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Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE

Course Description

Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE

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 study a chosen specialist subject in further depth (see the webpage for specialisms) and 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.

Please be aware: applicants starting initial teacher training courses from September 2013 need to pass the tests before starting their course to ensure they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Find out about about how to register for the skills test on our website.


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
Foreign Language Specialism
Research - informed Curriculum Leadership/Subject Specialism
The Reflective Professional
School Experience (24 weeks)

What you need to apply for this course

Typical offer

A 2:2 honours degree in any subject.
GCSE (A–C): English Language, Mathematics and Science.

Please note: equivalency tests are not accepted. If you don't have GCSE English Language, Mathematics or Science, you must obtain either GCSEs or IGCSEs in these subjects and will need to show on your application that you will obtain these qualifications before the course begins in September.

Proficiency in chosen language if applicable.

Note that you apply through UCAS Teacher Training for this course.

Experience of a primary setting

In order to ensure that their decision is informed and has been carefully considered, and to demonstrate a commitment to teaching, it is desirable for candidates to have spent some time visiting a primary classroom to become familiar with the demands and expectations of primary teaching. A minimum of two weeks in a primary setting will be a requirement prior to commencement of the course.

Skills tests

Applicants starting initial teacher training courses from September 2013 need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests before starting their course to ensure they can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You may book your skills tests as soon as you have made an application via UCAS Teacher Training. Applicants who have already passed their skills tests at the time of interview will be looked upon favourably.

What this course offers you

The Guardian's University Guide has rated Kingston in the top six for education in its league tables for the past five years.

Teaching staff are research-active professional practitioners, which keeps your learning at the cutting edge. You will also benefit from the experience of visiting lecturers who are excellent practitioners in their chosen field of education, and from visits by children's authors.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a residential field trip. In addition, visits to children's theatres, drama workshops, etc, add a further dimension to your studies. Language specialists can spend two weeks working in a primary school in France, Germany or Spain.

All student will have the opportunity to work on collaborative projects with teachers and tutors to develop their knowledge of subject pedagogies across the curriculum.

This PGCE course enables you to qualify as a primary teacher for Key Stage 1 and 2.

You will study core National Curriculum subjects, broader topics and pedagogic/professional issues.

Teaching experience in out partnership schools is an integral part of the course, helping you relate theory to practice.

You can also choose to specialise in a modern foreign language. A dedicated workshop on the course will be devoted to being a languages co-ordinator.

We design our courses in collaboration with local authorities, schools, colleges and other educational organisations. This ensures you will keep up to date with the latest developments and initiatives.

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 2:2 honours degree in any subject; GCSE (A–C) English Language, Mathematics and Science. Proficiency in chosen language if applicable. Recent experience of a state primary school is strongly recommended. Please see the webpage for further requirements.

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