Our PGCE Primary has been running for over 60 years and schools tell us we are developing the kind of teachers they want to employ. This is reflected in 98% of our students achieving Good or Outstanding teacher grades at the end of their course and 95% of our graduates securing a teaching post by the end of the course.
All of our PGCE courses are made up of both campus-based sessions - which will give you a grounding in the principles of good teaching practice - and school-based placements, giving you the chance to apply your knowledge and experience to a wide range of classroom situations. These placements will be in contrasting schools to provide you with a broad range of experience; they could be in city, suburban or rural schools, in the independent or state sector.
The PGCE Primary course prepares you to teach across the full range of the Primary Curriculum. We will introduce you to the wider context of teaching, including responding to diversity in schools and the inclusion of Special Needs Education, as well as equipping you with classroom management and planning skills.
By the end of the course you will meet the required professional standards for Qualified Teachers Status (QTS) and will be awarded a University of Leicester PGCE. Our strong ethos of reflective practice will prepare you well for your future career in teaching.
We offer four different routes:
- Age 3-7: Lower Primary (X124)
- Age 5-11: Primary (X174)
- Age 5-11: Primary with Mathematics (X00G)
Lower Primary or Primary?
If you choose Lower Primary you will specialise in Foundation and Key Stage 1, whereas Primary focuses on Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Lower Primary or Primary with Mathematics?
If you choose one of these specialist routes you will study the same things as other PGCE students but you will also develop specific expertise in teaching in the early years or Maths, with a view to potentially becoming a subject leader. The Primary with Maths course cover Key Stage 1 and 2.
You will be required to select a specialism at the beginning of your PGCE. In addition to Maths and Lower Primary, other options may include Inclusion, Science, and English (subject to availability)
Not sure which PGCE route is right for you? Have a look at our Routes into Teaching pages to find out more about PGCE, School Direct and SCITT routes, including the dates of regular events we hold.
Alongside this ‘University-led’ PGCE, we work in partnership with schools across the region to offer a School Direct Primary PGCE.