University of Winchester

University of Winchester

Primary Education (5-11 years)

The PGCE Primary programme trains students to teach in either the 3-7 or 5-11 age range. The programme experience is intensive yet intellectually stimulating � it involves high levels of active participation and personal and professional commitment, enabling the development of thoughtful and high-quality entrants to the teaching profession.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have a 2nd Class Honours degree or above (ideally in a subject related to the primary curriculum) plus GCSE passes (or equivalent) at Grade C or above in English language, science and mathematics. To obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), students are also required to pass the DfE professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy. Passes in the skills tests are a pre-course condition of entry to the programme. All applicants to the programme are required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and complete a health declaration. The cost of the DBS check is covered by applicants. Applicants are required to satisfy interviewers that they can meet the strenuous demands of this initial teacher training programme and that they have the potential to develop the attributes, skills and knowledge of high-quality teachers. Applicants require 2 weeks pre-application experience. For the Primary 5-11 route, this experience should be from the last 2 years and, as a general rule, have taken place in mainstream primary Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The interview event involves a range of activities and tasks, about which candidates receive information prior to the event. Applicants with disabilities are invited to notify us of any special arrangements that they may require during the interview process.

Course modules

Students undertake modules within professional studies; curriculum studies and personalising learning; exploring themes relating to education, schools, the curriculum and learning and teaching. The taught modules are designed to work together to support progression in student skills and understanding of primary pedagogy.

Assessment methods

Assignments are varied to capture students� differing strengths and include essays, presentations and practitioner enquiry reports. Feedback is given with all assignments in order that students can improve their academic writing as the programme progresses. School placements are assessed through graded observations measured against the Teachers� Standards (Department of Education 2012). The observations include detailed feedback, usually made by the class teacher and a university link-tutor mentor.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,300 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (EU fees) 1 years
PGCE Part-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 2 years
PGCE Part-time £ 11,300 per Whole course (overseas fees) 2 years
PGCE Part-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King Alfred Campus Winchester SO22 4NR South East

Key information

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