PGCE Primary - Full-time

Year of entry

This course aims to enable you to meet, and exceed, the Teacher Standards’ criteria as set out by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for teaching across the primary phase of education through:

  • Exploring how learning links to the development of ourselves as teachers and the pupils with whom we work;
  • Harnessing the power of research and professional knowledge as a key part of our own reflective practice and theory building;
  • Promoting creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning;
  • Taking account of the role of education in developing the whole person by modelling a reflective and enquiry based approach to learning, promoting learning in a broad range of local, national and international contexts and exploring sustainability as a key feature of learning for the present and the future; and by promoting core educational values such as honesty, compassion, integrity and the pursuit of wisdom;
  • Promoting equality of opportunity in all learning environments;
  • Monitoring, evaluating and assessing the impact of the learning environment on all learners;
  • Providing individual support and development for learners based on their individual needs and endeavours to build respectful learning communities.

This means that the course will not restrict you to a limited age-range for your career, and it will help in preparing you to teach all subjects of the primary curriculum.

The course will support you in meeting the NCTL requirement to teach across two consecutive age-phases, and within two different school settings.

The course will also encourage you to be able to start moulding specific interests for your intended career. For example, you will be able to request whether to be based with 3-7, 7-9 or 9-11 age-phase for some professional placements andyou will have opportunity to select from a range of module options for your Enhanced Study. Similarly, there will be opportunity within the programme to apply for a professional placement in a SEN school.

The School of Teacher Education and Development, within which this course resides, enjoys a strong partnership with local primary schools and early years settings. They are fully involved in all aspects of the programme, including recruitment and selection, course planning and development, leading support for your progress against the Teacher Standards when you are on placement, and grading you against the Teacher Standards.    

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

The more understanding you bring with you about the nature of teaching and learning in UK primary schools from the early years up to Year 6, and the role of the professional teacher, the better.

On successfully completing your PGCE, as well as moving into completing your NQT year and pursing your teaching career, there is also potential for you to engage in further study for a full Masters’ degree and on to a Doctorate in Education.

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

Following successful completion of this course, the usual next step is to seek employment as a Newly Qualified 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.  

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.

Currently for example:

Term 1 is a blend of university based sessions and your first professional practice and assignment.

Term 2 comprises university based sessions, serial and research days in school, and your second professional practice. Your other two assignments are due during this term.

Term 3 largely comprises your final professional practice, and completion of your Record of Development.

You will be taught and supported by a range of academic tutors and professional colleagues from our school partnership. It is worth noting that academic tutors on this course also have QTS and teaching experience.

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

You will submit three academic assignments for 20 Level 7 credits in each curriculum, enhanced and professional studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but you may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to each assignment. You will also be required to develop and complete an ongoing record of your professional practice and engagement.

Professional practice will be formally assessed at the end of each professional placement, or which there are three. Each must be successfully passed in order to progress through the course. At the end of your final placement you will be awarded your final grading against each of the Teacher Standards.

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 and who gain 40 or 60 Level 7 credits. The Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) is awarded to students who pass all modules on the programme and with less than 40 Level 7 credits.  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


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

Applications can be made through UCAS Teacher Training.

Before you start the course you will need to have undertaken both a DBS and Occupational Health clearance through the University.

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

Professional Placement: You should be aware that schools have the right to terminate a professional placement at any time during the course if they believe that pupil learning/progress is being unduly compromised, or with any serious professional conduct and/or safeguarding issues.

Maintaining good levels of professional conduct throughout the course is therefore critical for successful completion. (Professional regulations apply to this programme; see the Professional Code of Conduct, NCTL).Any serious breaches of professional misconduct would necessarily be referred to a Professional Capability Panel.

Philip Fitzpatrick, PGCE Primary

As a child I was inspired by the headmaster in my first primary school to become a teacher, but growing up in boys’ homes and foster care was not conducive to a solid learning environment. So, I joined the Royal Engineers for a career in the military. 

I had always wanted to get back into education, but until completing my degree at 35 years old did it then become possible to think about following my original path. As usual, life took over and bills needed paying so I went back into driving, then at the age 40 I found myself wanting to get out of the rat race and wanting to do something for myself.  

My first career should have been teaching, so with a world of knowledge and understanding I went back to night school to re-sit my GCSEs and gained the grades required to be accepted on the PGCE. 

Teaching was going to be my way of giving back and show children that no matter what life throws at you, you can always move forward in life, even with dyslexia you can achieve great things in life. 

Having spent most of my life in Kent, Christ church was the most logical option for study. It had all the facilities that a mature student needed to achieve, and the support given while by the staff vindicated my decision. It was the staff that noticed my dyslexia, even though I had grown up just finding ways around it and worked twice as hard on getting my grades. 

The staff guided me through the minefields of the educational system and had the patience with me to adjust from the very male environments I had been used to, to working in an educational environment. I was given the support I needed to succeed. 

I am now a full time teacher at a school in Sheerness.  

In the spotlight: 

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

Do not be scared to do supply work before finding the right school for you, plenty of opportunities arise from supply.  

I completed the second half of my NQT at a three-form entry school, but started my NQT in a small half form school. Only personal circumstances forced me to move schools. Both schools I found through supply, word of your teaching style and the relationship you hold with the children gets around. 

What’s the best thing about teaching? 

The greatest reward from teaching is seeing the unachievable achieved! Every child wants to learn, every child wants to please, by giving every child an opportunity you are setting that child on a road to their future. 

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • 2VBH PGCE Primary

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year - full time


  • September 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.
  • You will need to be committed to becoming the best teacher you can be.




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