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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 2020
Early Years X121 Full time 1 year September 2020
General Primary (with Mathematics) 3822 Full time 1 year September 2020

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?

You will learn to teach the core curriculum subjects of English (including phonics), mathematics and science. You will also learn to teach foundation curriculum subjects, with a focus on integrated and thematic learning. You will develop your understanding of child development and how to ensure equality of outcomes for diverse learners.

You will learn ways to promote positive behaviour for learning, how to keep children safe and encourage their self-resilience and wellbeing.

The Early Years pathway placements include nursery, reception and KS1.

The Primary with Mathematics pathway offers training from mathematics specialists.

Two-thirds of the course consists of learning on school placement. You will have two contrasting placements from our committed partnership of schools.

Bursaries are available to trainees on primary general (with mathematics) courses with at least grade B Maths A level or equivalent.


Professional placement in school

  • While on placement you will receive regular formative feedback against the national Teachers' Standards. Targets will enable you to grow in confidence and ability. At the end of your second placement you will be summatively assessed against the Standards. This will form a key part of the decision to recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status.

PGCE academic modules

  • You will complete one assessed assignment in each level 7 module. These will 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

You will learn about pedagogy (the art of teaching), including learning theories and child development, alongside the subjects of the national curriculum and the early years foundation stage framework. Together, this learning will help you understand how best to teach each subject to children of different ages, needs, attributes and experiences. You will also explore key professional issues, such as safeguarding and supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

We model good teaching as we train you, so you can transfer what you've experienced into your own practice.

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.


  • Non-credit bearing module

    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.

  • This module introduces students to theories of reflective practice and the value and purpose of reflection for teachers. This will enable students to develop in-depth understanding of how they reflect in order to identify issues and develop solutions in their professional settings.

    The main features of the module are critical explorations of factors that affect how children develop physically, socially and as learners. Students will critically analyse issues relevant to their current practice considering their own position as effective teachers.

    Through completion of a reflective journal during the module students will develop critical, reflective and reflexive skills to inform peer and colleague discussion within a learning community. Students will be encouraged and supported to challenge and develop their professional practice.

  • 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.


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:

School of Education
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5145
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For further information:

School of Education
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