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Primary Education with QTS PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Teaching In Primary Schools Primary Schools (General)

Course type


Course Summary


This part-time course can be studied over two years and placements must be undertaken in England. Following a blended format, the course is taught online via independent distance learning (IDL) with some focused on-campus learning sessions and classroom-based practice in school. The course is designed to fit around your commitments while leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The course covers the development of teaching and learning across all National Curriculum subjects and Professional Learning – including safeguarding, behaviour management and overcoming barriers to learning. You will complete Practice of Teaching modules where you will develop your theoretical understanding in practical situations in early years and/or primary classrooms to prepare you for achieving QTS. You will have the opportunity to specialise in the 3-7 year olds route or the 7-11 year olds route, leading to a PGCE in Primary Education with QTS.

Course structure

You will be taught through online and distance methods including lecture casts, chat rooms and blogs, face to face lectures and workshops, and online forums with personal tutors. You will also engage in work-based training through bespoke teaching placements. Assessment is through a range of methods including electronic assignment submissions, case studies, observations, presentations, and production and evaluation of learning resources.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



Learn subject knowledge in the core subjects in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum. This subject knowledge will inform planning, teaching learning and assessment across the subjects with the chosen specialist phase of primary education. You will complete subject knowledge audits in each subject area to identify your individual learning needs and action plan for subject knowledge development alongside subject tutors in order to meet professional standards for QTS.

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

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland. They must have a grade C or above in Mathematics, Science, and English Language, or equivalent qualifications. If they have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then they will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.