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Primary and Early Years Education with QTS - PGCE


Birmingham City University Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Full time & Part time September PGCE Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

About the course

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

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Entry Requirements

A Bachelor's Honours degree at 2:1 level or above from a UK higher education institution or a recognised equivalent in a subject that provides the necessary foundation for work as a primary teacher although we will consider applications from those with a 2:2 degree.

Trainees expecting to take a specialist module in a core subject, Special Educational Needs or Early Years must have an appropriate degree or be able to demonstrate equivalent understanding and experience.

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Student Profile(s)

Dan MacKintosh

1368.jpg I knew that Birmingham City University had a good reputation for the quality of their teacher training which was important to me as I wanted an experience which would help my employment prospects upon graduating. I also knew that the university had a high standard of facilities in the School of Education, such as the gym and specialist classrooms for each subject area. This was particularly pleasing as it allows lecturers to demonstrate what lessons might look like in the primary classroom.

I believe the practical side of the course was the most important and is where I feel that I did the most learning. I had two placements which were very different, one being in a large inner-city school in Birmingham and the other in a small, rural school in Warwickshire. Both presented a range of challenges and gave me a broad experience which has proved valuable to me in my new role as a Year 2 teacher.

Support on the course was excellent. Lecturers were always willing to make time for you, particularly my personal tutor and placement link tutors. This helped particularly on the academic side, which after a few years out of university I found harder than I expected, especially as the Level 7 aspect of the course is a step up from undergraduate study. During my placement I created a blog about my time as a PGCE Primary Education student, which is available to read on the School of Education’s website.

Over all I was very pleased with the course and feel it has left me in a great position to start my career. Be under no illusion that it isn't hard work, it is. However once you get into school the children remind you what it's all about and before you know it, it will be over and you will be preparing for the next leg of the journey - being an NQT!


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