Teacher Training PGCE (Primary) (PGCE Primary)

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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Our PGCE Primary was judged to be 'Outstanding' by Ofsted (2015)

Teaching is a challenging, rewarding and fascinating career. Our PGCE Primary Teacher Education course aims to prepare you for entry into the teaching profession, developing your expertise in teaching children aged either three to seven years, or five to 11 years. There are two awards: Postgraduate Certificate in Education, or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education. Your final award will depend on your 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. You will be placed in at least two different schools and will engage in taught lectures and seminars. In 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 preparation to meet the Teachers’ Standards, and therefore be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, you will develop your knowledge, skills and professionalism in a supportive learning environment.


  • Professional Studies
  • Core Subject Strength
  • Foundation Strength
  • Introductory modules in all National Curriculum subjects

Study style

This is a one year, full-time course. 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 module are assessed through written assignments.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent, preferably in a subject that is relevant to the primary school curriculum
  • A minimum grade C in English language, mathematics and science subject at GCSE
  • You must be able to demonstrate evidence of successful experience in a primary classroom setting
  • Successful completion of the literacy and numeracy professional skills test
  • In addition to the above, successful applicants will be required to complete one week of school experience in a primary school before commencing the PGCE course.
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent
  • Please also note that current UK Home Office Immigration rules prevent the University of Gloucestershire from supporting Tier 4 student visas for the PGCE programme.


See the further details of tuition fees when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 1 year full-time
Teacher Training PGCE 5-11
Single Honours - 1 year full-time
Teacher Training PGCE 3-7


Primary school teaching, which may lead to subject leadership and the opportunity to progress to roles in the senior leadership team of a school.  Others progress on to further study, to achieve a postgraduate diploma or MA.


A high quality, ‘gold-standard’ route

The PGCE is the ‘gold –standard’ route to qualified teacher status. What’s more, when last inspected in 2015, our Primary PGCE (along with our Primary BEd) was rated by OFSTED as ‘Outstanding,’ a mark of quality.


Opportunities to specialise

You will have the opportunity to develop strengths in a core subject and in a foundation subject, adding depth as well as breadth to your skillset. You can also enhance your skills through an enhancement placement with a self-chosen focus, meaning you can develop you experience in areas that interest you.

masters credits

Gain 60 masters level credits

This course gives students the opportunity to gain 60 masters-level credits, with clear progression onto the MA programme. This means there is a defined pathway for those looking to develop their knowledge further.

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