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University of Buckingham: Postgraduate Certificate in Education - Primary

InstitutionUniversity of Buckingham View institution profile
Department Education
Telephone 01327 850388
Study type Taught


The Primary QTS Course is available via two routes – General Primary or Subject Specific Primary (available in Physical Education/Sport, MFL, Art, Drama and Music). It is a 37-week school-based course during which time trainees work under the guidance of a mentor and receive weekly tutorials to review progress and set targets. There are four courses (nine days overall) to attend and this is supplemented by a weekly programme on the University’s Online Resources. Each trainee is assigned a University tutor who visits once per term to assess their progress and guide their development. Trainees are assessed against the Standards by both their mentor and their tutor and there are three assignments to complete.

For teachers undertaking their first year of teaching we highly recommend your participation in our Ab Initio course as an addition to the PGCE. This will provide you with some basic knowledge and skills to start teaching.

You must be employed as a teacher in an independent or state-maintained primary school in England and be teaching the core subjects (English, maths and science) for a minimum of 50% of a full timetable. General primary trainees must be teaching the three core subjects across two consecutive age ranges, and for the subject specific course, trainees’ teaching time should be split 50:50 between the core subjects and their chosen specific subject. Every year some of our applicants have arranged to work in a school for the specific purpose of gaining this training, others have worked in the school for a year or two, some for longer than that.

In addition, you must:

  • Attend an interview.

  • Provide a reference from your Headteacher supporting your application to undertake a PGCE.

  • Obtain the commitment from your school to release you for the second school placement and to provide a suitable mentor.

  • Provide a satisfactory criminal record check and show the physical and mental fitness to teach.

The employing school must be able to fully support a candidate through the course, enabling them to demonstrate all of the Teachers’ Standards across the full age and ability range of training, and cannot be graded as inadequate.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE

The University of Buckingham


About Buckingham

We offer postgraduate programmes across a varied mix of subject areas: Security and Intelligence, Psychology, International Studies, Economics, History, Philosophy, Business, Data Science, Law, Finance, Medicine and Education.

Our taught programmes have a similar amount of contact time as an undergraduate degree. They are made up of a range of modules that are delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials, and will enable you to develop a higher level of expertise.

“Buckingham helped me to achieve my education goal through support, encouragement and inspiration.” …

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