Primary PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status at University of Buckingham - UCAS

Course summary

The University of Buckingham is:

  • Home of the two-year degree, the University of Buckingham, based in the South East of England, is ranked 6th for Student Satisfaction in the UK (National Student Survey, 2020).
  • We are proudly independent and not-for-profit, and offer courses in Allied Health, Business, Computing, Education, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Psychology and Security and Intelligence. We are one of the few universities in the UK that offer September and January start dates for almost all of our courses.
  • Based in Buckingham on a riverside campus, we are only 20 minutes’ from Milton Keynes central station and a short drive from Bicester, Aylesbury, Banbury and Northampton. There is free parking on-site and we are within easy reach of London and Oxford.
  • Our award-winning small class tutorials ensure every student is known by name and supported throughout their studies, including by dedicated personal tutors.
  • As pioneers of the two-year degree, we offer a condensed version of the traditional three-year degree, meaning you can gain a full honours degree and complete your studies a whole year earlier. Alternatively, you can complete both your undergraduate and master’s degree with us in just three years: saving you time and money.
Course Info The Primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS is the accreditation that enables teachers to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England. This course is available to teachers who are currently employed in maintained or independent schools in England. Trainees are expected to undertake a teaching placement in a contrasting second school. The duration of this placement is determined upon interview but is usually for 30-hours over a period of three weeks.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Primary

Entry requirements

You must be employed as a teacher in an independent or state-maintained primary school in England and be teaching the core subjects (English, maths and science) for a minimum of 50% of a full timetable. General primary trainees must be teaching the three core subjects across two consecutive key stages, and for the subject-specific course, trainees’ teaching time should be split 50:50 between the core subjects and their chosen specific subject. Every year, some of our applicants arrange to work in a primary school for the specific purpose of gaining this training, others have worked in the school for a year or more already. You will be expected to have the following qualifications: UK degree (2.2 or above). For equivalent qualifications, contact [email protected] to confirm that your qualification meets the University entry requirements GCSE in English Language, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above or equivalent. For equivalent qualifications, contact [email protected] to confirm that your qualification meets the University entry requirements. In addition, you must: Attend an interview Demonstrate competence in literacy and numeracy Provide a reference from your headteacher supporting your application to undertake a PGCE Obtain the commitment from your school to release you for the second school placement and to provide a suitable mentor Provide a satisfactory criminal record check and show the physical and mental fitness to teach. The employing school must be able to fully support a candidate through the course, enabling them to demonstrate all of the Teachers’ Standards across the full age and ability range of training, and cannot be graded as inadequate.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7250 Whole course
Northern Ireland £7250 Whole course
Scotland £7250 Whole course
Wales £7250 Whole course
Channel Islands £7250 Whole course

Additional fee information

Fees to be confirmed

Sponsorship information

The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award. All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website:

Primary PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status at University of Buckingham - UCAS