University of East London

University of East London

Primary Education (3-11)

Students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of what it means to be a professional in school, engage in practical and theoretical enquiry as a key element of development as a teacher and reflect on and take responsibility for professional development. Students will have the necessary experiences to meet the standards for qualified teacher status and be able to respond proactively and positively to change and thus enabled to make informed contributions to education. Trainees spend 18 weeks on placement in schools, with a choice of 2 age groups: 3-7 years (early years and key stage 1); 5-11 years (key stages 1 and 2). The teaching year is divided into 3 terms, with school half terms being designated as directed study time. The teaching year begins in September and ends in July. Students will attend 5 days a week and spend the equivalent of 18 weeks in schools.

Entry requirements

Honours degree 2.2 or higher; GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, science and mathematics; interview required. By the start of the programme applicants are required to successfully complete a minimum of 5 days observation in a primary school.

Course modules

Modules include: Learning, teaching and effective pedagogy across the curriculum; school based learning and every child matters; developing understanding and skills in English and mathematics; managing professional change and development; critical incidents in teaching.

Assessment methods

For the award of PGCE all of the required assessment needs to be passed. If students are unsuccessful at assessment at Master's level they will be offered the opportunity to be assessed for the award of PGCE level 3. In order to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) students have to demonstrate that they have met all of the QTS standards. To this end there is continual assessment of the student's professional development file. School experience is assessed by observation carried out by school based staff and visiting tutors.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Stratford Campus Waltham Forest E15 4LZ South East

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