Course Overview

This course prepares trainee teachers to teach within the primary age range (3-11) on your chosen route; 3-7, 5-11 or 7-11 and will provide you with a PGCE at Masters level and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The course is validated with 60 credit points at Level 7 (Masters' level).

The course will develop your personal, professional and intellectual qualities to match those expected of a newly qualified teacher.

Course Structure

A strength of the course is the way in which theory and practice are related as a result of extensive time spent working with children in two placement schools.

We also use our extensive contacts with local schools for day visits during the modules of the course. In addition, we have a series of visiting speakers on a variety of subjects  to enhance your understanding of all aspects of primary school life and learning.

Modules Covered

Three assessed modules are covered, each worth 20 Credit points at masters level. These are:

Module 1: Theories That Underpin Teaching and Learning

Module 2: Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Module 3: Educational Philosophy and Vision.

Learning Methods

The majority of sessions are taught in groups, although individual tutorial sessions and whole cohort learning approaches are also utilised to develop knowledge and understanding of the full range of the curriculum. A number of sessions will consider activities that may be carried out in the classroom, on a particular theme, with discussions of related curricular and pedagogical issues.

The course is designed to make strong links between study and reflection in College and work in school.

This course is intensive and demanding, taking into account the high level of independent study expected of our postgraduate students undertaking both a professional qualification and work at Masters level.

Teaching Methods

A wide range of teaching methods will be used, including lectures, workshops, group discussions, seminars and tutorials.


Your work in College is continuously assessed. At present, formal assessment includes three assignments, one of which is in the form of a presentation and related work. Your work in school is assessed by our College tutors and trained mentors. This assessment is modelled against the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status, as stated by the NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership).


Work Placement/Fieldwork

On the PGCE Primary you will spend nearly 75% of your course working with children in two placement schools. Each placement begins with a pattern of serial days including periods of observation, work with small groups of children and the completion of school-based tasks. Serial days lead to blocks of practice with whole classes.

Training must enable trainees to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to teach within the phase for which they are training. Typically, primary training will take place across the 3-7, 5-11 or 7-11 age ranges. No training programme should cover fewer than four school years. (Initial Teacher Training criteria and supporting advice, Department for Education, March 2016). Placements will be organised according to your chosen route, with opportunities to experience the extended Primary age range of 3-11.

We have strong partnership links with local schools, whose staff make a significant contribution to your training. Partnership schools are situated in Bradford and the neighbouring LEAs to give a wide range of experience and to meet the needs of students from across the region.

What's Next?

The PGCE is one of the courses of Initial Teacher Training offered within the College and will equip you to work as a qualified teacher within a primary setting. We emphasise the understanding of teaching in a diverse society by preparing you to teach in a range of contexts.

Did You Know?

Your future career will be built on a solid foundation of the highest academic standards of teaching and learning – as many of our teaching staff are experts in their fields.

Entry Requirements

An Honours degree (at 2:2 or above) preferably relevant to the primary classroom. GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above in English, mathematics and science or equivalent.

Suitable applicants will be invited for an interview.

A satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and health check are also required prior to commencement of the course.

You must also pass the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy & Numeracy before starting on the course.


Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

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