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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Primary (5-11) or Early Years (3-7) (2019 Entry)

Our Early Years and Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) are based on a partnership between us and schools within the region. It is a high-quality programme of professional education, leading to qualified teacher status (QTS) and Master’s level credits. Our course aims to develop you into a highly reflective practitioner, able to adapt and respond to changes in settings and national educational contexts, and able to take responsibility for your ongoing professional development in preparation for future leadership.

From us, you can expect a taught course which will prepare you for the realities and rigours of teaching a broad curriculum fit for the 21st century. You’ll also have access to excellent personal, academic and pastoral support. From our partner schools, you can expect a programme of mentor support and professional training and development, which will complement the University-based elements of the course, and which will support your development of classroom practice.

On both the early years and primary courses, you’ll have the opportunity to choose a specialism.

Related Degrees:

Core Modules:

    • Professional Studies (taught content at Warwick)
    • Subject Studies (taught content at Warwick and school placement experience)
    • Professional Practice (taught content at Warwick and school placement experience)

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

    Pre-Sessional Courses:

    It is recommended you gain as much School Experience in mainstream UK schools as possible.

    As part of your application you must pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. We suggest you register for the Skills Tests as soon as possible to ensure you complete it in good time.


    Teaching is delivered by a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.

    On the University-led PGCE programme for both the Early Years and Primary phases, 120 days are spent in school and 60 days are spent at Warwick. For university days, you can expect to be timetabled from 9-4pm each day, although there are regular periods of self-study. Time in school is organised into block placements over several weeks.

    On the School Direct programme, the taught programme is approximately 35 days, and you’ll spend the remainder of you time in school. The taught programme may be delivered at Warwick or in one of our ‘hubs’ in partnership with our teaching school alliances. Time in school is organised into three placements over the three school terms.

    In school, you will directly observe pupils as they learn and teachers as they teach, as well as trying out ideas in practice in classrooms for yourself. The course is designed to ensure that your experience in schools complements and builds on what is addressed at the University. In addition to lectures and seminars, you will have the opportunity for independent study and you’ll be able to take advantage of the bespoke study ‘spaces’ across Warwick.

    Contact Hours:

    From September until the end of June, you will spend four days a week on school placement and one day a week at Warwick.

    Class Sizes:

    Typically, classes will have around 25 students.


    You will be assessed through written master’s level assignments spread across the year, which are aimed to assess your professional and subject specific learning. You’ll also be assessed on whether you meet the Teachers’ Standards at a level appropriate for a newly qualified teacher.

    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 co-ordinating an area of the curriculum or leading a Key tage, with next steps being a senior management role.

    We want to support you in choosing the right teacher training course for you. We are currently holding a range of events which will give you a chance to meet staff and help you make your decision.

    For more information on our events, visit this page.

    To Visit Warwick...

    There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.

    Essential information

    Course Code



    Full-time: 1 year

    (August 2019 - July 2020)

    Entry Requirements

    2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent).
    At least Grade C in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent)

    English Language Requirements

    Band B

    IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

    Department of Study

    Centre for Teacher Education

    Location of Study

    University of Warwick

    Course Fees

    See Student Finance


    For information on scholarships and bursaries click here.

    Additional Course Costs

    Trainees are required to pay for their travel to and from their placement schools either using private and public transport. You will need to be prepared for the possibility of extra travelling time to and from your schools – possibly over an hour by car or significantly longer by public transport, although we make every reasonable effort to minimise your journey times.

    Books are recommended but there is no requirement to purchase specific texts and you have access to the University of Warwick library.

    You will need writing materials. Ideally, you will need a laptop or tablet.

    Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


    How to Apply

    Department website

    Get a PG Prospectus


    This information is applicable for 2019 entry.