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School Direct (Tuition Fee): Primary (EYFS/KS1 full-time route) PGCE

Course Description

School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Trainees join other student teachers on the established PGCE programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience at their host school or alliance.

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 School Experience (teaching placement) will be in early years foundation stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1.

Students undertake two Master’s-level (level 7) modules of 30 credits each, totaling 60 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules, two at Master’s and one at undergraduate/Bachelor’s (level 6) level 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) will be awarded, including a QTS recommendation. Students who complete the level 7 modules but fail the Professional Practice module will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) without a QTS recommendation. There are no optional modules for this programme.

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

All Student Teachers take the Professional Practice module which is primarily assessed through the two main school placements, associated tasks and portfolio. The relevant Lead School will make the arrangements for school experience.

Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered via lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study together with school placements. It is assessed by regular review by a student’s tutors and mentors throughout the programme, through assignments, audits, feedback and tutorials. Final assessment is based on a range of evidence, including observations of a student’s teaching, attendance, punctuality, 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 Primary PGCE provision was rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2013. IOE student teachers are rated highly by headteachers across London and beyond.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of Education works in partnership with around 350 primary schools, children's centres and nursery schools to prepare Primary PGCE students with the practical expertise, knowledge and understanding to become primary teachers. Our students benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools and at the IOE.

The schools offer placements for teaching experience, and their teachers serve as tutors, mentors and joint assessors for our student teachers. IOE tutors have extensive experience of teaching, school management, inspection, research and consultancy.

In 2014–15, well over 200 students enrolled on the PGCE programme. We encourage a wide range of students to study for the Primary PGCE, and have a good record of attracting traditionally under-represented groups.

Visit the School Direct (Tuition Fee): Primary (EYFS/KS1 full-time route) PGCE 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. Prospective students must complete a minimum of five days of school experience before they can be enrolled on the Secondary PGCE. Applicants must ensure that their school experience is relevant in helping them to prepare for the Secondary PGCE, during which Student Teachers are placed in a wide range of schools across London and the South East. You will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.

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