Education Courses as advertised.

      All about the course

      This course aims to enable you to meet, and exceed, the Core Content Framework and Teachers’ Standards criteria as set out by the Department for Education and the Teacher Regulations Agency for teaching across the primary phase of education.

      The course will not restrict you to a limited age-range for your career. It will support you in meeting the requirement to teach across two consecutive age-phases, and within two different school settings.

      You will be able to request whether to be based with 3-7, 5-11 or 7-11 age-phase for some professional placements. Similarly, there will be opportunity within the course to apply for a professional placement in a special educational needs school. Please note that all such requests cannot be guaranteed, but they will be taken into consideration when allocating students to placement offers received from schools.

      You will study the following modules:

      • Curriculum and Pedagogy
      • Contemporary Issues in Education
      • Researching Teaching and Learning
      • Professional Placement.

      All learning on the course is designed to complement your work in the classroom and academic study will be informed by and will inform your teaching.

      The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education enjoys a strong partnership with local primary schools and early years’ settings. School-based mentors and teachers are fully involved in all aspects of the course, including recruitment and selection, course planning and development and leading support for your progress against the Teachers’ Standards when you are on placement.

      Note when applying

      When you press apply, you will be taken to the government 'Apply for teacher training' website where you can select and apply for the subject area of your choice at Canterbury Christ Church University. It's very straightforward, but it's also worth noting the course code, which is: 2VBH.

      Entry requirements

      A good honours degree (2:2 or above). English language, maths and science at GCSE (Grade C or Grade 4 above, or equivalent). Successful completion of the Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to demonstrate your interest, enthusiasm and commitment to becoming the best teacher you can be. Your application will need to be supported by two professional references. (References from personal email accounts cannot be accepted). 

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      Hons Degree

      How you’ll learn

      You will be taught and supported by a range of academic tutors and professional colleagues from our school partnership. Academic tutors on this course have a wealth of experiences in the classroom as qualified teachers and are experts within their field.

      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.

      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 (professional and academic) and who gain 40 or 60 Level 7 credits. The Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (ProfGCE) is awarded to students who pass all modules (professional and academic) on the programme and with less than 40 Level 7 credits. All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.

      The strong and supportive community within the internationally recognised Primary PGCE brings together aspiring teachers from a range of backgrounds. We believe in critically engaging with educational theory, research and policy to inform teaching. Through empowering our students, we are proud of the innovative teachers they become and the impact they have on children's learning.

      Claire HarrisCourse Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      You will be assessed in two main ways, via your three academic assignments and the assessment of your teaching across professional placements.

      You will submit three academic assignments for Level 6 or Level 7 credits in each of the three academic modules. A range of different methods of assessment are included to help you to show your knowledge, understanding and skills. These currently comprise a written critical essay-based assignment, a presentation and a digital assignment.

      Replacing the Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy, student teachers are now required by the Government to demonstrate competence against a set of fundamental maths and English skills by the end of their training. These will be assessed and supported across the course to enable all students to meet the expectations.

      Professional practice will be formatively assessed during each professional placement experience, of which there are three. At the end of your final placement you will be assessed against the Teachers' Standards.

      Your future career

      Following successful completion of this course, the usual next step is to seek employment as an Early Career 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. There is also potential for you to engage in further study for a full Masters Degree and on to a Doctorate in Education.


      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500
      Part-time N/A N/A

      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated. The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 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

      20% PGCE Alumni Discount

      Christ Church Alumni are being offered a 20% Alumni Discount on a range of PGCEs starting in 2022-23, if they are fully self-funding their course and are not in receipt of a Department for Education bursary or professional subject association scholarship.

      Read the Terms and Conditions

      Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects.

      Subject bursaries are available in:

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

      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 £26,000 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:

      • Chemistry
      • Physics
      • Maths
      • Computing

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

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