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

Kingston University    Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Full time September PGCE 1 year full time

About the course

Make a difference to children's lives by training to become a teacher through one of our PGCE Primary pathways - Early Year, Primary and Secondary.

This course will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence-informed teacher. At the heart of our course is a commitment to personalising your journey to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will grow in confidence and competence with our outstanding support as you train to become a teacher.

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Entry Requirements

2:2 honours degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent overseas qualification. NARIC must be provided for overseas qualifications to determine comparability. For PGCE Primary with Mathematics candidates typically have grade B or higher at A-level Mathematics and an honours degree (refer to website for bursary eligibility). GCSE grade C / grade 4 or above in English, science and mathematics. If you do not meet the GCSE requirement in any of these subjects, you may take an equivalency test with an approved equivalency test provider. An enhanced DBS and Health checking process identifies no concerns about suitability to teach.

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"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."


"During my first degree I decided that teaching might be an option for me and, after working with young offenders for a year, I decided to apply to Kingston University. It seemed a perfect place for me to complete my PGCE due to its location and also for being so welcoming on the open day.

"The School of Education has been particularly supportive in finding placements close to my home and luckily in great schools, which has heightened my desire to teach.

"Although the PGCE has been one of the hardest years of my life, it has also been one of the most satisfying. Leaving my first placement class knowing that I'd actually taught them something was a great feeling and showed me that coming to Kingston to do a PGCE was a fantastic decision."

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