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School of Environment, Education and Development

Teacher with primary age children in a classroom
PGCE Primary
Train to teach children aged 5 to 11 and gain Qualified Teacher Status.

PGCE Primary / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2018

How to apply

You should apply through  UCAS Teacher Training .

Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.

Advice to applicants

This programme attracts a large number of applicants for a very limited number of places.  The School considers a range of factors in the UCAS application other than the entry requirements.

Your personal statement should make clear:

  • your commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching
  • your rationale for applying to be a Primary teacher in their subject 
  • an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher
  • relevant experience suggesting suitability for the role
  • a good standard of written English.

How your application is considered

Applicants who are shortlisted based on their application will be invited to attend an interview. Our future interview dates are:

  • 11/01/2018
  • 23/01/2018
  • 14/02/2018
  • 27/02/2018
  • 08/03/2018
  • 21/03/2018
  • 12/04/2018
  • 25/04/2018
  • 10/05/2018
  • 16/05/2018
  • 24/05/2018
  • 31/05/2018
  • 06/06/2018
  • 21/06/2018
  • 28/06/2018
  • 03/07/2018
  • 19/07/2018
  • 25/07/2018

Interview requirements

As part of our entry criteria you are required to have at least five days' recent classroom experience, in a Primary setting. If you are called to interview, your observations from your classroom experience will be used to inform a five minute presentation that you will prepare for your interview.

Whilst in school, gaining your classroom experience, we advise you to consider the following presentation briefing.

Presentation briefing

Reflecting on your recent experience in school and your own experience as a pupil, what do you consider makes an effective teacher? What skills and attributes does the effective teacher require? How will this inspire your future practice?

From your experience you may wish to consider:

  • the teacher's/teachers' organisational skills
  • what effective teaching and learning strategies did the teacher(s) use?
  • how did the teacher(s) meet the children's individual needs?
  • how did the teacher(s) ensure that their class was inclusive?
  • behaviour management.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Applicants holding qualifications from outside of the UK should apply to UK NARIC for a comparability statement to confirm the equivalence of their qualifications. This should be completed prior to application where possible.  Successful applicants will be required to present officially translated copies of their qualification certificates.

Aptitude test requirement

PGCE students must pass the Professional Skills Tests prior to commencing the course.  Preference will be given to those applicants who have passed their skills tests at the time of interview however we will interview those who have not yet passed their tests. 

Please refer to the Department for Education for further advice about registering to take your skills tests.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening check as advised by the Department for Education. Health screening will be undertaken by the Student Occupational Health Service who will advise on any follow-up vaccinations or other intervention which may be indicated.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education. You must also meet the University's suitability requirements for the safeguarding of children.


Applications for deferred entry cannot be considered, apart from exceptional circumstances, for example, when an applicant is abroad during the preceding interview period.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.


Due to the nature of the PGCE course, applications for transfers cannot be considered.