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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary Teaching

Course Description

Chichester are recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training. Enjoying a strong national and international reputation, they have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839. The Primary Postgraduate Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a well-established, successful and rigorous initial teacher training programme for graduates who wish to become primary school teachers, teaching children aged 5-11 years.

Visit the website: http://www.chi.ac.uk/pgce-primary-teaching

Course detail

This is a full-time programme that runs over one year. We also offer a specialist route in Modern Languages which qualifies you to teach all subjects to pupils aged 5-11 but includes modules allowing you to specialise in teaching a foreign language – French or Spanish.

The programme is taught at master’s level and allows students to gain up to 60 credits towards a master’s qualification. The course enables you to develop your skills of critical analysis and engage with educational research at the same time as developing practical classroom skills through school experience. By the end of the course, you’ll be equipped as reflective practitioners to continue your professional learning throughout your career.


You’ll develop a broader understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in education and the wider context within which schools operate. You’ll also be able to identify areas for future development during your own teaching career.

Format and assessment

The programme’s taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors, in partnership with mentors and teachers in local schools. It lasts 39 weeks and you’ll spend at least 24 weeks of this on placement in schools.

The PGCE programme is taught in affiliation with a range of primary schools. During the programme, you’ll be placed in two different schools for extended placements. Plus you’ll have three two-week group placements focusing on the teaching of maths, English or teaching pupils with Special Educational Needs.

The school experiences will draw on your own prior experiences and skills and develop them within the partnership of school-based and university-based training and support. During School Experience, school-based mentors are partners in identifying individual training needs and refining your individual action plans. Initially, you’ll focus on teaching small groups of pupils the core curriculum subjects, leading to proficiency in teaching a whole class subjects across the primary curriculum by the end of the second placement.

Indicative modules:

- Core Curriculum Studies
- Foundation Curriculum Studies (e.g. History, PE, ICT, MFL etc.)
- Professional Studies

Career progression

This programme will enable you to achieve Qualified Teacher Status and work as a primary class teacher.

How to apply: http://www.chi.ac.uk/institute-education/pgce-qualifications/application-advice

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary Teaching page on the University of Chichester website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

First Degree – 2:2 or above GCSE/‘O’ Levels – including English, Maths and Science (A – C) Recent classroom experience in a UK state primary school (a minimum of two weeks’ experience in the last two years). All successful applicants will have to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and complete a satisfactory Occupational Health questionnaire before commencement of the course. Passes in the Professional Skills Test for Literacy and Numeracy.

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