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Do you love your subject, but want the breadth of teaching that primary teaching offers? Do you love working with the primary age range, but also want to develop a specialist subject which will enable you to teach in both primary and secondary schools? If so, then this may be the PGCE course for you.

The PGCE 7-14 trains teachers to teach in both primary and secondary schools. It will train student teachers to:

• be primary subject specialists who can also teach across the curriculum at a time when many primary schools are utilising subject specialists in their timetabling and teaching at Key Stage 2;

• be secondary subject specialists with a sound knowledge of primary practice, matching the direction in which curriculum at Key Stage 3 is traveling

• be specialists who can teach across the whole age range (e.g. as required in international or independent schools)

• understand and manage transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3;

• be flexible enough to move between phases of education.

We believe that the course offers an exciting opportunity for those who qualify to make a unique contribution to the education of children and young people. Indeed, part of the mission of the course is to enable teachers who qualify to ease the transition of pupils between these two stages, and to help policy and practice in both stages come closer together.

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This is a one year, full-time course that aims to enable student teachers to become confident, competent classroom practitioners. The 7-14 PGCE is ideal for those students who are particularly interested in this particular age group which spans the older years of primary education i.e. 7-11 and the younger years of secondary education i.e. 11-14. It is ideal for those who:

• have a strong interest in their specialist subject, but also like the idea of working with primary children;

• are concerned about the smoothing the transition of pupils from primary to secondary education;

• are interested in working across this age group such as in innovative state models of schooling; continental or independent schools;

• want to train as a teacher, but do not want to specialise in a particular phase of education at this stage.

The course has been designed for all students to meet the Teaching Agency (TA) Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

The course runs in partnership with local primary and secondary schools. Students spend 120 days in school as part of this course and 60 days at the University.


All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies. However, all learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study will be informed by and inform practice. PGCE students will be placed in two schools for a mixture of blocked time and serial (e.g. one day a week) time adding up to meet the current Government requirement for a minimum 120 days in school.


University time is spent in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Tutors model methods that they would expect students to adopt in school. School placements demand full attendance in school during each day, Monday to Friday, with additional time devoted to assessment and preparation. You will need to make arrangements to ensure you can be in school by 8.15am at the latest.

Across the PGCE year there is the equivalent of 24 weeks spent in school. Student teachers will learn in a variety of ways in school, including from experienced mentors, through observing others and through experience. There is also a degree of individual support for learning offered in this course provided by mentors in school and the university tutors.

Tutors and mentors who lead the learning on this course are all qualified teachers.


Students will be assessed in two main ways ­via academic assignments and assessment of their teaching.

Students will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in each curriculum, professional and enhanced studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but students may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to their chosen subject options.

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Fees and Funding

See our Teacher Education Funding page to discover the scholarships and bursaries available.


Visit the PGCE 7-14 Years page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!




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