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What is Primary Education PGCE?

If you’re looking for a lifelong, challenging and exciting career, teaching may be for you. We were rated Outstanding in our most recent OFSTED inspection (2015/16) and we offer our students an exceptional training experience. The course aims to prepare you for entry into the teaching profession, developing your expertise in teaching children aged either 3-7 years or 5-11 years.

There are two awards at the end of the course – the Postgraduate Certificate in Education and the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education – depending on the academic assessment of the course. Both awards include recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for successful candidates.

Study style

This PGCE gives a high priority to school-based learning and to developing your analysis, evaluation and autonomous learning and development skills. We work with a range of primary schools and early years settings, enabling us to place trainees in at least two different schools throughout the course of training.

School placements are assessed through the scrutiny of evidence by students, school staff and university tutors – while professional development and subject knowledge are assessed through written assignments.

Strong collaboration between outstanding professionals across the university and our partnership promotes inspirational research-informed training for aspirational teachers. Our highly professional trainees take responsibility for their own learning and make an immediate impact on pupil progress. We want all of our trainees to make a significant contribution to children’s lives and to feel enriched by successful careers in teaching.

Entry requirements

    • An honours degree, normally a 2.2 or above. If you do not hold a 2.2 or above, we will be able to consider your application but will require additional information.

    • GCSE English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject at grade 4 (C) or above, or an equivalent qualification.

      If you don’t have a traditional GCSE, get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • If you are offered a place on the programme you will be required to complete a health declaration, which will be assessed by the University Doctor.

    • If you are offered a place on the programme you will be required to complete a suitability declaration.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete an enhanced DBS check.

Course modules

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Fees and costs

Start date Location UCAS code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham X110 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham X110 TBC TBC
Sep 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham X110 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in 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.

Study a high quality, 'gold-standard' route

The PGCE is the ‘gold-standard’ route to qualified teacher status. Our course was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted (2015) and achieved 97% overall satisfaction (PTES, 2017).

Student teacher doing crafts with primary school children

Take opportunities to specialise

Enhance your skills on placements with a self-chosen focus, which allows you to develop your experience in areas that interest you.

Female teacher showing primary school students a hockey stick

Gain 60 Master's level credits

The course gives you the opportunity to gain 60 Master’s-level credits, with clear progression onto the MA programme. This means there’s a defined pathway if you’d like to develop your knowledge further.

PGCE student teaching a class