University of Brighton

University of Brighton

Primary Education (3-7)

Course prepares graduates to teach in a foundation stage/key stage 1 setting (3-7 years) and reflects the early years curriculum and newly revised primary curriculum; the focus of the course is split between university-based studies and 2 block school placements, so students develop both the theoretical knowledge and practical experience required for a successful career in teaching; students study the foundation stage and newly revised primary curriculum, and develop the ability to evaluate critically and reflect upon the principles of teaching and learning; participants gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of a range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies, and learn how to use and adapt them to meet the varying needs of the youngest learners.

Entry requirements

Degree at 2.1 or equivalent in a subject area that has some relevance to early years/primary school teaching, but it does not need to be in a national curriculum area; experience of working in schools prior to application (at least 50 per cent of the required) minimum of 4 weeks recent experience (ideally more), in a primary classroom (Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2); applicants must demonstrate that they are familiar with the context that they intend to work in and provide evidence of some understanding of the teaching profession; experience of working with children (non-school-based context); previous experience of working with children in a non-school-based context, work or life experiences that have helped you to develop a good understanding of the needs of young children and how they learn, or other professional/vocational qualifications is considered; at least 5 subjects including English language, mathematics and science are required; all applicants are required to attend an interview in person either at the Falmer campus or at one of the partner schools; all offers of places are subject to a satisfactory health check and a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) enhanced disclosure check; for non-native speakers of English: 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Falmer Campus Brighton BN1 9PH South East

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