The University of Wolverhampton

PGCEPrimary Education

Why choose this course?

  • It is a one-year course that trains you to teach children from 5-11 years - if successful, you will be recommended to the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for the award of QTS for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), as well as gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which is worth 60 Masters-level credits

  • You focus on the teaching of the National Curriculum for primary schools and specialise in teaching Key Stages 1 and 2

  • It is practically based, with a strong theoretical back up - it will also make you fully aware of recent educational developments such the National Primary Strategy and Every Child Matters

  • Learning is through experience, exploration and research, and is technology supported - you will also be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the course

  • All modules will provide examples of good teaching practice, and you will be expected to actively participate in your own learning and development

  • You will undertake three placements, in two different schools, supported by a school-based tutor and a University tutor

What happens on the course?

  • An Introduction to Foundation Subjects and RE
  • Developing Information and Communication Technology Skills for the Primary School Classroom
  • Primary English
  • Placements in two Primary Schools
  • Primary Maths
  • Primary Professional Studies
  • Primary Science

Why Wolverhampton?

We are one of Britain's largest and most established providers of teacher education. We have recently invested in a new state of the art Education and Teaching Building with teaching rooms fitted with interactive whiteboards, two lecture theatres as well as social learning areas and a coffee shop.

We work with around 275 primary schools from across the entire West Midlands region.

Career path

  • This course enables you to train as a teacher in primary education through a practical and professional approach
  • Following successful completion of this award, you can use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education
  • 88% of primary NQTs in 2012 rated the overall quality of their training as very good or good.

Entry requirements

A UK-recognised Honours Degree (preferably 2:1 or above) and preferably in a National Curriculum subject.

GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) or above in English, Mathematics and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science) or equivalent (Please note we do not accept GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations & be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted, if you unsure please contact our Admissions Department for clarification). You will be required to provide evidence of your original GCSE qualifications.

School Experience

We recommend that you gain experience prior to your application as this will help to ensure that you can perform confidently at interview. We ask for 10 days experience in a UK mainstream primary school, including Key Stages One and Two. Due to school holidays this work experience must be completed by 18th July 2017 in readiness for September 2017 commencement and will be identified as a condition of offer. For September 2017 entry, this experience must have taken place since January 2015. This experience must be in a mainstream school. Other educational settings, for example, SEN / Nursery / Sure Start / any form of extra-curricular coaching will not contribute towards the 10 days. This experience in other settings will enhance your application.

At time of submission and you must also have a good level of IT skills.

International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at

Audit and Interview

The interview process for PGCE Primary (x100) 2017/2018 will be in two stages.

First Stage: All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to complete a two hours audit. These will provide us with some information about your existing strengths as well as indicate any areas where you need to develop your knowledge and understanding. These are for formative assessment purposes only and are not used as part of the criteria in making a decision regarding an offer of a place on the course.

Second Stage: You will engage in a face to face interview; this will provide an opportunity to share your knowledge of the Primary Classroom. All applicants will be informed of the outcome whether they have been successful or not within ten working days.

Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests

Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin in 2015/16 are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course. Further information is available on the Department for Education website.

You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme. Those applicants who satisfy the above entry requirements AND who have passed both tests may be offered an interview before applicants who are still to complete the tests.

Please note that:

Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of subject knowledge but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching.

You will need to complete once you have a Conditional Offer, a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.

We wish you every success with your application.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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