University of Leicester

University of Leicester

Primary Education (Primary with French)

The course enables students to achieve the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to continually develop their teaching throughout their future careers by fostering a strong ethos of reflective practice; students on this course cover Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 (upper primary) for most of the year; students are able to opt for a specialist area of study from a range of options presented early in the course; 18 weeks spent in schools.

Entry requirements

2.1 degree or equivalent; GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in mathematics, English language and a science subject; relevant GCE A-level (or equivalent); other relevant professional qualifications or experience in chosen subject specialism; interview.

Course modules

Professional studies strand: pedagogical understanding and wider professional context; curriculum strand: mathematics and English and full range of the primary national curriculum. Specialist studies strand: drama strategies for literacy and cross-curricular work; French; English (cross-curricular issues); history; information communication technology (ICT); learning, teaching and inclusion; mathematics; science and knowledge and understanding of the world; sustainable schools and citizenship education. School placements: all students undertake 3 block teaching placements in 3 different schools, and also visit different schools as part of a series of focus days studying specific subject and professional topics in an intensive school-based context, the Primary with French course covers covering Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Assessment methods

For Primary with French students this specialist area is French and they complete focused work at University and in schools to develop their skills in teaching this subject alongside all other areas of the curriculum; all specialist studies contribute to 1 of 2 formally assessed written assignments which normally lead to 60 credits at Master's level; in addition students are assessed against the Teacher Agency's professional standards for Qualified Teacher Status.


Qualification Study mode 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
University of Leicester Leicester LE1 7RH East Midlands

Key information

PGCE Primary Office
Telephone number: 
0116 2523677