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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General)

Course type


Course Summary

PGCE Primary (5-11)

Gain an in-depth understanding of how young children aged 5–11 think, develop and learn. Offering three different placements during the programme, you will combine practical, real-world learning with the study of children’s communication, thinking and relationships. Supported by our inspirational staff, you will satisfy the standards for qualified teacher status and start your journey to becoming an outstanding primary school teacher.

Careers with this subject

Leads directly to Quali?ed Teacher Status with a specialism in teaching 5–11-year-olds. Our graduates enter the teaching profession as newly quali?ed teachers and gain posts in mainstream, academies, free schools, the independent sector, international schools and many other educational settings.

Key features

  • Choose a programme with a national reputation for its quality.
  • Learn to teach and assess all the required subjects of the national curriculum for children ages 5-11 with confidence and creativity.
  • Benefit from the high-quality teaching of our experienced tutors, who provide inspirational learning opportunities for you, based on pedagogical research and innovative current practice.
  • Engage in your own research and gain up to 60 credits at masters level.
  • Become an outstanding teacher as you progress through 24 weeks in three different placements, supported by expert mentors.
  • Connect with a number of high-quality teaching schools across the South West with the University of Plymouth's School Direct Programme.
  • Benefit from close partnerships with a very diverse range of schools and educational settings across the whole of the South West of England, London and internationally.
  • Learn in a supportive environment and receive high-quality support from your lecturers, link tutors and school-based staff teams.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module focuses on developing student teachers' essential knowledge and understanding of professional values and practice and their ability to critically reflect on key issues in education and classroom practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject; An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, from a recognised university (masters and PhDs also count towards entry requirements. A masters degree will be considered as a second class upper degree and a PhD as a first. This will also apply to international applicants). It is not necessary for the degree to be in a national curriculum subject; If you have overseas qualifications you can check your compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service. There is also a requirement to pass minimum standards for literacy and numeracy.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more

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