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PGCE Primary

Course Description

This one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status to teach children aged 5-11 in primary, infant, junior or first and middle schools. You will learn to teach the key areas of English, Mathematics, Science, primary languages and the foundation subjects across the ability spectrum and primary age range.

We ensure that you have access to the best possible support, advice and guidance, during your course. You will be supported by a range of university tutors, with responsibility for developing your subject knowledge and pedagogy. Additionally, you will have a school mentor, who will offer professional and personal support. Home and EU students can apply to the Student Loans Company for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of the fees. For non-salaried routes, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship up to £12,000.

This course allows you to fast-track to Stage Two of a Masters’ degree, giving you the advantage of rapid professional development. Other educational careers outside of teaching include education lecturing, school inspection, advisory or consultancy roles, initial teacher training, or administration in local education authorities (LEAs) and examination boards. Organisations such as museums and theatres also employ teachers as education officers.

There are three routes into teaching.

Route 1: University-Led (Core)

If you have experience with young children, feel passionate about teaching and would like a programme offering placements in a range of schools, this may be the best option for you. You'll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans and bursaries.

Route 2: School-Led (School Direct Training)

These are teacher training courses that are based in schools, and provide hands-on training in an employment setting for graduates who want to feel part of a school team whilst training.

This is a good option if you have some experience in working with young people, for example you may be a scout leader or have worked as a camp leader. Your placement is based mainly in one school with some limited time spent at the University. You'll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans or bursaries.

Route 3: School-Led (School Direct Salaried)

The salaried route provides an employment based option for high-quality graduates with previous work experience, ideal for those who have worked in a school setting or who are seeking to change career. You will not be eligible for any bursaries or scholarships as you receive a salary whilst you train.

Visit the PGCE Primary page on the University of Warwick website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Primary Teaching

"Studying at Warwick gave me a solid foundation for my career as a teacher. Some great lectures, visits and guest speakers provided some useful information to help me on my way. Warwick also arranged some brilliant teaching placements for me where I got up and taught in front of a class for the first time! I would definitely recommend Warwick."

Yasser, PGCE Alumni

"The PGCE course at Warwick gave me an excellent grounding in my subject area, teaching and learning and the initial expedience in the classroom. I have been promoted each year that I have been in teaching. I firmly believe the training at Warwick gave me the skills to aid my progression."

Andrew, PGCE Alumni


Entry Requirements

2:ii undergraduate degree, a Grade C in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent). You must pass the professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy.

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