University of Wolverhampton

University of Wolverhampton

Primary Education

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education Primary Education offers initial teacher education to develop reflective teachers who care about pupils’ development and who understand how to ensure pupil progression. You will focus on the teaching of the National Curriculum for primary schools and specialise in teaching Key Stages 1 and 2.

This course is designed to meet the NCTL Teaching Standards which assesses all trainees working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is practically based, with a strong theoretical back up and will also make you fully aware of recent educational developments such the National Primary Strategy and Every Child Matters.

We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training students in Primary Education within the Institute of Education.

Entry requirements

  • A first honours degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification (a 2:1 classification or above is expected). Preferably we would like your degree subject to be in a National Curriculum subject.
  • GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) or above in English, Mathematics and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science) or equivalent.

We ask for 10 days experience in a UK mainstream primary school, including Key Stages One and Two. This experience must have taken place since January 2015 and must be in a mainstream school. Other educational settings, for example, SEN / Nursery / Sure Start / any form of extra-curricular coaching will not contribute towards the 10 days. This experience in other settings will enhance your application.

If you have been successful at interview and been given a conditional offer, you will need to complete a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.

Course modules

Over the one year course, you will undertake University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you will spend at least 120 days divided between two different schools across the 3-11 age range within the Primary age phase.

Learning is through experience, exploration and research, and is technology supported - you will also be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the course.

All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development/.

Typical modules may include:

  • An Introduction to Foundation Subjects and RE
  • Developing Information and Communication Technology Skills for the Primary School Classroom
  • Primary English
  • Placements in two Primary Schools
  • Primary Maths
  • Primary Professional Studies
  • Primary Science


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (EU) 1 Years

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Campus or study location: 
Walsall Campus
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Telephone number: 
0800 953 3222