PGCE Primary (3-7)


This PGCE course prepares you to teach children in either the 3 to 7 range as a general primary teacher. It is a very practical course with around two thirds of the time spent in schools, mostly working with teachers and pupils, and around one third spent on directed study, with partnership training in the University and school. It is an integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching, combining study at either postgraduate or professional level with practical training to meet the Teachers’ Standards.

Key Facts
Award: PGCE
UCAS Code: X125
Academic School: School of Teacher Development
Duration: 1 or 2 years
Mode of Study: Full/Part-time
Start Date: September
Awarding Institution: Bishop Grosseteste University
Institution Code: B38
Entry Requirements

You will normally need:

  • GCSEs at grade 4 (previously C) or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and a Science at the time of application. Please see our list of accepted equivalents.
  • An honours degree at a 2:2 classification or above (Where the degree result is to be awarded in the year of application, we will require a predicted degree classification as part of an academic reference provided on the application)
  • Experience – please see information below
  • Declaration of Health
  • DBS (formerly the CRB) Enhanced Disclosure

When shortlisting for an interview, we will consider the following aspects of your qualifications:

  • GCSE grades (or equivalents) and relevance of subjects
  • A Level grades (or equivalents) and relevance of subjects
  • Degree Class and relevance of content
  • Additional relevant qualifications

You must be able to evidence successful completion of your GCSE qualifications by 31st August, 2019 for September 2019 entry. Please see our list of accepted equivalents.


Experience in a relevant setting is useful as it will help you to make sure that you are aware of the role of a teacher in the twenty-first century. The course is intensive and demanding and you need to be aware of what a career in the teaching profession entails.

We encourage you to gain some experience in schools as this is a good starting point for you to gain an interview for the Primary PGCE.

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) – formerly the CRB and Health

In addition, you will be required to obtain a satisfactory Declaration of Health Form, or if required, a medical examination. In addition, all students will need to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). A successful Enhanced Disclosure is required before commencing the course.

If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email

UCAS Codes

Full time – X125

Part time – 2NP6

Further Information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

About The Course

This full-time, one-year course or, up to 2-year part-time course includes both school-based experiences and sessions at the university with a strong focus on integrating theory and practice. At least 120 days will be based in schools. School placements are carefully structured to ensure the gradual development of your confidence as an effective teacher through building up experiences working with university-based mentors and school-based mentors. It is an integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching, combining study at either postgraduate or professional level with practical training to meet the Teachers’ Standards. The goal is that you should become a reflective practitioner – a teacher who thinks about their experiences and learns from them in order to improve their practice.

The focus of this course is on teaching and learning to support children and on the importance of your professional role. To this end you will be prepared to teach the relevant curriculum, focusing on both Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. You’ll carry out a series of school-based and directed study tasks which link the theory to practice and provide a focus for reflection. You will be supported in your learning by university tutors, school teachers, school-based mentors and your peers. Practical teaching is introduced gradually, allowing you to build confidence and skills in a structured way.

The part-time route is particularly appropriate for graduate career changers or if you want to have a more gradual build-up in the amount of teaching that you do. You will need extremely good time management skills, energy, a capacity for independent study and an ability to manage several tasks in parallel.

For both the full time and part time programmes, there is a strong emphasis on linking theory and practice and the academic modules support you in developing your practice. All placements are part of the on-going assessment of the QTS standards and build up to longer placements. On the full-time programme, this is in the second and third terms and on the part-time programme in the second year. There are opportunities for enrichment experiences to develop your breadth of experience in different schools.

Our recent Ofsted Report (2016) found that high-quality training, provided through an effective partnership between the university and schools, “ensures that teachers trained by the university present as confident and effective practitioners, who are valued by their employing schools.

Recommendation for the award of QTS is based on evidence gathered throughout the course that you have met the Teachers’ Standards. This evidence includes assessments of your teaching, records of your planning and teaching, subject knowledge audits and evaluations of your teaching and other tasks you have undertaken.


The course will include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, tutorials, school-based training and will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The university-based sessions are very much a starting point for the training undertaken in schools through observation and working alongside experienced teachers.


We offer a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, independent study and school-based training. Assessments include written assignments that support your analysis and reflection of theory and practice.

Careers & Further Study

The teaching profession has a well-structured career pathway which moves progressively from initial teacher training through to newly qualified (NQT) status to qualified teacher. On passing your induction year, your career can escalate through to Leading Teachers, a Deputy Head teacher, and perhaps a Headteacher. Or you may decide to focus on other roles such as SEND Co-ordinator and also further develop your postgraduate studies to a full Masters.

Academic Staff
Sue Lambert
Academic Staff

Sue Lambert is currently Programme Leader for the PGCE Primary and EYTS programmes at Bishop Grosseteste Un

Steve McNichol
Academic Staff

Steve joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2015 after eleven years teaching in primary schools in Nottin

Chris Ives
Academic Staff

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Studying at BGU is a student centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will get you know the staff on the programme personally as they support you in your studies, and will feel confident approaching them for help and advice. Staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests. We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation and into your teaching career.

Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.

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