Primary (3-11 years) PGCE (Taught)

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Cardiff Metropolitan University (Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd)
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Course summary

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PGCE Primary (3-11 years) X171 If you are a graduate with a passion for learning and an interest in a career in primary teaching, this course is for you! The PGCE Primary Education programme is a one year course that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. The course aims to prepare student teachers to be highly-skilled, confident, critically reflective and innovative practitioners who are committed to life-long professional learning and the education of young people.

Course details


Please refer to Cardiff Metropolitan Website

Assessment method

Applicants who meet the essential criteria for courses which lead to QTS at Cardiff Metropolitan will be required to sit Pre Entry tests in Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Competence. Tests will be completed and supervised under 'exam' conditions. The tests will be undertaken as part of the interview day. Applicants with additional needs who are requested to sit these tests will need to notify Cardiff Metropolitan University immediately so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Entry is also subject to a satisfactory criminal records check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at

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

How to apply

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B/grade 5** or above in English Literature, English Language, Welsh Language (First Language) or Welsh Literature and Mathematics and a grade C/grade 4** or above in Science (or a standard equivalent). Where an equivalent to a grade B/grade 5** in either English Literature or Welsh Literature is achieved, a minimum of a grade C/grade 4** must be achieved in the corresponding GCSE examination in English or Welsh (First) Language. (**for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England). Students studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade C or above in Welsh (First Language). Honours degree in an area related to primary education, of at least 2:2 classification; or any honours degree of at least 2:2 classification where an A level grade C or above (or equivalent) has been obtained in a primary curriculum subject area.

English language requirements

IELTS band score 7.5 overall and minimum of 7.0 in each component in the ‘academic’ IELTS test.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
International £10000 Year 1

Additional fee information

For additional costs relating to this programme, please refer to
Primary (3-11 years) PGCE at Cardiff Metropolitan University - UCAS