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5-11 years - PGCE Primary (Core & School Direct)

I love teaching this age group so much - they are so positive, fun and eager to learn.  ANONYMOUS TEACHEROfsted Primary Logo
Please note: there are limited spaces left for the 2018 – 19 PGCE programmes starting this August/ September. We advise applying as soon as possible.

PGCE Applications close on UCAS for the Primary University-led route on 27 July 2018 and for Primary School-led (School Direct) route by 29 June 2018 at the latest (individual School Direct courses may vary).

Applications for the 2019 – 20 programmes will open again on UCAS in late October 2018.


“Warwick trainees are highly regarded. All trainees are very well prepared to teach because of the high-quality training that establishes an excellent balance between promoting practical teaching strategies, a broad range of subject knowledge and a strong grasp of pedagogy consistent with a research-based university.”

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University-Led (Core) & School-Led (School Direct Training & Salaried)

Outstanding Training

Delivered by an Ofsted rated “Outstanding” provider of teacher training three times, this one year postgraduate course will recommend you, on completion, for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with full PGCE, to teach children aged 5-11 in primary, infant, junior or first and middle schools. We work closely with over 500 partnership schools to prepare you fully for the practical demands of teaching, including teaching across the primary curriculum. You'll be taught and supported by highly experienced tutors, class teachers and school mentors who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

The course starts at the beginning of September 2018 and ends in July 2019.

"Most days I use something from The University of Warwick in my work. I loved Warwick and the training was brilliant. I was pushed out of my comfort zone so many times that I now feel confident to tackle most challenges."

Sue, PGCE Alumna

Routes to Suit You

There are now three routes into teaching:
University-Led (Core)
School-Led (School Direct Training)
School-Led (School Direct Salaried)

Specialist Subjects

The University-Led (Core) and School-Led (School Direct Training & Salaried) Primary PGCE is a Primary General PGCE that trains you to teach the whole Primary curriculum. However, we also ask you to choose a specialism: Early Years, Special Educational Needs, English, Mathematics or Science. The specialism is a unique opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in a critical area in Primary education. This means you would still teach the whole Primary curriculum and you do not need any previous background in your chosen specialism.

You will still graduate with a General Primary PGCE with an enhanced knowledge of a particular special of interest to you. Though we ask you to choose one specialism at the point of application on UCAS - this can be flexible and may be discussed with you at interview..

Robust Course


"The course at Warwick is very supportive. There is always someone you can turn to for advice and encouragement. The course itself is hard work but very tandem with my placement school, it prepared me for the realities of teaching. Being able to share ideas and experiences, as well as resources, every week at university was incredibly useful."

Cathy, PGCE Alumna

There are three elements to the course which are designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills you will need to pursue a successful teaching career:

Professional Studies - develops a good understanding of the key factors in successful learning and teaching. It deals with central issues of planning, teaching, assessing and behaviour management as well as addressing such issues as safeguarding of children

Subject Studies – covers both core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and non-core (Foundation) subjects. Foundation subjects are covered through ‘taster’ sessions for each subject: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography and History, Music, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Physical Education (P.E.), Religious Education (R.E.) and PSHE

Professional Practice - consists of four school placements (three extended placements organised by the University) in different primary schools and additional ‘mini’ placements to further broaden your experience as well as a week in a Special School. Developing awareness of professional development, reflecting on progress on school placements and setting targets for successful completion of the programme.

Feedback on Assignments: All assignments are submitted in electronic form. The University tutors provide formal feedback which will identify the strengths of the academic piece and also provide trainees with actions for future work.
Key aims:
  • Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience in contrasting schools
  • Learn to teach phonics and early reading, writing and early mathematics as well as foundation subjects
  • Assess pupils effectively to assist in promoting pupil progress across the curriculum
  • Learn to manage pupils' behaviour and maintain a purposeful learning environment
  • Become a critical thinker, able to reflect on and evaluate your professional practice
  • Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations
  • Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society
  • Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources
  • Leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your teaching career.
You can read more about the skills needed to teach this age group here.

Stimulating University Sessions

Your teaching staff (Teaching Fellows) are vastly experienced teachers and educational leaders who have been selected to provide you with the highest quality training. Staff from partnership schools also contribute to the delivery of the programme.

The University sessions are interactive and challenging and delivered through lectures, seminars and workshops. Monitoring and development of your subject knowledge and developing expertise in the classroom is assessed through audits, presentations, directed tasks and assignments.

"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 Alumnus

Inspiring Placements

In partnership with our schools, we ensure you have access to the best and most inspiring, practising teachers and mentors. You will have opportunities to participate in taught sessions at university, opportunities to observe the best classroom practice and your individual needs will be met through mentoring on each of your placements.
University-Led (Core):
  • Three extended Professional Practice Placements - in contrasting settings (25 days, 25 days and 40 days respectively)
  • Experiential days - mini-placements (focusing on EAL, SEN, Phonics, Outside Learning Contexts)
  • Serial Days -11 further days of observation organised by the University.
  • Special School Experience – a week of observation in a Special School organised by the university.
School-Led (School Direct Training & Salaried)
This route offers trainees an extended Professional Practice placement in one main school (called a Base School), supplemented by an additional placement (minimum of five weeks) in a contrasting school. This ensures a varied and balanced experience of teaching in different settings, whilst allowing the trainee to contribute significantly to the life of their Base School.

Strong Support Structure

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 also have a school mentor, who will offer professional and personal support.

Read more about support at Warwick.

Career Progression and Employability

Upon completing this course you gain 90 credits at master's level. This allows you to fast-track to stage two of our master's degree, quickly progressing your professional development.

There are other careers outside of teaching including 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, art galleries and zoos employ teachers as education officers. There are some opportunities for self-employment, which include private tutoring, writing educational materials or running a small private school.


"The PGCE course at Warwick gave me an excellent grounding in my subject area, teaching and learning and the initial experience 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 Alumnus



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