University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Primary Education (Early Years, 3-7)

This programme allows students to focus their training on work with children aged from 3 to 7 years of age; students spend time in nursery classes, as well as teaching children of school age in both Reception and Key Stage 1 classes; students follow the same range of courses as those on the General Primary programme, in addition to an advanced study of early years education; school-based experiences are a central part of these programmes, with an opportunity for students to experience a range of ages within different schools; students are expected to be placed in a school for up to 19 weeks; both programmes also feature a range of professional courses to help the student plan, teach, and develop their classroom skills; the programmes are designed, in conjunction with partnership schools, to meet the Teachers' Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); the university awards 120 credits for successful completion of the teacher training course, which is awarded at Master�s level; for those who successfully complete their induction year there is an opportunity to transfer credits to the MEd Teaching Studies course, which is awarded on completion of a 60 credit dissertation.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree (normally a 2.1 or above); some National Curriculum content is desirable but not essential; applicants must have GCSE passes (or equivalent) at grade C or above in English, mathematics and science, on application; candidates must also have at least 5 days teaching experience within a mainstream primary school, on application; applicants must also complete a declaration of Suitability to Teach and adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

Assessment methods

Written aspects of the programmes are taught and assessed at Master�s level; overall assessment consists of assignments, school based tasks and school practice.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Telephone number: 
0121 414 5488