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PGDE Primary Key Stage 1/2 (5-11 years) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Train to become an outstanding Primary teacher at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 with Liverpool John Moores University. Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 5-11 age range.

  • Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher of 5-11 year olds on a programme delivered in partnership with schools who are committed to ensuring your success
  • Enjoy placements in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes, supported by excellent teacher mentors
  • Study over 10 months full time, with 120 days spent on school placement, predominantly within a “Home School”
  • Qualify with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education featuring 120 Masters-level credits (ours is one of the few ITT courses to offer this) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the same cost and length of study as a PGCE
  • Discover why 94% of our newly qualified teachers rate our training as good/very good and employment rates are above the national average
  • Go on to complete your MA in your first year of employment and look forward to excellent career development opportunities

Entry requirements

To join this PGDE, you should have a first degree (or recognised equivalent) .The degree classification should normally be at 2:1 or above. Strong applicants with a 2:2 will be considered if they have significant school experience prior to application, for instance as a TA or LSA in a Primary school.

Additional requirements at the application stage include:

  • GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification).    
  • A demonstrable interest in and enthusiasm for teaching within the 5-11 age range in a primary school. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the curriculum, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK Primary school is required prior to interview

Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview. For the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in Mathematics or English.

You are required by the Department for Education to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at Get into Teaching.

If you accept a formal offer from LJMU you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.

In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

Course modules

The University element of the programme is based around six core modules focusing on:

  • Professional Practice (a series of school-based investigations of current issues)
  • Developing Reflective Professional Practice (enabling you to effectively evaluate your school-based practice)
  • Pedagogy in the Primary Foundation Subjects (in depth support and practical training in a specialist area, drawing on the latest research and classroom-based innovation)
  • Pedagogy in Practice (focusing on the skills required for effective teaching and learning including medium-term planning and assessment)
  • Learning Teaching and Assessment (developing your skills in school-based action research so that you can identify what works best for your learners)
  • Inclusion (ensuring you are fully prepared to meet the diverse needs of your classes)

Assessment methods

Course assessment methods include: critical reflections on research and practice, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences, presentations and a portfolio of professional activities.

You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.

A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ standards required will be based on observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.

Sponsorship information

A range of Bursaries are available to support those training to teach. The amount of Bursary depends on your subject and degree classification. For further information you should consult the Get into Teaching website.

If you are eligible for a Bursary you do not need to apply for one; once you are enrolled at LJMU you will begin receiving payments from the beginning of your course.

To encourage graduates to train as Mathematics specialists a higher Bursary award may be available. You should consult the DfE website for further details.

Full time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:

  • a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees
  • a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
  • a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
  • a means-tested LJMU Bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back


For International student fees, please contact department.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGDE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGDE Full-time International 1 Years

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