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Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE

Pathway UCAS code Mode Duration Start date
General Primary X100 Full time 1 year September 2018
Early Years X121 Full time 1 year September 2018
General Primary (with Mathematics) 3822 Full time 1 year September 2018

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If you are interested in becoming a teacher in early years, primary (5-11) or secondary or are looking to find out more about our Education MRes programme, come along to our Open Day on Saturday 20 January 2018 10.00am–1.00pm.

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Choose Kingston's Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE

This course provides an intensive, highly challenging and rewarding programme that will enable you to qualify as a primary teacher (Key Stage 1 and 2) or Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 in one year. You will also receive the award of PGCE with 60 credits towards a masters degree. School experience in our excellent range of partnership schools enables you to put theory to practice.

Funding for this course

You may qualify for a bursary or scholarship, depending on your undergraduate degree qualification, teaching specialism and whether primary or secondary level.

For more information visit the Get into Teaching website.

What will you study?

You will gain a sound knowledge of the core subjects of English, mathematics and science, together with the opportunity to explore and develop your understanding of subjects in the wider curriculum, such as history, geography, modern foreign languages, art and physical education. You will also develop the essential skills of communication, planning, teaching and assessment that you will need in practice. You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in school placements, supported by a school-based mentor and/or a University tutor.

Please be aware: applicants need to pass NCTL's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy as a condition of entry to the course. Please consult the Get into Teaching website for more information


Written assignments, school experience placements.

We work closely with local education authorities, schools, colleges and a wide-range of educational organisations. This helps us to ensure your studies are kept up-to-date in the changing world of education. Find out more...

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.


  • Modules in the core curriculum subjects (English, maths and science) develop your own subject knowledge and give you the confidence and competence to teach all aspects of the National Curriculum in these subjects at primary level.

  • This module gives you an introduction to the broader curriculum subjects, along with a basic knowledge and understanding of their teaching and learning. The broader curriculum subjects are:

    • art;
    • design technology;
    • educational technologies;
    • history;
    • geography;
    • music;
    • performing arts;
    • physical education; and
    • religious education.
  • The early years (Foundation Stage / Key Stage 1) specialism enables you to examine the philosophies underpinning the play based and formal approaches to learning and teaching. You will also experience and explore planning and assessment in the Foundation Stage and the issues and challenges that arise when supporting children through the transition between different phases of education.

  • For your Subject Specialism module, you choose a primary National Curriculum subject, usually closely related to your degree profile or A-levels, to study more broadly. You consider:

    • the subject's importance in the primary curriculum;
    • content and teaching approaches across Key Stages 1 and 2;
    • the leadership and management of the subject; and
    • its relation to the broader issues of special educational needs, inclusion, citizenship and English as an additional language.

    If you decide to focus on Foundation/Key Stage 1, then you study early years education as your specialism. You develop your knowledge in key areas such as:

    • the Foundation Stage curriculum;
    • early childhood development;
    • teaching and learning; and
    • home-school partnerships.

    If you decide to focus on upper primary teaching, you can choose to study French, German or Spanish as your subject specialism. You develop your own subject knowledge, enabling you to teach language in a lively and creative way at primary level. You also take part in a four-week placement in a school in France, Germany or Spain.

  • Within this module you will develop the skills to reflect critically on your professional and pedagogic knowledge, understanding and practice.

    You will consider professional aspects of your practice, such as social, cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic diversity within the classroom; positive values and behaviour management. You will study child development and theories of teaching and learning, and will be introduced to the skills of planning, effective assessment, teaching and class management.

  • School experience placements support you in meeting the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status. You benefit from:

    • experiencing the full professional role of the teacher;
    • the opportunity to relate theory to practice within the school setting; and
    • the support and guidance of a school-based mentor and/or a university tutor.

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

For further information:

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5145
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