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University of Wolverhampton

Primary Education

If you wish to communicate your enthusiasm of learning with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education Primary Education offers initial teacher education to develop reflective teachers who care about pupils’ development and who understand how to ensure pupil progression. You will focus on the teaching of the National Curriculum for primary schools and specialise in teaching Key Stages 1 and 2.

This course is designed to meet the NCTL Teaching Standards which assesses all trainees working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is practically based, with a strong theoretical back up and will also make you fully aware of recent educational developments such the National Primary Strategy and Every Child Matters.

We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training students in Primary Education within the Institute of Education.

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards our Masters degrees in the field of education.

This is NOT an appropriate training course for applicants who wish to teach in Secondary schools or Post Compulsory Education establishments.

Entry requirements

  • A first honours degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification (a 2:1 classification or above is expected). Preferably we would like your degree subject to be in a National Curriculum subject.
  • GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) or above in English, Mathematics and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science) or equivalent.

Please note we do not accept GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations and be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted, if you unsure please contact our Admissions Department for clarification. You will be required to provide evidence of your original GCSE qualifications.

  • We ask for 10 days experience in a UK mainstream primary school, including Key Stages One and Two. This experience must have taken place since January 2015 and must be in a mainstream school. Other educational settings, for example, SEN / Nursery / Sure Start / any form of extra-curricular coaching will not contribute towards the 10 days. This experience in other settings will enhance your application.

You will be required to provide evidence of your original qualifications.

International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at

Interview and selection

The interview process for PGCE Primary (x100) 2017/2018 will be in two stages.

First Stage: All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to complete written audit. These will provide us with some information about your existing strengths as well as indicate any areas where you need to develop your knowledge and understanding. These are for formative assessment purposes only and are not used as part of the criteria in making a decision regarding an offer of a place on the course.

Second Stage: You will engage in a face to face interview; this will provide an opportunity to share your knowledge of the Primary Classroom.

Please view further interview information

Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests

Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin after 2013/14 are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course.

You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme through UCAS Teacher Training.

Find out more about Professional Skills Tests and the support we offer.

Please note that: Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of knowledge of the role of a Primary teacher but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching.

Clearance checks

If you have been successful at interview and been given a conditional offer, you will need to complete a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.

We wish you every success with your application.

Course modules

Over the one year course, you will undertake University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you will spend at least 120 days divided between two different schools across the 3-11 age range within the Primary age phase.

Learning is through experience, exploration and research, and is technology supported - you will also be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the course.

All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development/.

Typical modules may include:

  • An Introduction to Foundation Subjects and RE
  • Developing Information and Communication Technology Skills for the Primary School Classroom
  • Primary English
  • Placements in two Primary Schools
  • Primary Maths
  • Primary Professional Studies
  • Primary Science

PGCE: programme structure

Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.

120 days (24 weeks) of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools.

We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our first concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences. Additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools. Support is available from your University Tutor throughout your training, plus from experienced teachers accredited by the University as school based tutors.


These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,700 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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