About the course

This programme is available to UK/EU students only.

This programme offers Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 3-11 age phases in primary schools with a choice of school placements in Foundation/Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2.

The programme comprises of taught sessions at the University and school-based training.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 PGCE Primary Education 2019 Course fact sheet 1 PGCE Primary Education
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 PGCE and ProfGCE in Primary Education 2019 Programme specification 1 PGCE and ProfGCE in Primary Education

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Why choose this course?

The PGCE Primary programme is structured to allow you to develop the skills required by primary teachers to teach the full range of National Curriculum subjects, with a strong emphasis on English and mathematics, and to develop specific expertise for making a distinctive contribution to primary practice. It also prepares you to meet the needs of individual learners by developing your awareness of child development, diversity, special educational needs and disabilities, behaviour and learners with English as an additional language.

The programme will prepare you to teach the entire primary phase (3-11). You will, though, have a choice about the age groups where you will be placed when you go into school. You can opt for an age-range of training of either 3-7 (placements in EYFS and KS1) or 5-11 (placements in KS1 and KS2). It may be possible to undertake a 7-11 age-range of training (placements in upper and lower KS2).

This is a full-time, 1 year programme. (5 days a week attendance).

The PGCE is offered at master’s level and the 60 M level credits gained can be accredited towards a master’s degree, via our MA/MSc programmes. Those who achieve at Level 6 will be awarded the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.

Professional Accreditations

Qualified Teacher Status

Course details


On successful completion of the programme you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and be ready to start your teaching career.

Teaching methods

You will be taught through a variety of lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as engaging with directed tasks. Alongside taught content at the university and engagement with online learning materials, you will undertake school based training in  partnership schools, where you will further develop your skills to become an excellent classroom teacher.


Level 6

Core Modules


Level 7

Core Modules


Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements

Honours degree (2.2 or higher), awarded by a UK university or an overseas award recognised as equivalent by NARIC.

GCSE or IGCSE Maths, English Language, and Science at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the previous grading structure).

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band. For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

Prior experience in a school is not required. Suitability to train to teach is assessed at interview. Contact education@herts.ac.uk if you would like further support or guidance.

You will be required to pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.

If offered a place, you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) barred list and criminal records check, and you are required to respond to targeted and relevant health questions (DfE ITT: criteria and supporting advice October 2018).

How to apply

Course length
  • Full Time, 1 Years
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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