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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Primary. Routes x 3*: University-led (Core), School-led (School Direct Training & School-Direct Salaried) (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

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.

Core Modules:
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.

  1. 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.
  2. Subject Studies - covers both core (English, Mathematics and Science) at KS1 and KS2. We aim also to prepare you for teaching across the whole of the National Curriculum in KS1 and KS2. You will take part in sessions in History, Geography, RE, Art, Design and Technology, Music, PE, Computing and Primary Foreign Languages.
  3. Professional Practice for University-Led (Core):
  • Three extended 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
  • Special School Experience - a week of observation in a Special School

Professional Practice - School-Led (School Direct Training & Salaried)

One main school placement (called a Base School), supplemented by an additional placement (minimum of five weeks) in a contrasting school.

• PGCE Secondary Professional Practice
• PGCE Primary Subject Studies
• PGCE Primary Professional Practice

Optional Modules:

The Primary PGCE is a Primary General PGCE that trains you to teach the whole Primary curriculum. You can then choose one of six specialisms: Early Years, Special Educational Needs, English, Primary Languages, Mathematics or Science. The specialism is a unique opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in one of six critical areas in Primary education. You still teach the whole Primary curriculum and you do not need any previous background in your chosen specialism.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

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.

This programme is assessed through written assignments, a Professional Development Portfolio and successful completion of Practice Teaching (assessed against Teachers’ Standards).

Work Experience Opportunities:

Upon completing this course you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and will gain 90 credits at Master's level. This allows you to fast-track to stage two of CTE’s Master's degree, quickly progressing your professional development.

Career progression may be through taking responsibility for coordinating an area of the curriculum or leading a Key Stage, with next steps being a senior management role.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Entry requirements

2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent)

English Language requirements

Band B


Centre for Teacher Education

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Full-time: £2,000 (School Direct Salaried route only)

Home/EU: £9,250 (Mainstream and Schools Direct routes excluding Schools Direct Salaried route above)

Overseas: £19,100 (Mainstream and Schools Direct routes excluding Schools Direct Salaried route above)

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.