Primary Education PGCE with QTS 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

If you've got an undergraduate degree and are passionate about training to become a teacher, then studying our PGCE Primary Education with QTS could be for you.

You'll develop your knowledge of National Curriculum subjects in the primary curriculum with a focus on teaching and learning in Key Stage 1and 2 alongside hands-on classroom experience.A significant amount of your learning will take place in our partnership schools.You'll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.

Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching post (NQT year) within a primary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 5-11 age range, with opportunities to develop a comprehensive understanding of progression to Key Stage 3 and from the Early Years Foundation Stage.

UCAS Teacher Training code:

Start date:
05 / 09 / 2017


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

•  An Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject - this could be a National Curriculum subject or an area relevant to childhood education. Candidates with a 2:2 degree with substantial school experience are also encouraged to apply. If you've got an overseas degree, we'll need a full transcript of your award and details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution.

•  A total of 5 GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications at grade C or above, including Mathematics, English Language and Science.

•  We would like you to have as much school experience as possible, but at least one week in Key Stage 1 and one week in a Key Stage 2 setting in preparation for the course. We'll ask you to provide a reference completed by a teacher in a school where you have completed at least 5 days experience.

•  Offers will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children. We also ask you to complete a health declaration to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach.

•  You must have passed the skills tests in literacy and numeracy|] before you start the course and we ask you to register for the tests before interview.

•  You must demonstrate that you can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.

•  You should provide two references. If you are about to graduate or have graduated within the past three years, one referee should be a university or college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability.

These are the usual entry requirements. We do however encourage those with different or older qualifications to apply as we welcome people from different backgrounds.

All conditions must be met by 31 August 2017.


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Course content

The course is a one year postgraduate certificate in primary education. You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and the full breadth of the National Curriculum. You'll have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of issues related to inclusion as well as a critical understanding of educational policy. Other themes include how young people learn, behaviour management, assessment, creative and innovative teaching methods and designing learning. You'll research theories of child development, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in primary education and develop your own educational philosophy.


Core Curriculum Studies in Early Years and Primary Education

In this module you'll be introduced to the principles of planning, teaching and assessment in the core curriculum areas of English, Mathematics and Science. You'll learn about curriculum requirements and you'll have opportunities to observe teaching and learning in the core subjects and develop your practice in teaching of these subjects in school. For your assignment, you will audit your subject knowledge, set targets for personal development and show evidence of progress. You'll also develop a critical evaluation of the role of systematic synthetic phonics in the teaching of reading.

Inclusion, Equality and Diversity

This module seeks to introduce you to the barriers to inclusion and equality of opportunity that children and families may encounter and to the inclusive teaching and learning strategies informed by current research which are designed to overcome these. Working with your University tutor and subject/professional mentors during your school experience, you'll identify an appropriate case study for your assessment task which helps you to focus on one pertinent aspect of inclusion and demonstrate your impact on the learning and progress of a pupil or group of pupils through your developing inclusive practice.

The Wider Curriculum in Early Years and Primary Education

In this module you'll be introduced to the wider curriculum in the primary school, including personal, social and emotional development. You'll learn how to plan lessons in the foundation subjects and you'll be introduced to the principles of effective teaching. Following a series of training sessions you'll be responsible for planning and teaching a series of lessons in school focusing on one or more foundation subjects. This will form the basis of the assessment task which requires you to write a critical report analysing the issues inherent in teaching of this subject in primary schools.

Developing Critical Professional Practice in Primary Education

This module seeks to develop your professional practice as a teacher and you'll undertake two sustained teaching placements in two schools, and in two age phases. You'll learn a range of teaching and learning strategies informed by current research and you'll gradually develop your independent practice through reflection, target setting and continual evaluation and refinement. You'll evaluate the impact of your teaching on pupils’ progress and engagement and demonstrate your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Assessment is typically through the presentation of a portfolio of evidence against the standards and a synoptic critical evaluation demonstrating the impact of your teaching on the learners’ progress over time.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


You'll undertake a number of compulsory placements as part of your programme, in fact you'll spend over 120 days in at least two partner schools.

You'll experience the wider role of a teacher in primary education. You'll have the support of both a class and senior mentor in schools who will help you to develop your practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials, reports and in-depth lesson evaluations. Your link tutor will visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress.

Our partnership schools are situated across the local area including Kirklees, Calderdale, Oldham, Manchester, Rochdale, Wakefield, Barnsley, Bradford and we'll endeavour to place you in a convenient location.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching year (NQT year) within a primary school setting.

98% of our PGCE with QTS graduates went on to work and/or further study and 96% started graduate level employment within six months of graduating*.

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Professional links and accreditations

Upon successful completion of the programme we recommend Qualified Teaching Status be awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership .

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment You'll learn in small, friendly and supportive groups, designed to give you the confidence to succeed.

Course tutors are very experienced and supportive and you'll have a personal tutor to support you through your studies. Teaching is through workshops, tutorials and lectures, some with guest speakers, and through group work with other teacher trainees from a variety of subject specialisms as well as specialist subject groups.

Three of the PGCE modules are at Masters level and afterwards you will have the opportunity to continue your studies further to complete a Masters in Education, supporting your NQT year and your early professional development.

Assessment is typically through the completion of a range of classroom activities, written assignments, reports, personal subject audits and the development of portfolios of evidence.There are no formal examinations and the assignments are carefully designed to help you to develop your teaching practice further.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results. Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

  • permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Who will teach me?

Some of our teaching staff who may teach you on this course include:

Kate Aspin

Louise Coverdale

Jean Palmer

Liz Zsargo

Diane Hadwen

How much will it cost me?

Tuition fee and financial support

In 2017/18, the PGCE and PgDipE tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

Training bursaries

You can find more information about available training bursaries on the Department for Education's website.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Please also note:

•  Your placements could be based in areas some distance from your point of study, so please be aware of potential associated travelling costs.

•  A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required to enable you to undertake placements in settings with children. We arrange this as part of the application process. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.

Additional routes

The University works with a number of school partners to provide primary teacher training through School Direct.

Other information

Study Fairs For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at one of our Postgraduate Study Fairs

Further study

During the PGCE programme you'll complete 90 credits at masters level and there are opportunities to continue your masters level study onto our MA Education programme. As part of the MA Education programme you'll study our Early Professional Development for Newly Qualified Teachers module which is designed to support your developing practice in your first year of teaching.


If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen and want to apply to join us.

Application are made via UCAS Teacher Training

International applicants should also follow this process.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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