University of Greenwich

Degree level: Postgraduate

PGCE Primary Education (3-11) (Provider-led University-based) with QTS* (Taught)

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Course summary

Are you looking for a rewarding career where you will be able to impact some of the most crucial years of a child's development? Our PGCE Primary (university based) course is for you. We develop excellent teachers who are resilient, critical, and reflective classroom practitioners. You will benefit from the university’s commitment to inclusivity, diversity and serving disadvantaged communities. The well-structured curriculums and placement-based training prepare trainees well to enter the world of teaching (Ofsted 2023). The PGCE Primary course aims to prepare beginning teachers to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Throughout the course, beginning teachers will be challenged to achieve these standards to the highest level and we shall aspire to enable them to achieve outstanding levels of professional practice. Of equal importance is the academic qualification awarded: Postgraduate Certificate (PGCE). The academic and professional dimensions to Initial Teacher Education go hand in hand. The abilities to address complex issues and develop critical thinking skills are important dimensions to university-based taught modules. These issues are often based on professional experiences gained from both assessed and non-assessed school placements. We believe that Initial Teacher Education should go beyond skills and teaching routines to foster strong values and a strong commitment to the well-being of children in the widest sense. Social Justice is an important driving-force behind the programme. Partnership settings are central to the success of the preparation of new teachers on this programme. The school-based element of teacher education incorporates professional and academic opportunities. These are inextricably linked to the preparation for Qualified Teacher Status*. Beginning teachers will follow one of two pathways: 3-7 years, covering Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 or 5–11 years, covering Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The age phase route they follow will determine the assessed placements undertaken. *University of Greenwich sets and receives fees, delivers the programme, provides wellbeing support, and makes the academic award. University of Derby co-designs and accredits the curriculum, and recommends the QTS award. What you should know about this course:

  • We have research rich communities across the partnership.
  • We impact on areas of deprivation.
  • We champion reading for pleasure with a focus on social justice.
  • Our courses are representative of the students we teach and the communities we serve.
  • We develop local teachers who teach with passion and purpose for the empowerment of the children.


All degree courses are made of modules – individual units of study on different topics. Some modules are compulsory; others can be chosen from a list of options. Our website has full details of your degree structures. Module content, and how each is module is assessed. The direct link to this course on our website, can be found at the bottom of this page.

Assessment method

Assessment methods include essays, portfolios, presentations, and practical teaching in school.After being formally assessed against the national statutory requirements, you can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status*. The course provides an opportunity to gain Master's-level credits by submitting appropriate assignments.

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

QUALIFICATIONS: • An undergraduate (honours) degree at 2:2 or above • In addition, you will need: GCSE Mathematics, GCSE English Language and GCSE Science all at grade 4/C. Equivalent qualifications may be considered. APPLICATIONS AND SELECTION: • Suitable applicants will be required to attend an interview. • Applicants will also be required to: o Provide an academic or professional reference. o Complete a Suitability Declaration. o Pass an Occupational Health check. o Pass an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

English language requirements

"We accept a wide range of English language qualifications. For our English entry requirements, please click on the link below."

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £17000 Year 1
International £17000 Year 1

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Sponsorship information

We understand that the transition to University for Undergraduate students can be daunting and confusing when it comes to finances. The University of Greenwich has a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and other financial support measures to support students that require it most. More information can be found on our website at

PGCE Primary Education (3-11) (Provider-led University-based) with QTS* at University of Greenwich - UCAS