Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

PGCE Primary and Early Years (Part-Time)

Developed in partnership with schools and early years settings, our part-time PGCE Primary and Early Years teacher training programmes will support you to become an exceptional teacher.

There are two age-phases to consider, through which you’ll achieve both a PGCE (with 60 Master's credits) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS):

  • PGCE Primary and Early Years - 5-11, with QTS (part time)
  • PGCE Primary and Early Years - 7-11, with QTS (part time)

Your training will take place over 16 months, running on a unique timetable from January to May of the following academic year. You'll spend approximately two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting, for three days per week, up until the final ten-week school placement, which is full-time.

Throughout this part-time teacher training course, you'll experience a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in school.

*Please note that the final school placement (final ten weeks) is full-time.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for people with a committed professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

In addition to the general entry requirements, you’ll need a good honours degree (preferably 2:1 or above); your degree can be in any subject. We only accept candidates with GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above (or recognised equivalents) in English, Mathematics and a Science subject.

Course modules

University-based training

  • We'll encourage you to think critically about educational research, national education initiatives and classroom practice, as well as supporting you in the process of reflection and analysis of your own practice.
  • You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops covering the following key strands: English, Maths, Science, Professional Studies, Teaching in a Diverse Society, and Teachers as Researchers.

School-based training

  • You'll be placed in at least two schools or settings relating to your selected age phase of training (either 5-11 or 7-11).
  • Over the 16-month training programme, you'll have the opportunity to practise and perfect your developing teaching skills. During school training, you’ll be able to reflect on your University training in the context of children’s learning environments.

Assessment methods

You'll be required to undertake a range of assignments that assess your understanding of theories and practices relating to teaching. These will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of the relationship between teaching and learning and the impact you'll have as a teacher on children’s learning, progress and well-being.

In addition, you're required to meet the Teachers’ Standards in your selected training age phase, which will demonstrate your skills in planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating children’s learning and progress.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Part time September 2019 £ 4,625 per Academic year () 24 Months

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