PGCE Primary

PGCE Primary is a full-time, one-year programme that will prepare you to teach in the 5-to-11 year age range.


Why study here?

What to expect

On successful completion of the course you will receive:

  • a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE);
  • recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS);
  • up to 60 master's-level credits towards further study.

We will support your training to become a primary school teacher by providing:

  • an understanding of teacher professionalism;
  • evidence to inform your practical actions, principles and values in educational settings;
  • teaching that values diversity and respect for all backgrounds;
  • the required knowledge, understanding and practical skills.


Our PGCE courses include both school-based and University-based learning. 

As a trainee, you'll spend a significant amount of time in our local partner schools. The main professional placements are:

  • eight weeks in the autumn term in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2;
  • eleven weeks in the summer term in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2;
  • two-week enquiry placement in either key stage;
  • two-week placement in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS);
  • one-week placement in Key Stage 3.

Ofsted 'outstanding'

Our PGCE Primary has been judged by Ofsted to be 'Outstanding' in all areas of provision. Key strengths of the programme included in the Ofsted report include the:

  • high quality and challenge of the training, most especially in mathematics and science.
  • highly effective provision to develop trainees’ subject knowledge alongside their knowledge of how to teach it.
  • pervasive collegiality and ‘can-do’ ethos which brings out trainees’ enthusiasm, their willingness to work hard, their wish to improve and to reflect on their own performance honestly and realistically.
  • regular auditing of trainees’ progress and their views, with a timely response to identified needs, so that trainees benefit quickly from improvements and amendments.
  • wide range of school-based experiences and the tailored use of practitioners and expertise from within the partnership to plan and deliver training.