Student experience

The Department of Primary Education has a long established record of student satisfaction. The Primary undergraduate degree achieved a high score of 90% for overall satisfaction in the 2013 National Student Survey (NSS).

The department has dedicated specialist teaching space, including science laboratories, art studios and a music room which replicate the teaching environment at primary Schools across the UK, allowing trainee teachers to get hands-on experience. The department is located on the Mansion site of Avery Hill, which has housed teacher training for over 80 years. The beautiful library at Mansion has an extensive collection of books and expert media support staff. The Mary Seacole and David Fussey building, opened in 2007 house teaching facilities, laboratories, and a sports hall.

A community of 1,200 students live on site. The Student Village complex on Southwood Site features the Dome, a social hub which has been refurbished to include a state-of-the-art gym, restaurant and coffee bar providing computer and Wi-Fi access. The site also has a shop, launderette, parking and sporting facilities.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years at Greenwich University so far. I have made so many friends and everyone is really friendly. I decided to go to Greenwich as a friend previously recommended the university and I am really enjoying my course. I love being on placement and being able to go out with my friends. I also work for the university and feel they have supported me well throughout my study. Tutors are helpful and always available to help when I have needed support. Overall, my experience at Greenwich so far has been an enjoyable one and I have definitely made friends for life."

Daisy Warren
BA Hons Primary Education with QTS - second year

"I have really enjoyed my time at the University of Greenwich. I have found the lecturers very supportive, friendly and keen to receive feedback on their teaching to improve for the future students. It is a great comfort in knowing that the lecturers are all previous primary school teachers – some are still working within primary schools. The lecturers have hands-on knowledge and real scenarios to put their teaching into perspective. The course provided details of the most current educational policy and new initiatives being trialled in education. This has led me to be extremely employable and I have already found a job. This is testament to the good teaching at the University of Greenwich."

Georgina Lawford
BA Hons Primary Education with recommendation for QTS

"The tutors on this course are highly experienced with good practical knowledge. They provide many hints and tips about teaching and recommend brilliant resources. Lectures and seminars are interesting and provide students with interactive opportunities. The programme leader, Penny Smith, is a proactive leader, who ensures all students are supported and enjoy their experience on the PGCE Primary Course. The University of Greenwich has enabled me to begin my career as a primary school teacher, as a confident and enthusiastic practitioner."

Becky Butler
PGCE Primary, full-time