Plymouth University

Plymouth University

Primary Education (Early Years)

The course addresses, and is assessed against, the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status provided by the Training and Development Agency, but goes beyond this to explore the complex and demanding nature of education; the programme includes specific focus on developing learning communities, the nature of Early Years and Key Stage 1 settings and providing opportunities for learning across the areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and for Key Stage 1 subjects.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements: GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject; an Honours degree (2.1 or above) or equivalent, from a recognised university (Master's and PhDs also count towards entry requirements. A Master's degree will be considered as a 2nd Class upper degree and a PhD as a 1st. This will also apply to international applicants). It is not necessary for the degree to be in a national curriculum subject. If English is not your 1st language then we�ll need evidence of your proficiency in English as follows: IELTS at level 7 with 7 in all 4 components or GCSE in English Language at grade C or above; if you have gained an IELTS at level 6 to meet the undergraduate entry requirement for an undergraduate degree in the UK, and then completed the degree, this meets our entry requirements; if you have gained an IELTS at level 6.5 to meet the postgraduate entry requirement for a postgraduate degree in the UK, and then completed the degree, this meets our entry requirements. Non-academic requirements: Suitability for the PGCE Primary Early Years programme is judged on a range of factors including academic qualifications, ability to work with other people and a real interest in learning and teaching young children; when selecting applicants for interview the admissions tutor will consider all parts of the application including personal statement and references. Experience in education settings: You are required to have done a minimum of ten days recent observation experience in a government funded UK school or early years setting. This experience will need to have been completed either within 12 months prior to your application or within the academic year previous to the start of the programme, whichever is the earliest; you are expected to arrange visits to local educational settings, and to be able to discuss your observations of children within the learning environment at interview; you will need to give details of your experience within your application; a further reference from the setting will be required if you are offered a place on the programme. Professional Skills Tests and Qualified Teacher Status: You will need to pass your professional skills tests (PST) and qualified teacher status (QTS) tests prior to the start of the programme. For more information please visit the Department of Education website. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure: All offers made for this programme are subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check. Fitness to teach health screening: You are required to complete fitness to teach health screening.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 13,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Plymouth Site Plymouth PL4 8AA South West

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