PGCE Primary

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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Total Course Fee

USD 22,218

Course Accredited By


  • 1 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Certificate
Our PGCE Primary has been running for over 60 years and schools tell us we are developing the kind of teachers they want to employ. This is reflected in 98% of our students achieving Good or Outstanding teacher grades at the end of their course and 95% of our graduates securing a teaching post by the end of the course.
  • All of our PGCE courses are made up of both campus-based sessions - which will give you a grounding in the principles of good teaching practice - and school-based placements, giving you the chance to apply your knowledge and experience to a wide range of classroom situations. These placements will be in contrasting schools to provide you with a broad range of experience; they could be in city, suburban or rural schools, in the independent or state sector.
  • The PGCE Primary course prepares you to teach across the full range of the Primary Curriculum. We will introduce you to the wider context of teaching, including responding to diversity in schools and the inclusion of Special Needs Education, as well as equipping you with classroom management and planning skills.
  • By the end of the course you will meet the required professional standards for Qualified Teachers Status (QTS) and will be awarded a University of Leicester PGCE. Our strong ethos of reflective practice will prepare you well for your future career in teaching.

We offer three different routes:

  • Age 3-7: Lower Primary (X124)
  • Age 5-11: Primary (X174)
  • Age 5-11: Primary with Mathematics (X00G)

Lower Primary or Primary?

  • If you choose Lower Primary you will specialise in Foundation and Key Stage 1, whereas Primary focuses on Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
  • Primary with Mathematics?
  • The Primary with Mathematics PGCE is an exciting route if you have a particular interest in maths. It provides a route that leads to primary generalist teachers who have begun to develop a specialism in primary mathematics and want to continue the development as their career progresses.

Primary Specialism

  • You will be required to select a specialism at the beginning of your PGCE. In addition to Maths and Lower Primary, other options may include Inclusion, Science, and English (subject to availability)
  • Not sure which PGCE route is right for you? Have a look at our Routes into Teaching pages to find out more about PGCE, School Direct and SCITT routes, including the dates of regular events we hold.
  • Alongside this ‘University-led’ PGCE, we work in partnership with schools across the region to offer a School Direct Primary PGCE.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022

Entry requirements

2:1 degree or above

  • GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Maths and Science.
  • A pass in the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.
  • Although not essential, you may find it useful to have recent experience working with children and/or observing teaching in a school setting, ideally relating to the age range/subject you wish to teach. When writing your application you should try to reflect on your experience and tell us what you learnt.

Please consult our Education at Leicester website to find detailed explanations of our recruitment and selection processes and criteria.

Primary with Mathematics

  • In addition to the requirements listed above, you should have an interest in and enthusiasm for maths.
  • You should ideally have studied the subject beyond GCSE e.g. have an A-level (or equivalent) in Mathematics, have a degree in Mathematics, or a degree subject with elements of maths within it. However we also welcome applications from anyone who has a strength in maths but who doesn't necessarily have these qualifications.

Additional requirements

  • Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report. The University will provide more information about this should you be offered a place.
  • All offers are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure. We will provide instructions regarding the DBS application process once you have accepted an offer of a place on the course.

Application Process

  • The application process for a PGCE is different from other postgraduate courses so please see our information on how to apply.
  • You should also read this advice for applicants before you apply.

English Language Requirements

  • You must have a GCSE Grade C in English Language. Please see our entry requirements (left) for more information.

Taught Strands

The PGCE Primary covers the following three taught strands:

  • Professional Studies Strand
  • The Professional Strand of the PGCE course provides generic foundations for you as a future Primary teacher. It will support your development as a skilful practitioner by helping you to understand and engage with the complexities of teaching. You will cover a range of important elements including planning, teaching, learning, assessment and classroom management, according to the Teachers’ Standards. The sessions are designed to help you develop pedagogical understanding through critical discussion and reflection on classroom action. You will also develop an understanding of the role of teachers and their wider professional responsibilities.

Curriculum Strand

  • Whilst there is an emphasis on teaching Maths and English, PGCE Primary teaching sessions cover the full range of the Primary National Curriculum and the equivalent strands of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Guidance. Sessions may focus on a single subject area or involve cross-curricular or thematic approaches currently adopted in many schools. Some curriculum work will take place through Focus Days in schools.

Specialist Studies Strand

  • An engagement with research is an important element of developing as a critically reflective classroom practitioner; the sessions in this strand will introduce you to a range of theoretical ideas about learning and teaching and their implications for practice.
  • This strand is also designed to help you develop skills related to professional inquiry and will show you how to carry out small scale studies in your placement classrooms which can then be written up for your two assignments. A significant element of the strand is undertaking a specialist study which includes taught sessions at the University combined with a small project in the spring term school placement. During the autumn term you will select your area for specialist study from options which may include
  • English
  • Inclusion
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Early years
  • School Placements
  • During the PGCE, you will be placed in three contrasting Partnership schools. We are proud to work with over 200 primary schools in the state and independent sectors, and in city, suburban and rural settings, as well as special schools.
  • Primary students (specialising in the 5-11 age range) are placed in a range of KS1 and KS2 classes, and Lower Primary students (specialising in the 3-7 age range) work in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage settings. In addition to the three block teaching placements you will also visit different schools as part of a series of 'focus days', studying specific subject and professional topics in an intensive school-based context.
  • The school-based time is a vitally important element of the course. You will have the opportunity to observe skilled class teachers working and to discuss the things that underpin day-to-day classroom activities, as well as work alongside experienced teacher-mentors who will support your learning about classroom practice.

Teaching Experience 1

  • This is a six-week paired placement with two students working together in one class. This gives you the opportunity to work with a partner to develop classroom skills in a supportive environment. You will focus on developing observation skills to support your understanding of teaching and learning and to put your learning into practice. During this Autumn Term placement you and your partner will work towards taking an increased responsibility for teaching the class.

Teaching Experience 2

  • This takes place in the Spring Term and lasts for six weeks. The amount of time spent teaching the class increases over the placement until you have responsibility for up to 80% of the timetable.

Teaching Experience 3

  • This is an eight-week placement in the Summer Term with students working towards taking responsibility for 80% of the teaching timetable.
  • Throughout each of these placements you will be encouraged to participate fully in the life of the school and to take full advantage of the tasks and activities designed by your tutors to support your development. It is expected that through your three placements you will gain experience across the age range that you are training to teach.
  • Your placement schools will be decided by your personal tutor following discussions about your professional development needs.
  • UK and EU Students 
  • This is the total course fee. 
  • Starting in September 2021 £9,250
  •  If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. 
  • This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee. 
  • If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. 
  • This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee. 
  • PGCE students can apply for loans from Student Finance England and may be entitled to a tax-free NCTL bursary.

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