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Primary Education (PGCE and ProfGCE)

Course Description

About the course

This programme is available to UK/EU students only.

This programme offers Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 3-11 age phases in primary schools with a choice of school placements in Foundation/Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2.

The programme comprises of taught sessions at the University and school-based training.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/primary-education-upper3

Why choose this course?

The PGCE Primary programme is structured to allow you to develop the skills required by primary teachers to teach the full range of National Curriculum subjects, with a strong emphasis on English and mathematics, and to develop specific expertise for making a distinctive contribution to primary practice. It also prepares you to meet the needs of individual learners by developing your awareness of child development, diversity, special educational needs and disabilities, behaviour and learners with English as an additional language.

The PGCE programme is an intensive course which should not be undertaken lightly. It requires a good deal of physical and emotional resilience to complete successfully. You need to be sure that you can meet the demands of the course and that the ethos and working style of the University of Hertfordshire suit your style of learning.

For school-based training, you will select either a Foundation Stage / Key stage 1 (3 – 7 years) or Key Stage 1 / Key Stage 2 (5 – 11 years) pathway. At the end of the course, you will be qualified to teach across the 3 – 11 age range. The pathway you choose affects the schools in which you are placed for training.

This is a full-time, 1 year programme. (5 days a week attendance).

The PGCE is offered at master’s level and the 60 M level credits gained can be accredited towards a master’s degree, via our MA/MSc programmes. Those who achieve at Level 6 will be awarded the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.


On successful completion of the programme you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and be ready to start your teaching career.

Teaching methods

You will be taught through a variety of lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as engaging with directed tasks. Alongside taught content at the university and engagement with online learning materials, you will undertake school based training in partnership schools, where you will further develop your skills to become an excellent classroom teacher.

Professional Accreditations

Qualified Teacher Status

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/primary-education-upper3#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

Visit the Primary Education (PGCE and ProfGCE) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

All entrants to a primary teaching course require GCSE English Language, mathematics and science at grade C. You will also need an Honours degree (2.2 or higher), awarded by a UK university or an overseas award recognised as equivalent by NARIC. Personal suitability for teaching is important and is assessed at interview. Five(5) days recent (within the past year) work experience in a state primary school is essential before application, in order to complete specific classroom-based tasks and obtain a brief statement from the school.

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