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Primary Professional Development, PGCert Postgraduate prospectus

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Outstanding' in its recent report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • Whether you are a newly qualified or experienced teacher, we offer a flexible PGCert with the opportunity to gain Master's level credits.
  • Our programme supports continuing professional development by focusing on improving classroom practice.
  • If you have a background in education, we provide you with a rigorous and engaging introduction to studying as an academic subject.

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Primary Education


1 years full time



Your students never stop learning, so why should you?

Our Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCert) is a Primary Professional Development programme. It is aimed at primary teachers who are just entering the profession as well as more experienced teachers.

The training we offer is intended to support you as a teacher in your professional development. We focus on developing both your classroom practice and impact on whole-school-improvement.

Graduates from our programme go on to develop their careers in education to middle and senior management opportunities. Credits taken at Master's level can be transferred to a Master's programme such as MA Education.

The quality of teacher training in Primary education was rated as "Outstanding" in the Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. "Trainees and NQTs confirm that they are very well supported by their university staff" the report found.

Personal development

During your time with us, you will become an autonomous learner through an action-research based approach to professional development. You will develop the ability to analyse and synthesise experience and information, and create innovative solutions to school based problem. You will learn to relate theory and practice and evaluate experience within a theoretical perspective.

On a personal development level, you will develop a personal philosophy and vision of education, teaching and learning. Our expert lecturers will guide you to form positive, respectful relationships with children and young people, as well as their careers, tutors and other professionals.

Your training

You will focus on a classroom-based action research project. In addition, you will look at a school improvement priority, again this will be using action research. Topics for study will be individually negotiated with each student and will vary based on the needs of the classroom as well as the individual schools improvement priority.

You will learn to apply theory and practice through action research. This will be in educational areas as:

  • Assessment and planning
  • Classroom management
  • Behaviour management
  • Inclusion
  • Differentiation
  • Learning theory
  • Current policy
  • Curriculum
  • Professionalism, self-assessment and evaluation.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification.

In addition candidates:

  • Must have Qualified Teacher Status and be working in a school - you will need to be working in a classroom / school to gather data for assignments
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening although this should already be in place for those working in schools.

Extra information


There will be two action research projects. The topics for study will be individually negotiated with each student and will vary based on the needs of the classroom and the individual schools improvement priority.

Professional recognition

Successful students can earn up to 60 Masters Level credits and will achieve a Professional Graduate Certificate in Primary Professional Development.


This programme is for qualified or newly qualified teachers. Graduates from this programme may go on to develop careers in education, from middle to senior management opportunities.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

Come and get a feel for what learning and life is like with us.

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