Initial Teacher Education
Primary PGCE

Primary PGCE


  • Time spent in first placement school from week one of the course
  • Second school placement starts in February
  • University-based days spread across the year where you are part of a vibrant cohort of beginning teachers, reflecting on and developing practice

Teacher Training Events

We are holding monthly events from October through to July. Register for our next session on:

Tuesday 16 November


Entry requirements

  • UK undergraduate degree/equivalent – any subject
  • GCSE/equivalent – English language, mathematics and science, 4 (C) or above
  • Satisfactory medical report
  • Enhanced Disclosure from Disclosure and Barring Service 

Course structure

Your school placements will be supported by university-based teaching days, as well as periods of independent study. 


Learning and Teaching in School (Primary)

This 30-credit module explores teaching and learning in the primary context and more generally. An extensive programme of lectures and seminars will enable you to develop a practical knowledge of teaching informed by a critical understanding of theories of teaching and learning. The module is assessed through written assignments, presentations and related classroom-based work.

Issues in Primary Teaching

This 30-credit module considers various aspects of teachers' wider professional roles as well as social, cultural and legal aspects of schooling.

The module is assessed through written assignments and presentations, some of which are collaborative.

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.

Teaching methods and assessment

Your practical teaching will be assessed by University tutors and school-based mentors/coordinators and moderated by external examiners. All elements of your work across the year will be taken into account and there are no written exams.

You will need to demonstrate your practical abilities as a teacher and your theoretical understanding of this practice and must fulfil the requirements for the Teacher Standards.


We have a very strong, collaborative partnership with the schools we work with. University tutors and school coordinators/mentors work closely with you, and each other, throughout the year to support and challenge you to develop into the best teacher you can be.

Throughout your time in school you will undertake a wide range of professional development activities to develop your understanding of teaching and learning and the complex role of a teacher. Although placements are intensive and demanding, we carefully structure your progression, with a gradual build-up of teaching commitments, so you are well prepared to teach in different contexts. During your time on placement you will become part of your school's community and work professionally as a member of a team.

As part of your second placement, you will undertake a small-scale research project where, working with others, you will formulate and develop a research project on an area of interest. You will also experience enrichment days and weeks in a range of educational settings to further support your ongoing professional development - this will include a week in a special school.

In addition to your school placements, you will also complete University-based days spread across the year, where you are part of a vibrant cohort of beginning teachers, reflecting on and developing your practice.

How to apply

  • Visit DfE Find for more information on applying
  • Apply via DfE Apply from 9am Tuesday 12 October 
  • Complete and submit the application form following the DfE Find instructions
  • Complete a personal statement
  • Once you have submitted your application to DfE Apply, it is sent to us 
  • Suitable candidates will be invited to interview at the University
  • Successful applicants will be offered a place

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