PGCE Primary Education
GTTR code: X100
Course starts:: September 2013
Course leader:: Mary Watt
Primary school teaching is varied, challenging and rewarding. It demands a high level of understanding across a range of subjects, advanced skills in teaching and an empathy with the learning needs of young children. The courses that prepare people for this work are similarly varied, challenging and rewarding.
This one year full-time course covers Key Stages 1 and 2, age range five to eleven years. Successful completion of our course leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The course has a strong commitment to preparing students to teach in multilingual, multicultural, multifaith settings and schools in London and in its surrounding areas. Diversity in society is seen as a strength and forms a cornerstone of the programme. This recognition and focus will enable students to work towards equality and inclusion.
Middlesex works in close partnership with primary schools and settings in Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Waltham Forest, Harrow, Essex and Hertfordshire.
Teacher training at Middlesex University has been rated good with outstanding features by Ofsted, the official body for inspecting schools and education, so you can be confident of the quality of our courses.
During the University based component of the course you study the subjects of the National Curriculum and religious education for the primary age range, with their appropriate pedagogy. You are introduced to the practical aspects of classroom management and explore some wider issues concerning early years and primary education. Course content reflects current initiatives and development in education.
The school-based component is focused on two placements in different schools. One placement will be in Key Stage 1 and the other in Key Stage 2. Initially you will assist the class teachers and then take responsibility for the classes for a substantial period in the spring and summer terms. You will be placed in our partnership schools where teachers have been trained to act as mentors to support and assess you. You spend 120 days of the course in school.
All University-based modules are assessed by coursework. School-based modules are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Each module is assessed on a pass/fail basis. All modules are compulsory and must be passed. You do not have an automatic right to reassessment for the school-based modules.
This is an intensive five-days-a-week programme, during which you may also have directed work to carry out during the Christmas and Easter holiday periods. You should expect a teacher's normal-length working day during your school placement.
- All modules listed below are compulsory.
- Professional Studies for School-Based Training 1 and School-Based Training 1
- Professional Studies for School-Based training 2 and School-Based Training 2
- Learning and Teaching
For PGCE Primary, the tuition fee for UK/EU students is £9,000.
For PGCE Primary, the tuition fee for non-EU students is £10,600.
Bursary: From £4,000 (if you have a 2:1 from your first defree) to £9,000 (if you have a 1st)
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.
For PGCE Primary, you will need a 2.2 degree or above. Degrees in all subjects are considered but if your degree does not have 50% content in a National Curriculum subject, you must have one good A-level pass in a national curriculum subject (English, science, mathematics, ICT, art, design and technology, music, physical education) or religious education. Additionally you must have GCSE grade C in mathematics, English and science.
It is essential that you undertake at least two weeks work experience in a UK or Republic of Ireland Primary education context before applying.
International Entry Requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see entry requirements.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 7.0 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components) or TOEFL internet based 87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
Application and interview process
Applications should be made to GTTR – the Graduate Teacher Training Registry. The institution code for Middlesex is M80, and the code name is MIDDX. You also need the code for the course you wish to apply for – this is X100.
- If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Invites will be sent by email, so please check your email account regularly, including the spam folders.
- If you are successful at interview, you will then be offered a place on the course subject to academic, health and police check requirements.
Prior to commencing the course, you must pass Teaching Agency professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. You are advised to pass them wherever possible before your interview. If you haven’t passed at the time of the interview and you receive an offer it will be conditional on passing the tests by a nominated date. When you receive a conditional offer for a place (subject to passing the skills tests), this offer will include a date by which you will have passed the tests set out in your offer letter. Typically this date will be one month after your interview date but could vary according to the time of year and the programme you are applying for. You can find out more and book for the skills tests on the Department for Education website.
Middlesex University has consistently high employment rates for our teaching programmes. Many of our graduates start their first teaching post at the school where they completed a placement during the programme.
Our Careers Service offers you a range of support both while you’re studying with us – and after you’ve graduated.
Work placements are integral to the PGCE Primary Education degree. Our course is well-known for having a strong and committed partnership with local schools, whose mentors and class teachers train with the University. As a student, you will have the opportunity for rich and varied placements in the multilingual, multicultural and multifaith schools.