Why study this course
Our highly respected PGCE primary course is designed with more than 120 days spent on school placement
Placements are across at least two different school settings, which will enable you to make links between theory and practice
BGU has almost 160 years of experience in education and upholds an excellent and long-standing national reputation within the field
Our academic modules are designed to complement your time spent on school placement, and are designed to best prepare you for a career in teaching.
This PGCE course prepares you to teach children in the 5 to 11 age range as a general primary teacher. It is a very practical course with around two thirds of the time spent in schools, mostly working with teachers and pupils, and around one third spent on directed study, with partnership training in the University and school. It is an integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching, combining study at either postgraduate or professional level with practical training to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the course.
1 or 2 years
Mode of study
Bishop Grosseteste University
About this course
This full-time, one-year course or, up to two-year part-time course includes both school-based experiences and sessions at the university with a strong focus on integrating theory and practice. At least 120 days will be based in schools. School placements are carefully structured to ensure the gradual development of your confidence as an effective teacher through building up experiences working with university-based mentors and school-based mentors. It is an integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching, combining study at either postgraduate or professional level with practical training to meet the Teachers’ Standards. The goal is that you should become a reflective practitioner – a teacher who thinks about their experiences and learns from them in order to improve their practice.
The focus of this course is on teaching and learning to support children and on the importance of your professional role. To this end, you will be prepared to teach the relevant curriculum subjects and areas of learning for your chosen age range. You’ll carry out a series of school-based and directed study tasks which link the theory to practice and provide a focus for reflection. You will be supported in your learning by university tutors, school teachers, school-based mentors and your peers. Practical teaching is introduced gradually, allowing you to build confidence and skills in a structured way.
The part-time route is particularly appropriate for graduate career changers or if you want to have a more gradual build-up in the amount of teaching that you do. You will need extremely good time management skills, energy, a capacity for independent study and an ability to manage several tasks in parallel.
For both the full time and part time programmes, there is a strong emphasis on linking theory and practice with the academic modules supporting you in developing your practice. All placements form an integral part of the course, leading to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by the end of your training. At Bishop Grosseteste University, our PGCE programme is underpinned by an ambitious curriculum, carefully sequenced to provide you with the knowledge and skills for you to be successful in your training. There are also opportunities for enrichment experiences to develop your breadth of experience in different schools.
Our Ofsted Report (2016) found that high-quality training, provided through an effective partnership between the university and schools, “ensures that teachers trained by the university present as confident and effective practitioners, who are valued by their employing schools.
You will normally need:
- GCSEs at grade 4 (previously C) or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and a Science. Please see our list of accepted equivalents.
- An honours degree at a 2:2 classification or above (Where the degree result is to be awarded in the year of application, we will require a predicted degree classification as part of an academic reference provided on the application)
- Experience – please see information below
- Declaration of Health
- DBS (formerly the CRB) Enhanced Disclosure
When shortlisting for an interview, we will consider the following aspects of your qualifications:
- GCSE grades (or equivalents) and relevance of subjects
- A Level grades (or equivalents) and relevance of subjects
- Degree Class and relevance of content
- Additional relevant qualifications
You must be able to evidence successful completion of your GCSE qualifications before your enrolment onto the course. Please see our list of accepted equivalents.
Experience in a relevant setting is useful as it will help you to make sure that you are aware of the role of a teacher in the twenty-first century. The course is intensive and demanding and you need to be aware of what a career in the teaching profession entails.
We encourage you to gain some experience in schools as this is a good starting point for you to gain an interview for the Primary PGCE, but experience is not a requirement for applying or obtaining an interview.
Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) – formerly the CRB and Health
In addition, you will be required to obtain a satisfactory Declaration of Health Form, or if required, a medical examination. In addition, all students will need to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). A successful Enhanced Disclosure is required before commencing the course.
If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email email@example.com.
In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, RP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (RP(E)L).
How you will be taught
The course will include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, tutorials, school-based training and will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The university-based sessions are very much a starting point for the training undertaken in schools through observation and working alongside experienced teachers.
We offer a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, independent study and school-based training. Assessments include written assignments that support your analysis and reflection of theory and practice.
Careers & Further study
The teaching profession has a well-structured career pathway which moves progressively from initial teacher training through to Early Career Teacher (ECT) status to qualified teacher. On passing your induction, your career can develop with opportunities to work towards NPQs (National Professional Qualifications), or progress towards leadership positions, such as Deputy Head teacher, and perhaps a Headteacher. Alternatively, you may decide to focus on other roles within school, such as SEND Co-ordinator, or perhaps further develop your postgraduate studies to a full Master's degree.
What Our Students Say
Discover what life is like at Bishop Grosseteste University from our students.
Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.
We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.
Fees & Finance
A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.
Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. For 2022 entry, the application fee is £22 for a single choice, or £26.50 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.