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Teacher Training PGCE (Primary) 

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Masters Level) / Professional Graduate in Education


In June 2010 the Primary BEd and Primary PGCE teacher training courses were inspected by the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) and both courses were judged to be Outstanding (Grade 1).  

Teaching is a challenging, rewarding and fascinating career within education.

Our PGCE Primary Teacher Training course aims to prepare you for entry into the teaching profession through developing your expertise in teaching children aged either three to seven years or five to eleven years. There are two possible awards: Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, depending on attainment in the academic aspects of the course. Both awards include Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This course gives a high priority to school based learning and to developing your abilities of analysis, evaluation and autonomous learning and development.

The PGCE course is planned and taught in partnership with a range of primary schools and early years settings. During the course, you will be placed in at least two different schools, as well as engaging in taught lecture and seminars. In all school placements, you will work alongside experienced teachers to develop your understanding of how to promote learning and a love of learning with your class.

In preparing you to meet the Teachers' Standards, and therefore be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, this course offers you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and professionalism within a supportive learning environment.

Typical Modules

  • Professional Studies - this module focuses on your development as a reflective, autonomous and skilled teacher across the primary phase
  • Introductory modules in all National Curriculum subjects, with longer modules in the core subjects
  • Core strength module - students select one core subject to study in more depth
  • Foundation strength module - students select one foundation (non-core) subject to study in more depth


  • the opportunity to develop strengths in a core subject and in a foundation subject
  • the opportunity to gain 60 Masters level credits, with clear progression on to the MEd programme
  • the opportunity to enhance your teaching skills through an additional placement towards the end of the course, with a self-chosen focus

Career Paths

  • primary school teaching, which may lead to and include subject leadership and the opportunity to progress to roles within the Senior Leadership Team of a school.
  • students can continue their study to achieve a graduate diploma or MEd

How will the course be assessed?

  • all elements of the course must be completed satisfactorily.
  • school placements are jointly assessed by staff within schools and university link tutors through observation of teaching and scrutiny of other evidence
  • the Professional Studies module and the Core Subject Strength modules are assessed through written assignments

Entry requirements

  • you will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent preferably in a subject that is relevant to the primary school curriculum
  • you will need a minimum grade C in English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject at GCSE
  • you will need to be able to demonstrate evidence of successful experience in a primary classroom setting (a minimum of ten full days is advised)
  • successful completion of the literacy and numeracy professional skills test
  • in addition to the above successful applicants will be required to complete two weeks of school experience in a primary school before commencing the PGCE course
  • international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent
  • School Direct PGCE route: This scheme offers an unsalaried placement within a school, with training provided jointly by the school and the University of Gloucestershire. Once qualified, trainees often go on to teach in the same school or another within the partnership. This training programme is also full-time, for one academic year. Please view our  postgraduate funding page for more information.

Study Options



Francis Close Hall


Open Day Dates...

Postgraduate and Professional:

  • 12 February 2015
    Postgraduate Open Day
  • 11 June 2015
    Postgraduate Open Day
  • 26 September 2015
    Open Day for Teacher Training ONLY at our Francis Close Hall Campus.
Fees - 2014/15 Academic Year
Home and EU Students  
PGCE (Primary)£9000
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Course Leader
Rachel Eperjesi
Tel: 01242 715384

Course Administrator
Fleur Mortimer
Tel: 01242 714636

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