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Primary Education (5-11) (QTS) PGCE



What will I learn?


The University of Northampton has a long-standing reputation in training creative, dynamic and innovative teachers that transform lives and inspire change for children.

This course is for graduates who are interested in a career in teaching. You will be trained to teach Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (children aged 5 to 11 age range). At the end of the course you will be recommended for QTS, and you will also have studied for 60 credits at Masters’ level.

Course Details

You will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that you need to become a dynamic teacher who will be able to make a significant difference to the lives of all children. In doing so, you will demonstrate the professional standards for teaching required by the Department for Education.

If you studied your undergraduate degree with the University of Northampton and are enrolling on to a full-time PGCE Primary QTS 5-11 course in 2020/21 then you will be eligible for the University of Northampton Alumni PGCE Bursary Award.

This course focuses on the priorities of the KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum and national priorities in education. You will learn how to teach, how to lead and you will develop your subject knowledge to give you confidence and competence in the classroom.

Through this course, you will develop into a highly committed, creative and reflective teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Teaching is a practical skill, so you will spend a substantial part of your course in school-based training placements within our Initial Teacher Training Partnership schools. There are three assessed school-based training placements which will give you experience of a range of educational contexts.

How will I learn?

You will engage in face to face, online and offsite Learning Events which enable you to reflect and act on University and school-based learning. Throughout the course you will be supported in your independent and group learning by a range of expert tutors at university and by trained mentors in school.

How am I assessed?

Assessment for this course is continuous. You will complete assignments for your Masters’ level modules, and your teaching, including planning and assessment, will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. Partner schools share the responsibility for assessment during the practical teaching.

Which department am I in?

University of Northampton

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
To be confirmed
Start date

Expected September 2023


Main Site

The University of Northampton,

Waterside Campus,



NN1 5PH, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must hold an honours degree from a UK University (or recognised equivalent) and the classification should be a 2:2 or above. You will need to have GCSE passes at grade C/4 in mathematics, English language and science, or recognised equivalent before the start of the course. If you have a GCSE Double Award in science, you must have a grade CC/44 or above.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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