Postgraduate - taught prospectus

Primary Education, PGCE

Become a Qualified Teacher. Study for your PGCE in Primary Education at the University of Greenwich. Learn about course fees, entry requirements and more.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Outstanding' in its recent report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • 24 weeks ‘on the job’ comprehensive training in two consecutive age ranges.
  • Voted in the top 2 universities in London with 98% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

Course/institution codes

X100

Department

Primary Education

Location

Attendance

1 years full-time

Are you looking for a rewarding career where no two days are the same and you will impact some of the most crucial years of a child's development?

Our PGCE in Primary Education (postgraduate and professional routes) will enable you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills to teach in primary schools - particularly those in the urban inner-city. Here, you will engage in core practice and learn the professional values of teaching.

You will have the opportunity to train in two consecutive age ranges:

  • Foundation/Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 2 (which encompasses both ages 7-9 and 9-11).

The quality of teacher training in Primary education was rated as "Outstanding" in the Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. Ofsted found that "Headteachers unanimously agree that when newly qualified teachers from the University of Greenwich are employed, they 'hit the ground running'. They are very much the first choice for employers in the local and wider London region."

School-based training

One of the most thrilling elements of our programme is our partnership with schools. You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in a primary school, with extended experience in two schools.

This will be an integral part of your study and provides the context in which you can develop your professional skills, knowledge and understanding.

There will also be further opportunities to engage in school-based training in a range of specialist schools and educational contexts.

University-based training

In addition to school-based training, studies also take place at the university's campus and cover all elements of the National Curriculum.

Our workshops are interactive and encourage you to work collaboratively. These include practical tasks and exploring theoretical perspectives. Opportunities are also provided for you to take an enhancement in an area of personal interest or expertise, e.g. Special educational needs.

Student support

Our expert staff are active researchers as well as being trained primary teachers. During the programme, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support your studies. Your tutor will be on hand to offer both personal career and academic guidance. Individual support and designated workshops are tailored to meet the needs of each of our individual students in order to ensure high quality outcomes.

Student satisfaction

  • Voted in the top 2 universities in London with 98% student satisfaction (NSS 2017) 
  • Voted in the top 2 universities in London with 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2016).

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

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You can find out a lot about a university online, but to really get a feel for what it's like to live and study here you should come and visit. Come take a look at our historic campuses in London and Kent.

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The best way to find out about student life at the University of Greenwich is to join one of our amazing Open Days. You get to look around the campus, view our student accommodation, and speak with staff and students to get your questions answered. Parents are very welcome too!

Come and see why Greenwich is the ideal university for you.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry!

We host events regularly, so there will be more opportunities to visit very soon.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

In addition for candidates:

  • Have clear written and spoken English
  • Pass Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

Applications should be made at the UCAS teacher training website.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Additional information

Assessment

There is a range of assessment modes including:

  • Essays
  • Portfolios
  • Presentations
  • Practical teaching in school. 

After being formally assessed against the national statutory requirements, students can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. The programme provides an opportunity for Master's-level credits, which can be gained through the submission of appropriate assignments.

Careers

Graduates of this programme can pursue a teaching career in primary schools.

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