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PGCE Primary Flexible Route

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

The PGCE Primary Flexible programme is ideal for those who are not able to commit to a full-­time or fixed part-time route into teaching, or who wish to have some recognition taken of existing experience as a teacher or lecturer.   One of the key benefits of the course is that you can tailor your studies around your existing commitments.

Much of your study will be undertaken independently through online learning with the support from a range of tutors.

The course has been designed for all students to meet the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and provides the opportunity to gain 60 Masters level credits.

Run in partnership with schools across the region and beyond, it may be possible to complete one of your teaching placements in an internationalsetting that follows the English curriculum (for example, some of our students have completed placements in MoD schools in Cyprus and Belgium) with the agreement of your programme director and Faculty approval. 

You can 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 more individualised route to QTS, whilst providing opportunities to meet with like-minded people from all over the United Kingdom and Europe.

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

The PGCE covers three main areas: Curriculum and Pedagogy, Contemporary Issues in Education and Researching Teaching and Learning.

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

You will complete your module work online, and receive tutor support when you need it. 

You will complete three school placements of varying lengths dependent on your previous and exisiting experience. There is the possibility of gaining exemption from one of the placements, if certain criteria are met, including evidence from previous teaching experience if you have worked as an Unqualified Teacher. Placements one and two may be undertaken part-time if necessary, doing a minimum of three consecutive days each 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.

On completing this course, you will be able to enter the teaching profession with confidence in a range of national and international settings. You may also go on to complete a Masters degree or enter into other education-related professions.

You will be taught through a combination of online materials, face-to-face seminars, group and individual tutorials (these can be face-to-face or via Skype/Facetime/telephone/email) as well as receiving support in school whilst you are 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 your 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 personal tutor who will support you throughout your PGCE. They will provide you with pastoral, academic and school experience support. The development of 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 (either face-to-face or virtual) whenever you feel it would be useful. 

At the start of your course, you will choose the duration of your PGCE. You can choose between 12, 18, 24 or 36 months and follow either a 3-7 or 5-11 route. There is some flexibility in your choice of time scales and if you feel you want to choose a different duration, you may have the opportunity to do this subject to agreement of the programme director.

Feedback is provided online. Tutors are available to you if you need further guidance. As you will progress of the course at your rate, it is difficult to determine how many hours of study a week are required. An example of the hours of study required if you choose to complete the course in one year would be a minimum of three days of study a week. Most students complete the course within two years, but you have the option to use three years if you wish.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course











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.


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

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.

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

You will submit an assignment for each of the three academic modules, and there is the opportunity to gain 20 Masters level credits for each of these. You will need to complete and pass three placement modules. Placements are assessed through observation of your practice in school and the reviewing of a portfolio of school-based evidence.

Upon completion of the PGCE Primary Flexible programme, you will receive either the Postgraduate Certificate in Education Primary or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Primary.  Student who complete 40 or more Masters level credits will be eligible for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education Primary. If you pass all module but gain fewer than 40 Masters level credits, you will receive the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Primary. 

You will need to pass all assessed components of the programme in order to receive the relevant academic award and the recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Offers of a place on the course are conditional, subject to successful completion of the Occupational Health clearance, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Apply via UCAS Teacher Training from October 2019.

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • 2W8Q PGCE Primary Flexible Route

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 to 3 years part-time


  • January 2020

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above), English, maths and science at GCSE (Grade C or above) or equivalent. Successful completion of the Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to be committed to becoming the best teacher you can be.





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