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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 2019
Early Years X121 Full time 1 year September 2019
General Primary (with Mathematics) 3822 Full time 1 year September 2019

School of Education January Open Day
Saturday 19 January 2019
If you are interested in becoming a teacher in early years, primary (5-11) or secondary, are looking to find out more about our Education MRes programme or want to specialise in Early Years, Special Educational Needs or Physical Education come along to our Education Open Day on Saturday 19 January, 10.00am - 1.00pm.

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

This course will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence informed teacher. At the heart of our course is a commitment to personalising your journey to Qualified Teacher Status. We'll help you to grow in confidence and competence by providing you with outstanding support as you train. We have high student satisfaction rates, as evidenced in the Guardian University League table for Education.

You'll find a supportive learning environment at the University and in our partnership schools. This will help you develop a deep understanding of the primary curriculum and acquire a range of teaching methods, based upon the latest research in education. We model good teaching as we train you, so you can transfer what you've experienced into your own practice.

We make use of a range of learning experiences, including our very popular Dorset residential trip at the start of your course where you'll begin to consider how to make use of the world beyond your classroom door.

You'll also benefit from a course that supports you in becoming a research-engaged teacher, who can use evidence to drive improvements in young people's learning and well being. Your PGCE modules form part of our Master of Research in Education, which you can continue with beyond your PGCE year.

You will benefit from two contrasting placements in our committed partnership of schools. You will spend two-thirds of your course in both placements.

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?

This course is designed to enable you to confidently teach in your chose age phase (3-7 or 5-11):

Indicative areas of training for all primary students:

  • Learning to teach core curriculum subjects: English (including phonics), mathematics, science
  • Learning to teach foundation curriculum subjects, with a focus on topic and thematic learning
  • Ensuring equality of outcomes for diverse learners
  • Understanding child development
  • Supporting learners with special educational needs
  • Supporting learners with needs in the English language
  • Promoting behaviour for learning in a positive classroom environment
  • Keeping children safe
  • Self-resilience and wellbeing

Additional areas of training for Early Years pathway:

If you follow our Early Years pathway, you will also benefit from the following:

  • Teaching by research-engaged early years specialist academic staff
  • Early Years placements including nursery, reception and KS1
  • Dedicated training in planning and teaching in the Early Years foundation stage

If you follow our Primary with Mathematics pathway, you will also benefit from the following:

  • Specialist training input from mathematics specialists to support your enhanced ability to teach and lead the subject.

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.


Professional placement in school

  • On your first placement you will receive formative feedback against the national Teachers' Standards. You will be given regular feedback against these, with targets that enable you to grow in confidence and ability.
  • On second placement you will continue to receive formative feedback against the Teachers' Standards and at the end of your placement you will be summatively assessed against the Standards. This will be used as a key part of the decision to recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status.

PGCE academic modules

  • You will complete one assignment in each of the level 7 modules. These assignments are designed to deepen your understanding of teaching through engaging with evidence in the context of your own practice. 

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.


  • This module focuses on developing your ability to teach, assess and undertake your professional responsibilities in your chosen phase of education. It is part based at the University, where lectures, seminars and online learning will provide you with research, theory and practice based insights into effective learning and teaching. It is largely based upon your practice in school and settings, where you receive formal training, experience of working alongside professionals, experience of being the lead practitioner in a classroom/setting and experience of the wider aspects of being a teacher.

    Successful completion of this module, in combination with the academic level 7 modules will enable a recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status.

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  • This module introduces you to reflective practice and the value and purpose of reflection for teachers. This will enable you to develop an understanding of how to identify issues and develop solutions in professional settings and schools.

    You will critically explore how children develop physically, socially and as learners. You will critically analyse the language and communication skills and understanding required to operate as an effective teacher.

    Through completion of a reflective journal during the module you will develop critical, reflective practitioner skills to inform peer and colleague discussion within a learning community to challenge and develop your teaching.

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  • This module enables you to locate yourself as an emerging professional within wider discourses about teaching as a profession. It allows you to evaluate your own identity as a professional and reflect on the values that you and the wider profession hold. You will critically analyse discussions and debates which affect classroom practice. These debates will focus on specific areas to exemplify wider issues in education. The focus of these discussions will be on inclusive teaching and learning and the legislative frameworks which provide codes of practice. 

    A key focus of the module is to develop your ability to make sense of education research and to apply this in the context of your school or setting.

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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.

Regulations governing this course are available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

For further information:

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