University of Chester

Primary (including School Direct) with QTS PGCE

Teaching is an extremely rewarding and challenging career. Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding teacher. We aim to nurture teachers who are passionate about the development of their own and their pupils' learning.

The University of Chester Partnership has a rich history of developing highly skilled, knowledgeable teachers, and has a high employability rate. Our Partnership has learning at its heart, combined with passion and enthusiasm for teaching and learning.

We will provide you with the support you need to become a critically reflective evidence-based practitioner through a combination of academic challenge and school learning. An unusual aspect of the Chester experience is the enrichment module, which will support you in developing your expertise and employability in different educational settings, e.g. nurseries, SEND schools, post-16 provision. Strong pastoral care is a key aspect of ensuring your success on this demanding but fulfilling course.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally:

  • hold or be expected to gain a minimum 2:1 degree
  • have relevant experience in state schools (minimum 10 days)
  • have grade C in English Language and Maths and, for Primary and Primary/Early Years, grade C in Science
  • have to pass the NCTL skills tests in literacy and numeracy by 30th June 2017

Course modules

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

  • The Nature and Purpose of Learning and Teaching
  • Understanding the Curriculum and its Development                 
  • The Nature and Purpose of Assessment

Assessment methods

Professional and academic learning is assessed through assignments and directed activities.
School-based learning is assessed holistically against the Teachers’ Standards.


The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.

Your course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.

Prior to admission to this course, you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University, for which there will be charge.

The cost of the disclosure is currently £55.00. Applicants are strongly advised to subscribe to the Disclosure Update Service, payable directly to the DBS and currently costing £13.00.

Further information may be found at If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.


Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
PGCE Full-time Home/EU £ 9,250 Whole course 1 years

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