University of Leeds School of Education

University of Leeds

Primary Education (5-9)

Our PGCE Primary programme is one of the largest in the north of England, and recruits high-quality graduate students from across the country.We have a talented and dedicated team of tutors with experience and expertise across the Primary curriculum, and our school provides specialised teaching provision and resources for all subjects of the National Curriculum. We offer two pupil age-range pathways: one focusing on the 5-9 age range and one focusing on the 7-11 age range.

Entry requirements

You must hold, and be able to provide certificated evidence of an undergraduate Honours degree of 2.2 or above awarded in the UK university (or an equivalent qualification awarded by an approved institution outside the UK). You must have English Language, Mathematics and Science GCSEs (or equivalent) with grade C or higher. These must be awarded prior to application. You should have a minimum of two weeks observation experience in a UK state sector Primary School.

Course modules

Primary Educational and Professional Studies examines the theoretical context of primary education and the primary curriculum, and explores the practical aspects of teaching and learning, such as assessment, differing learning styles, classroom organisation and behaviour management. Primary Practical Teaching covers your work placements in 2 local schools where you will acquire direct teaching experience for a total of 24 weeks. We design our placements to prepare you to teach either the 5-9 or 7-11 age range, but you will also have opportunities to work with teachers and children across the whole Primary age range. Foundation Subject Studies examines the non-core subject areas in the primary curriculum: art and design, design and technology, geography, history, music, computing, religious education, physical education, modern foreign languages, citizenship, and personal, social and health education. In addition to examining the theoretical elements behind each subject, sessions are also practical with a focus on topics and activities for use in the classroom. Primary English, Mathematics and Science all investigate the principles and concepts of 'best practice' for teaching, learning and assessment in the relevant subject, and explore the development of children's knowledge and skills, enabling you to understand National Curriculum requirements and how best to achieve them in the classroom and beyond, while considering issues of equality and difference.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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