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Postgraduate courses 2024/25

Primary Education (3-11) (Provider-led School-based) with QTS, PGCE

Are you looking for a rewarding career to impact on the crucial years of a child's development? Our school based PGCE will help you develop as a passionate and principled primary school teacher.

At the University of Greenwich we develop excellent teachers who are resilient, critical, and reflective classroom practitioners. You will benefit from the university’s commitment to inclusivity, diversity and serving disadvantaged communities. The well-structured curriculums and placement-based training prepare trainees well to enter the world of teaching (Ofsted 2023).

This school-based course is designed to prepare the PGCE Primary course with QTS* aims to prepare beginning teachers to meet the Teachers’ Standards.

The school based PGCE has a choice of three delivery partners.

* The University of Derby has co-designed and accredited the curriculum and will recommend QTS and the University Greenwich will make the academic award.




1 years full-time

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Home/international fees 2024/25

£9,250 /£17,000

What you should know about this course

  • We have research rich communities across the partnership
  • We champion reading for pleasure with a focus on social justice
  • You will be recruited as a trainee and based mainly in one of our Delivery Partners, so you will become a valuable part of a school team from the start
  • Our courses are representative of the students we teach and the communities we serve
  • We develop local teachers who teach with passion and purpose for the empowerment of the children.

Delivery partners

Mosaic Schools Learning Trust

What you will study

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Understanding Behaviour and Learning (20 credits)
  • Curriculum Pedagogies (20 credits)
  • Progression and Assessment (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice (0 credits)
  • Professional Practice 2 (0 credits)
  • Professional Practice 3 (0 credits)

About the course team

When you join us, you will be taught by an experienced team of experts with an academic, research and primary school background. This includes academics from a range of disciplines and recent head teachers and teachers. The University of Greenwich has a long history in education and our academics are experts in their respective fields committed to sharing their expertise with aspiring teachers.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should have:

  • Entry requirements for programmes leading to QTS* are determined by the ITT Accreditation criteria available through the Department for Education.
    *The University of Derby has co designed and accredited the curriculum and will recommend QTS and the University of Greenwich will make the academic award.
  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification.
  • For entry on to any Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme, there is a minimum requirement nationally of a Grade C (Grade 4) or above in English Language, science, and mathematics at GCSE). There are a range of equivalencies, and you should check with the School Direct admissions team.
  • Candidates are also required to demonstrate suitability to teach through an interview which assesses personal and academic qualities, use of Standard English, and health and physical capacity to teach.
  • DBS and Health check required.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses. If you cannot find your country on this list, please contact

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How you will learn


This school-based PGCE in Primary teacher training aims to enable trainees who have previously gained a degree qualification at Level 6 to transfer knowledge and skills into primary settings in order to gain QTS*. However, to become evidence-informed, problem-solving practitioners they need a sound theoretical underpinning which provided by the Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Level 7 which is delivered symbiotically with the professional elements of the training programme.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages 100-110. Students attend all lectures. Teaching groups are 20-25 and personal tutor groups are 15-20.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for course work, presentation, and portfolio subject knowledge. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research. You can also join a range of student societies, including Education.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. As part of this course, you will undertake two assessed teaching placements to broaden your experience.


Assessment methods include essays, portfolios, presentations, and practical teaching in school. After being formally assessed against the national statutory requirements, you can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status*.

The course provides an opportunity to gain Master's-level credits by submitting appropriate assignments.

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

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.

Full time Part time Distance learning
Home £9,250 N/A N/A
International £17,000 N/A N/A

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from £126.35 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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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.

EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

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

Financial support

Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies (estimate, £150 per year).

Placements: you are expected to pay for your transport to your placements during the year.

University of Greenwich sets and receives fees, delivers the programme, provides wellbeing support, and makes the academic award. University of Derby co-designs and accredits the curriculum, and recommends the QTS award.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in two primary schools, with intensive training placements for an additional four weeks where you will focus on core elements of practice. 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.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

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

Employment rates are outstanding and have consistently been well above national and London averages year-on-year.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews, and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

We hold an Employability Fair which is attended by Partnership schools.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics.

Support from the department

During the course, 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 students in order to ensure high quality outcomes. You will be supported throughout by expert colleagues including our trained school mentors, subject specialists and link tutors.

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you can apply directly via our online application form.

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