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Gain the skills you need for the challenging task of teaching in a primary school. On this course, you develop the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm needed to motivate children’s learning.

This course is designed to prepare you to meet the demands of recent developments in primary education. We emphasise the core subjects of English, mathematics and science.

School-based training is an integral part of the course, and you will work with pupils in key stages 1 and 2. We offer the course in partnership with local and regional primary schools, which play a key role in the teaching and assessment of your professional competence against the teachers Standards. In total you spend 120 days in school over the year.

As part of the course you gain 60 credits towards a masters qualification.

Bursaries are available to any UK or EU trainee starting a PGCE in England who is not employed as a teacher. For more information about grants towards tuition fees and bursaries visit the student finance website.

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. When applying through School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the intention that you will be employed by them if you successfully complete the course.

For more information visit our School Direct page

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Course structure

You will study:

  • primary teaching, learning and assessment
  • inclusion
  • English
  • mathematics
  • science
  • foundation subjects and religious education
  • researching primary education
  • personal and professional development
  • the role of the teacher


The course is made up of modules which integrate experience in schools with professional and curriculum studies.

You complete two masters levels modules. One enables you to evaluate and reflect on your own progress as a teacher. the second enables you to explore a chosen area in more depth in your school or setting and with colleagues in that setting.

The other modules assess your ability against the teacher standards. You are assessed in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.


Your academic work is assessed through coursework using a variety of assessment methods. Your teaching is assessed in schools and by school-based mentors.


After graduating, you have excellent career prospects as we have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96 per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

You gain the qualifications, skills and experience to teach in maintained primary schools in England and Wales. You may also work overseas in teaching and related employment.

Previous students have found careers with local authorities, private schools and other educational establishments throughout the country.

Visit the Primary Education (5-11) PGCE With QTS page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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