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Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - PGCE

Course Description

This course provides an intensive, highly challenging and rewarding programme that will enable you to qualify as a primary teacher (Key Stage 1 and 2) or Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 in one year. You will also receive the award of PGCE with 60 credits towards a masters degree. School experience in our excellent range of partnership schools enables you to put theory to practice.

What will you study?

You will gain a sound knowledge of the core subjects of English, mathematics and science, together with the opportunity to explore and develop your understanding of subjects in the wider curriculum, such as history, geography, modern foreign languages, art and physical education. You will also develop the essential skills of communication, planning, teaching and assessment that you will need in practice. You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in school placements, supported by a school-based mentor and/or a University tutor.


Written assignments, school experience placements.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

-Core National Curriculum areas: English, Maths and Science
-The Creative Practitioner covering broader subjects: Art, Design Technology, Educational Technologies, History, Geography, -Expressive Arts, Physical Education and Religious Education
-Early Years Specialism
-Research-informed Curriculum Leadership/Subject Specialism
-The Reflective Professional
-School Experience (24 weeks)

Visit the Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - PGCE page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Shaheena Yusuf

"I had worked for nearly ten years after finishing my first degree, advising and assisting private tenants who had serious disputes with their landlords. When I became dissatisfied with my job, my thoughts drifted to teaching.

"I decided to apply for the PGCE at Kingston, largely because it was conveniently located for me and because of the University's excellent resources to support PGCE students.

"Although the course has been extremely demanding, both physically and mentally, I've definitely made the right decision - when I read the 'goodbye' class book given to me by the children from my last teaching practice school, I knew."


Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree in any subject; GCSE (A*–C): English Language, Mathematics and Science. (Equivalency tests will be considered from recognised institutions if GCSEs are not held. However, you will need to show on your application that you will obtain these qualifications before the course begins in September). NB: NARIC must be provided for overseas qualification to show comparability. Proficiency in chosen language if applicable.

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