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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Learning Theory

Course type


Course Summary


Qualify as a teacher with a specialism in early years learning in just one year

This full-time, one-year course is designed to train you to become a qualified teacher with a focus on teaching children aged 3 to 7.

Learn the art of teaching

You will focus on teaching at Key Stage 1 level and the course will prepare you to take up a position in nurseries or schools.

This is achieved through a balance of study of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by the teaching profession, the fundamentals of the national curriculum, and a dedicated focus on the development of your understanding of the role of the Early Years teacher.

In addition, you will gain vital hands-on experience of working

within the classroom through our 120-day placement programme, which will develop your confidence and competence to teach effectively.

After successful completion, you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) so that you can begin working as a teacher in a primary school or other early years setting.

On this course you will:

Gain Qualified Teacher Status upon completion of the course that will allow you to teach in primary schools in England and Wales.
Develop your competence and confidence working within the classroom environment.
Gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by the teaching profession.
Understand the cornerstone of the national curriculum for primary education, with a focus on how to help early years’ pupils.


Take the first steps towards your career within early years education

This programme will enable you to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and work as an early years teacher.

While the vast majority of graduates choose to work in a primary school, in previous years, some students have been employed in secondary schools, special schools or the wider education sector.

Many of our previous students have progressed in their careers and now hold senior posts in their schools.


In this module, you will develop a deep understanding of the principles that underpin primary education. You will be taught by a range of expert tutors who will share their knowledge and passion for primary education and children?s learning. During a range of seminars and lectures, you will critique educational research findings and methods and learn how to apply this in the classroom. Topics will include lesson planning, teaching strategies, assessment methods, behaviour management and other important aspects of teaching. A particular focus will be on issues of inclusion, equality and diversity and the module will develop your ability to apply your knowledge and understanding in the classroom.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have an honours degree 2:2 or above. We do accept applicants with a lower classification but an otherwise strong application. GCSE: C/4 or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

University information

The University of Chichester has two campuses: one in the centre of Chichester, a charming and historic town, and the other close to the sea in Bognor Regis. This year the University celebrates its 180th year of teaching and research excellence. As a silver-rated institution by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the University is recognized as delivering high quality teaching and learning for students. They actively embrace the unique...more

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