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PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Primary)

Course content

This course has been carefully developed in collaboration with our partner schools to ensure a curriculum and mode of teaching that is as far as possible in line with employer expectations.

The academic content of this programme is integrated with Initial Teacher Training at one of our partner institutions’ School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) Centres, with the aim that you emerge from the course with an understanding of how academic knowledge and research can be integral to your own careers and to the development of education.

The School of Education at the University of Lincoln is working with the Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance and St George’s Academy Partnership, both incorporating a wide range of schools across Lincolnshire, to provide teaching places in a range of primary school settings.


Graduates are normally awarded the PGCE from the University of Lincoln and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from our partner institutions.

Graduates may gain 60 Master’s Credits by being awarded the PGCE from the University of Lincoln, which can be used to contribute towards further study in Education if desired.

How You Study

Students are expected to attend sessions during school term time and these will either be held at one of our partner schools or at the University, where teaching will, as far as possible and within the requirements of the course, take different formats, including lectures, small group work, discussions, practical exercises, one-on-one feedback and support. The remainder of the week is generally spent working as a trainee teacher in one of our partner schools. Please note that students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses while undertaking school placements and attending the training days associated with the PGCE programme.

Students on this programme should expect to receive approximately 90 hours of contact time over the course of the programme. Due to the nature of this programme, the amount of independent self-study required will vary depending upon the individual circumstances of each student.

How You Are Assessed

Foundations of Education and Researching Education are generally both assessed through one assignment as well as a longer piece of written work which is normally based upon a research project.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Career and Personal Development

Students who complete this course may choose to continue within academia by studying for an MA in Education, EdD or PhD.

Visit the PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Primary) page on the University of Lincoln website for more details!




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