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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    10 months full time

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    18 September 2017

Course content

Specialist pathways in Early Years (3-7), Primary (5-11), Special Educational Needs, Mathematics and Foreign Languages Leadership available. The pathways enable you to specialise in one area or phase but you will also train to teach across age ranges. The programme leads to 60 master’s credits and QTS. 

  • Experience inspirational teaching, individual support and high-quality phonics preparation
  • Develop teaching skills and techniques, and acquire curriculum knowledge
  • Benefit from strong links between schools and the University
  • Once qualified, you will have been taught to specialise within your chosen age range, but will also be qualified to teach any primary age

PATHWAY: PGCE Primary with Foreign Language Leadership (5-11)

  • Gives you the experience, opportunity and knowledge to work in Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2)
  • Choose this pathway if you are interested in becoming the Subject Leader or Primary Languages Co-ordinator in your future school
  • Prepares you for teaching in primary, infant and junior schools
  • Enables you to teach languages to young learners

PATHWAY: PGCE Primary with Special Educational Needs

  • Enables you to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of working with children with disabilities, within mainstream and special school settings

PATHWAY: PGCE Early Years (3-7)

  • Gives you the experience and knowledge to work in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) settings and infant/primary schools
  • The EYFS is a unique phase of education which involves learning through play
  • This phase leads into KS1, when children start to grapple with learning to read, applying their mathematical knowledge and making sense of how the world works

PATHWAY: PGCE Primary with Mathematics specialism

  • Prepare for teaching in primary, infant and junior schools
  • Follow a particular interest in mathematics, leading to subject leadership and/or specialist teaching of mathematics within a primary setting
  • Choose this specialism if you are interested in championing mathematics in your future school

PATHWAY: PGCE Primary (5-11)

  • Gain the experience, opportunity and knowledge to work in KS1 and KS2 in infant, junior and primary schools
  • Choose this pathway if you are interested in shaping children on their journey through the primary phase

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • The core subjects (English, maths and science)
  • Professional studies
  • The foundation subjects
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Leadership

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.


Visit the Primary Education PGCE page on the University of Reading website for more details!

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