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Primary PGCE (University-centred)

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Train to become an outstanding Primary school teacher on our inspiring course. We combine university based teaching with creative school partnerships.

Studying on this university-based PGCE course means that the majority of your academic teaching will be delivered on our campus. You will also gain experience on 3 school placements throughout the year. This will help to build the professional knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes you need to graduate as an outstanding teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Course overview

York St John University was established as a teacher training college in 1841. We have a long history of training students to become successful and effective teachers.

On this course you will study a combination of both education theory and practice. This will help you to become an informed and reflective teacher. You will research current local and national educational issues which will shape your teaching practice.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the current primary and early years curriculum, including core and foundation subjects. We also emphasise the importance of meeting the individual needs of children from diverse backgrounds.

Career outcomes

Where could this Primary PGCE take you?

Completing this degree will give you Qualified Teacher Status. This means you will be recognised by the Teaching Regulation Agency as a qualified teacher. You will graduate as a classroom ready professional with a high potential for employability in local and national schools.


This module focuses on educational issues which are common to all teachers. It reflects on local and national policy and practice. You will build your understanding of complex concepts surrounding teaching and learning. We will encourage you to consider wider professional issues and develop your own professional identity.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:2 honours degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent; GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science all at C/Level 4 or above and a pass in both literacy and numeracy skills tests. Entry requirements for programmes leading to QTS are stipulated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) ITT criteria 2012.