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PGCE Primary

Course Description

Applicants are advised to access the Tecahing Agency website located at http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for general information. This guidance is based on the TA requirements for gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and identifies the minimum academic requirements that candidates must meet to be eligible for admission.

To obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), students are also required to pass the Teaching Agency (TA) skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy. From September 2013 passes in the QTS skills test will be a pre-course condition of entry to the programme.
Please ask the Course Enquiries and Applications team for further information including details of the qualifications, experience and the personal qualities looked for in applicants.

All applicants need to complete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and health declaration.

Applicants are required to satisfy interviewers that they can meet the strenuous demands of teaching and that they have potential to develop qualities of effective teachers. Recent and relevant experience in a maintained primary school is a key factor in success in selection for interview and for subsequent acceptance onto the programme. For full-time applicants we require two weeks pre-application experience and for the part-time programme four weeks pre-application experience.

The selection process includes a written task, an individual interview, and a group task with presentation. Applicants with disabilities are invited to notify us of any special arrangements that they may require during the interview process. Please make contact with Course Enquiries and Applications to discuss the type of support that may be provided to students.


The PGCE Primary is a postgraduate programme of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) leading to the award of either Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, both including the recommendation of the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The PGCE programme may be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years. The programme is modular and includes full-time placements equivalent to 120 days based in partnership schools.

Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary at Winchester is well established and enjoys an excellent professional reputation. In 2010 the programme was graded outstanding with features of exceptional practice by Ofstead. In particular inspectors praised our well-supported partnership with schools, which ensures trainees make the best possible progress. The overall aim of the programme is to produce high quality entrants to the teaching profession who become successful classroom practitioners.

The PGCE Primary prepares students to teach across the age range of 5-11 and they must pass placements in two age phases (Key stage 1 and 2).

Students undertake studies in the pedagogy of all elements of the primary curriculum and wider professional skills alongside placements in school.

Full-time study is arranged to be consistent with the primary school year and starts with a pre-programme two-week placement arranged by the student. Students are provided with a handbook to guide observations and activities.

Part-time study takes two years. The part-time route has a substantial amount of blended/e-learning involved, for which access to a home computer and the Internet is essential. Students arrange an additional 20 self-directed days in school during their programme.

Teaching placements are in Hampshire primary schools but students also have the opportunity to take on one of their placements in East London, the Isle of Wight or the Channel Islands. Students with suitable pre-programme experience may take one placement in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) setting.
In addition to the main teaching placement students have the opportunity for school experience which supports investigations for assignments, for the teaching of phonics, and for understanding children’s additional educational needs in how to personalise learning.

Learning and Teaching - Tutor support

All students are allocated a personal tutor to support them in their progress through the programme. Progress is tracked both academically and in terms of the Teacher’s Standards (DFE, 2012) which are a required part of your professional training.


At key points in the programme students submit module assignments and undertake periods of assessed school practice. To obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), students are also required to pass the Teaching Agency (TA) Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.


The PGCE Primary programme at the University of Winchester has a high employability rate, with many of our students securing their first teaching post in our partnership schools in Hampshire and further afield in East London.

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

(Student Profile)

Pete Grinham

PGCE Primary

“The University has a great reputation for its teacher training programmes and, after speaking to tutors at a Postgraduate Open Evening, I felt the experience and support offered by staff meant this was the ideal place for me to enter the teaching profession.

“The placements have been paramount to my development as a practitioner. They gave me the platform to practice techniques learned from the taught modules, refine my skills and gain confidence in teaching.

“I’ve completed two placements – the first a six week placement with a Year 1 class and the second placement in a Year 6 class for 12 weeks. It’s been valuable to get this contrasting experience across both Key Stages so I now have first-hand insight into the children’s primary school journey, which has benefitted my teaching.

“I found the library and the school resources section at the University really useful – it’s full of great tools, books and e-books to develop subject knowledge and support academic writing.

“Upon completion of the course, I begin a year-long contract at the school where I conducted my second placement."


Entry Requirements

Students require an Honours degree of 2.2 or above (normally in a curriculum subject) plus GCSE passes (or equivalent) at Grade C or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics. If English is not your first language, applicants must have IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent. Application process: Full Time is via GTTR (Graduate Teacher Training Registry) website located at View Website. Part time students should apply direct to the University by completing the Direct Entry Application Form. ** Further information about entry requirements follow in Course Description

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