University of Sunderland

University of Sunderland

Primary Education (5-11)

This initial teacher training course covers the knowledge and skills that are required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The course blends University-based academic learning with practical teaching experience in partner schools. The teaching practice represents more than half the course. We have nearly 200 partner schools that are spread around the North East. Students work together with the placement office to secure placements.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from holders of a good honours degree (normally at 2.1 or above). Applicants should also have at least grade C in GCSE Mathematics, Science and English (or equivalent) by commencement of the programme. All successful applicants will be invited in for interview; interviews start mid to late November time. You are also required to complete the Teaching Agency skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy prior to the course starting as an additional requirement.

Course modules

Modules include: Professional studies; mathematics in primary education; English in primary education; science in primary education; foundation subjects in primary education. School experience 1: students will spend 10 weeks teaching in a mainstream school split into 2 phases. In addition sessions are offered in ICT and French.

Assessment methods

Assessment is continuous throughout the course. Subject knowledge is assessed through the use of individual profiles and short tests. Modules are assessed through a variety of assessment methods. School experience is assessed by partner schools in liaison with the University


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sir Tom Cowie Campus Sunderland SR6 0DD North East

Key information

Faculty of Education and Society Recruitment Team
Telephone number: 
0191 515 3845