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Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE: Facilities

Education facilities

While you are studying to become a teacher here at Kingston University much of your time will be spent putting your skills into practice within a school environment. The rest of the time will be spent being taught by highly experienced professionals.

The latest in classroom technology

Primary education students carrying out a classroom activityThe School of Education prides itself on providing the latest in classroom technology to ensure that you embark on your work experience in schools with the utmost confidence, and to give you a head start in your first teaching post.

Virtual teaching rooms

Within Kingston University, we have a number of teaching rooms set up to replicate actual classrooms. Each classroom is subject based – there is an art room, science lab, etc – and is equipped with all the relevant facilities you will need to practise your lessons before taking them into school.

Library resources

All our education students have access to the libraries and IT resources at Kingston University.

Our learning resources centre (the Nightingale Centre) at the Kingston Hill campus has every teaching resource you could think of to help you plan your lessons, as well as a dedicated librarian to help you find what you're looking for. The range of educational resources available also aims to reflect current educational thinking and are used in local schools. They cover material from early learning through to A-level.

Classroom workFrom picture books with corresponding DVDs/ videos, CDs and even puppets, to children's novels for all ability levels, and from poetry and plays to fairy tales, the Nightingale Centre has no end of imaginative literature to help you bring your classes to life. Also available are the journals Books for Keeps and Carousel, which provide the latest reviews on appropriate resources for young infants and teenagers, offering you added inspiration.

The Nightingale Centre offers more than just books to help you in your studies and lesson plans. You'll have access to a range of children's music and nursery rhymes on CD, as well as artefacts and kits that can be used to illustrate historical periods, different religions, science, maths and music. We also have puppets and storysacks, which contain a picture book, nonfiction book, soft toy or puppet and a game or other associated materials, as well as posters, CD-ROMs and DVDs/videos.

And there's more…

Further resources are available on My Kingston, our student intranet, including:

  • classroom resources by subject – which link to organisations for teachers, and to websites for teachers and children; and
  • thousands of quality photographic images from the Getty archive (Education Image Gallery), which you can use to create classroom resources.

About our modern teaching environment

There is a wide range of facilities at our Kingston Hill campus, where this course is based.

Kingston Hill campusKingston Hill is a leafy, hillside campus situated about three miles away from Kingston town centre. It is a quiet, secure place to study with easy access to London, meaning it provides the best of all worlds for our students.

Kingston University has made, and continues to make, major investments in buildings and equipment at the campus during recent years.

Find out more about the Kingston Hill campus in the virtual tour.

Learning resources centre

Nightingale CentreOne of the highlights of the Kingston Hill campus is the modern learning resources centre (LRC), called the Nightingale Centre after Florence Nightingale, who was a regular visitor to Kingston Hill.

The LRC provides a spacious and attractive place for students to meet and study and features a cafe, more PCs and zoned study areas. Long opening hours give you plenty of access to specialist education books, journals and online resources.

Find out more about the Nightingale Centre in the virtual tour.

Computer and online facilities

There are many computers (PCs and Macs) available for you to use across the Kingston Hill campus when you need a place to study. Access to the wireless network across the campus means you can also work from your laptop or mobile device.

Using IT to support your studies is crucial. Kingston has an innovative virtual learning environment called Canvas. This allows you to access course materials and contact fellow students and staff while away from the campus.

Postgraduate student facilities

For postgraduate students only, you can also use the dedicated Postgraduate Student Suite on campus. The Postgraduate Student Suite at Kingston Hill (based in the Kingston Business School building) includes a computer room with PCs and a printer, and a separate group-work study room.

Other campus facilities include:

  • free car parking, as well as cycle parking and showers;
  • a free intersite bus service, connecting you to other campuses;
  • a new and improved student restaurant and shop;
  • a Subway;
  • a Students' Union bar – Hannafords;
  • a cashpoint;
  • health and wellbeing services; and
  • sports and recreation societies.

Find out more about the Kingston Hill campus in the virtual tour.

For further information:

School of Education
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5145
Email us


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For further information:

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