Teaching in a primary school is one of the most rewarding careers you can have. You will be working with a team of teachers and other adults to support children (aged 5 to 11) to succeed inside and outside the classroom. The course is taught by expert tutors with extensive experience working in educational settings, ensuring you are well supported to achieve the best results.
Why study PGCE Primary Education with QTS at Middlesex University?
Teacher training at Middlesex University has been rated 'good with outstanding features' by Ofsted. Our extensive history of delivering leading education courses ensures that you will benefit from the guidance of expert tutors who bring a wealth of professional experience to their teaching. As research-leaders, our academics are widely published across disciplines such as multilingualism, diversity and childhood development.
On this course, our student teachers gain a thorough understanding of the education system and practical teaching strategies before having the opportunity to apply them. Once the foundations are in place, you will be introduced to further issues and strategies each week, which you will be able to investigate and apply in a practical setting before reflecting on the entire experience. The serial nature of the course allows you to return to university regularly to reflect on practical application, which we believe to be a real strength of the course.
We are highly selective regarding our course intake, both in terms of quality and numbers. Therefore you will be training alongside high calibre students in a very intimate teaching environment
We are proud of the career-long relationships that we establish with our PGCE students
The course has a strong commitment to teaching in multilingual, multicultural and multifaith environments
Our Education department has an excellent relationship with schools across London and the surrounding area
We focus on learning in a practical environment; you'll spend up to 120 days of the course in a school setting
Our graduates have a 95% employment rate (Destination of Leavers Higher Education survey). Many of our graduates start their first teaching post at the school where they completed a placement during the course
You can follow a specialism in English or maths. You can also undertake a placement in a SEND school
What will you study on the PGCE Primary Education with QTS at Middlesex University?
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 course, 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
What are the entry requirements for the PGCE Primary Education with QTS?
For PGCE Primary, you will need a 2.2 hons degree or above
Degrees in all subjects are considered. 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, maths, art and design, computing, design and technology, geography, history, languages KS2, music, physical education) or religious education
Additionally you must have GCSE grade C in mathematics, English and science
It is essential that you have two weeks work experience in a public school in the UK or Republic of Ireland primary context before you start the programme. Kindly note that you are required to have work experience in a primary school before you come for interview.To begin the course you must also complete a satisfactory DBS check and an Occupational Health check. Further details will be sent to you once you have accepted our offer.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. We also normally require Grade C in GCSE or an equivalent qualification. We also accept equivalency tests such as A Star or Equivalency Testing.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Professional skills tests
Entry onto this course requires an interview. We use the interview to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests, and to explore why you want to study with us. All applicants for PGCE Primary Education programmes will be required to pass the Department for Education professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. You should submit an application as early as possible via UCAS and if invited for interview, then make arrangements to book and take the skills tests as soon as possible. We strongly advise that you book and pass the test before the interview as that will give you the best possible chance of success. However, if you haven't passed at the time of the interview, your offer will be conditional on passing the tests by an assigned date. Please see our page on professional skills tests for further information.
How to apply
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
What are the career options with a PGCE Primary Education with QTS?
Middlesex University has consistently high employment rates for its teaching programmes. We have excellent relationships with schools in north London, Essex and Hertfordshire and many of our graduates start their first teaching post at the school where they completed a placement during the programme.
Our course gives you qualified teacher status. Teaching is a profession with excellent progression and benefits and our graduates have an excellent reputation within the profession. Our employment rates are extremely high with 93% of our PGCE graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation, earning an average starting salary of £26,000.
What about professional accreditation?
Successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status, allowing you to work in any state school in England. This means the course is professionally recognised for being of the highest quality, focused on developing the knowledge and skills that schools require.