University of Greenwich

University of Greenwich

Primary Education

The programme aims to train teachers who are confident in all settings, particularly urban and inner-city schools. Students train for 2 consecutive key stages, either 3-7 years or 5-11 years. Although students are expected to specialise in teaching either 3-7 years or 5-11, they have an opportunity to observe and engage in structured experience across the full primary range. This programme is run in partnership with schools and students spend a minimum of 18 weeks in a primary school. The full-time programme requires students to be available for classes and school experience each weekday. The programme is also offered in a flexible mode, which offers an individual training plan building on student's existing skills, knowledge and experience, while seeking to accommodate their other commitments. Aims of the programme: To develop practical knowledge and theoretical understanding to work with primary school children, to train students to teach in 2 consecutive stages (Foundation and Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 1 and 2) with an understanding of the National Curriculum and learning needs of children from Foundation stage to Key Stage 3, to develop professional values and practice needed to meet the broad demands teaching.

Entry requirements

A good degree (2.2 or above) from a UK university or equivalent. Clear written and spoken English. Candidates attend an interview and must provide recent evidence of a minimum of 10 days working with/observing children in a primary school classroom. Candidates must have grade C at GCSE in English, mathematics and science.

Course modules

Core curriculum (English, mathematics, science); education and professional studies; information communication technology; the foundation curriculum; school experience; needs analysis for flexible learning students.

Assessment methods

National standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. Assignments and tests in literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years
PGCE Part-time - 2 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time - 1 years
PGCE (professional) Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Avery Hill Campus Bexley SE9 2PQ South East

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