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Do you have a passion for educating children, supporting their academic and personal growth at a key stage in their development? Is your aim to become a reflective, critical and enquiring primary school teacher? Then our PGCE Primary and Early Years course is for you.

What's covered in the course?

Our aim is to help you become a committed, confident and creative teacher so we’ll train you in the essential tools you need to kick-start your career in education. You’ll increase your ability to handle the ever-evolving teaching environment, and by the time your course is complete, you’ll be in a position to continue developing your understanding, knowledge and skills throughout your professional life.

Why Choose Us?

  • Consistently high employability rates, with over 98% of PGCE Primary graduates in employment or further study six months after completing this course (latest DLHE survey results 2016/17).
  • We support you with the job application process as part of your course.
  • Gain Master's level credits gained as part of this course that you can then use towards a full Master's degree.
  • We have strong relationships with hundreds of primary schools in the region. Schools are committed to the quality of experience they offer our trainees.
  • Our team of experienced teachers, who have held senior positions in schools, are there to support and guide your progress.

Assessment methods

There are assessments on course work, teaching practice and the achievement of The Department for Education for the award of QTS. You will also undertake written assessments and some presentations derived from both faculty-based modules and school experiences. Academic work will need to be of the high standard required of postgraduate level 7 study.

Standards for the award of QTS are assessed in a number of ways, including course work, school experience assessments and evidence portfolios.

Part-time PGCE Primary Education 

We offer a part-time route for our general Primary PGCE (5 - 11 years). The part-time route might be ideal for you if you're looking to change career, to earn while you learn or if for personal circumstances you're unable to pursue a teacher training programme on a full-time basis.

The part time route will be offered as Primary General 5 to 11 and will run from September 2020 to July 2022. The part of the PGCE programme taught here at the University will run on the same two days per week across the first and second years. These are likely to be Thursdays and Fridays leaving you with the rest of the week to study and/or attend to your other commitments.

The school-based training days do not have a a fixed number of days each week but will be agreed flexibly between the placement school(s), us at the University and you as the trainee teacher. You will need to complete 120 days in school with a fairly equal split across the two years. While the majority of your time on placement will be on part-time basis (to be agreed individually), each year of the course you will need to spend at least two weeks in your placement school on a full-time basis (at least 10 days each year). 

Trips and Visits

You may go on a variety of different visits depending upon your module choices, which will give you ideas and inspiration for projects you can use in the classroom.

Examples include tours of Warwick Castle or a visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which will give you an opportunity to find out about ways in which you can bring subjects, such as history and art, to life for your pupils.

You’ll also consider how you might plan a trip including appropriate safety and risk assessment.


We work hard to maintain strong relationships with more than 900 primary schools in the region. All have signed a Partnership Agreement pledging their commitment to offering our trainees a high-quality experience.

Employment opportunities

Our commitment to developing graduates with the skills and experience employers need means that within six months of graduating, 100 per cent of our PGCE Primary and Early Years graduates are in employment or further study. (DLHE Survey 2016/17).

Whatever subjects you choose, we focus on giving up-to-date knowledge. The real-life experience you gain on placements can also give you a real head start in the career stakes.

Graduate Jobs

Our graduates are highly successful in finding teaching posts and many take jobs in the area.

Your course, with its high level of practical content, plus the fact that in your second placement you’ll be teaching 80 per cent of the time, means you are well-placed to go after job opportunities as they arise.

The amount of time spent gaining real classroom experience means you could end up working in one of the schools that you visit.

Visit the Primary and Early Years Education with QTS - PGCE page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!





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