University of Northampton

University of Northampton

Primary Education

This course is designed for graduates wishing to teach in primary schools and prepares teachers for Key Stages 1 and 2, the 5 to 11 years age groups; it aims to prepare highly committed and creative professionals to enter primary education. The course supports teacher trainees in developing the skills, knowledge and understanding required to demonstrate the professional standards for teaching required by the Department for Education (Teaching Agency) and prepares students to teach the National Curriculum (Key Stages 1 and 2) with an emphasis on the core subjects and key national strategies in literacy and numeracy including systematic synthetic phonics. Students also study professional issues including classroom organisation, behaviour management, planning, assessment and equal opportunities and inclusion. A substantial part of the course is spent in partner schools, which enables students to develop competence in practical teaching in a range of educational contexts; the course also contains 2 distinct strands (professional and academic) with modules at Master's level 7, trainees work on both strands and if successful receive a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 credits towards an Master's in education.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold an Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent) and whenever possible the classification should be a 2.1 or 1st, although other strong candidates may be accepted; evidence of a minimum of 10 days recent primary school experience is expected; GCSE passes at grade C or above in mathematics, English and science are required by all candidates; a good range of GCSE passes (or other qualifications and experience) is also required; there is an interview to explore the candidates suitability for teaching; Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS); students are required to pass the DfE's skills tests in literacy and numeracy before attending an interview.

Course modules

Typical modules include: geography; art; design and technology; English; history and geography; information communication technologies; mathematics; music; performance art and arts; physical education; professional studies; religious education; school experience; science.

Assessment methods

Assessment is continuous and includes written assignments and practical teaching; partner schools share the responsibility for assessment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Park Campus Northampton NN2 7AL East Midlands

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