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Course Description

The Early Years Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 full-time route will prepare students in line with the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards (2012) for the award of QTS. UCL works in partnership with around 350 primary schools, nurseries and children’s centres to enable students to fully prepare to be a primary teacher with an EY/KS1 focus.

Degree information

Students on this programme will have the opportunity to develop into effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers. On completion of the programme students will have a clear understanding of progression, since the QTS qualification applies to the whole primary age-range, whilst a student's teaching experience will be in early years foundation stage (EYFS) and KS1.

Students undertake two Master’s-level (level 7) modules as part of the PGCE with a total of 60 Master’s credits on successful completion.

The programme consists of three core modules, two at Master’s-level (level ) and one at Undergraduate-level (level 6) and three school placements.

Where less than 60 credits are achieved at level 7, but are successfully passed at level 6, a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE) - including a QTS recommendation - will be awarded. Students who complete the level 7 modules but fail the Professional Practice module will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) which excludes the QTS. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Teaching and Learning Module
-Specialism Module
-Professional Practice Module

As part of the programme students will spend time in placement at a school or Early Years Centre, during which time their teaching experience will be supported by a tutor and mentor. Students will spend 120 days on placements.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered via a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study. Students will be supported though a virtual learning environment and will participate in school placements. Assessment is through assignments, presentations, audits, feedback and tutorials. A final assessment is based on a range of evidence including observations of teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study.


This programme provides graduates with an excellent preparation for their first job teaching in a primary school, as well as moving on to key stage coordinator roles, other leadership positions and eventually headships. These roles include classroom teachers, mentors to PGCE students, deputy and assistant headteachers, headteachers and educational consultants.

The IOE Primary PGCE provision was rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2013. IOE student teachers are in rated highly by headteachers across London and beyond.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Students on the Primary PGCE (EYFS/KS1 full-time) programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools, EY settings and at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

Primary PGCE (EYFS/KS1 full-time) students spend time across the Foundation stage and Key Stage 1 and 2, and they gain experience of teaching across Early Years and Key Stage 1. Students will learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects. They will also select one subject for specialist study from the range that we offer (i.e. Children’s Literature and Language, English Language and Literacy, French, Geography, Mathematics, Music, New Media and Computing, Physical Education, Religious Education, Values and Identity and Science).

Visit the PGCE Primary EYFS/KS1 page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. For Primary Specialist Mathematics, a Mathematicss degree or degrees with significant Mathematics content would be an advantage. Prospective students must complete a minimum of ten days of school experience, in mainstream urban state primary schools, before they can be enrolled on the Primary PGCE. If you are made an offer you will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.

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