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PGCE Primary Education
PGCE Primary Education

PGCE Primary Education

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  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

English requirements

  • IELTS at a score of 6.5, with at least 6.5 in writing, and no section below 6.0.

Other Requirements

  • Have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Complete a medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)


Course Information

The Primary Education PGCE will qualify you to teach at primary level in any state-maintained school in England and Wales.

This one year course blends theoretical knowledge with carefully supervised teaching experience. You will attend placements in a variety of school settings, to gain a broad understanding of the realities of primary level teaching.

  • World-leading’ research in Education, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • The starting salary of a newly qualified teacher is £22,000, and the average salary for a teacher is £37,400
  • We have partnerships with more than 200 schools
  • The University of Sunderland was ranked 12th in the Courses and Lecturers category of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019

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University-based modules

  • Negotiated study (Foundation Subjects/Enrichment Subject (Level 7) (30 credits)
  • Development of Professional Learning: Case Study (Level 7) (30 credits)
  • Subject Studies (30 credits)
  • School Experience (30 credits)

Placements are an important part of this course. During that time, you will benefit from practical learning and be supported by school Mentors and University-based tutors.

Your progress will be assessed with written assignments, case studies, and assessments of your teaching practice.

This course is a mixture of University-based learning and in-school training. You will spend at least 120 days on placement in at least two educational settings. Our Primary PGCE Programme is unique in its design. In addition to Assessed Placements, we provide our students with additional Theory Linked Practice/Focus days in schools. We are committed to providing our trainees with the richest and broadest opportunities. These Focus days have been specially designed to enable students to research and experience practice in important aspects of education introduced in University sessions. These include days in the Early Years Foundation Stage, KS3/4; experience of Diversity and Inclusion in school, EAL and Special Educational Needs and Disability.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

This degree awards Qualified Teacher Status, which means that when you graduate you’ll be qualified to teach in any state-maintained primary school in England and Wales. Most graduates from this course go on to teach in primary schools.

Good teachers are always in high demand. The average starting salary for a teacher is £22,000, and experienced teachers can earn up to £56,000 outside London, and £64,000 in London. Head teachers can reach a salary of between £42,379 and £112,000.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance-Single: 300 GBP/year

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