Postgraduate PGCE

Primary Education (3-7) with Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status

Train to be a primary school teacher and fuel children's learning. You’ll develop the skills to teach both inside and outside the classroom.

Primary Education (3-7) with Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status

Course Overview

  • UCAS code

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    38 Weeks
  • Start date

    05 Sep 2022

You’ll choose from two training models*:


  • Study on-campus
  • Develop your theoretical knowledge informed by the very latest research
  • Supported by expert teaching staff
  • Extensive placements organised by the university
  • Placements will fit around your university lectures and seminars

School Direct 

  • Learn on the job in your provider school(s)
  • Supported by experienced teachers and mentors
  • Underpin your practical learning with university study

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum
  • Ensure your teaching fulfils the requirements set out by the government
  • Embrace areas of learning and principles of best practice in early primary education across all subjects
  • Focus on developing your skill in teaching mathematics, English and science at both key stages
  • Put your theoretical knowledge into practice by completing three teaching placements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
  • Develop your teaching skills across different age ranges to help prepare for future employment
  • Learn how to develop children's abilities through playful learning and creative teaching
  • Reflect on how teaching methods and opportunities and environments can influence outcomes

*Both routes lead to a PGCE with 60 master’s credits on successful completion. There will be three assignments across the year, each leading to 20 master’s level credits.

School Direct lead schools and alliances:

To view our full range of PGCEs, and for more information, please visit our teacher training pages.

Funding your studies
There's lots of support available to help you fund your teaching training. Depending on your degree class, the subject you want to teach and the training programme you follow, you could be eligible for a bursary, a scholarship or even a salary.

For more information, visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website.

Your teaching experiences
You’ll develop your own identity and teaching style thanks to a critically reflective learning approach. This will enable you to feel empowered to deliver innovative lessons with confidence. You’ll learn from lecturers who have been practising teachers and are now active in educational research, benefiting from their practical experience and theoretical knowledge.

Your induction
You’ll have the opportunity to attend an outdoor experience during induction, where you’ll meet your tutors and fellow trainees. Through this experience, you’ll start to cultivate your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to deliver stimulating lessons.

You’ll gain extensive training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools are located in and around Leeds, limiting your travelling time and giving you more time to spend on your lesson plans. You’ll complete three teaching placements in at least two schools, receiving support from your school mentor and university tutors.

Sparking imaginations
Your training will include a focus on outdoor play and learning. You’ll have the opportunity to attend a forest school workshop using our outdoor classroom. At forest school you’ll study techniques that bring learning to life and spark your pupils' imaginations.

Your teamworking skills
As a primary school teacher, you’ll work closely with teaching assistants, parents and complex teaching teams to deliver a range of activities. We’ll give you the skills and confidence to manage these relationships to ensure you can deliver an outstanding learning experience for your class.

NQT module
We’ll continue to support you even when you’ve graduated. On successful completion of your course, you’ll be able to enrol on our Newly Qualified Teacher module, offering you another valuable element of support as you start your teaching career.

Our teaching history
We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training and you'll benefit from an experienced course team determined to help you realise your potential. You’ll become part of a supportive teaching community, learning from fellow students and swapping ideas on lesson plans, classroom experiences and teaching tips.

Why study Primary Education at Leeds Beckett University

  1. Fantastic placements opportunities
  2. Professionally experienced expert teaching team
  3. Start on your path in becoming Qualified Teacher Status accredited
  4. Dedicated pastoral care team
  5. Teaching facility solely for teacher training courses which mimic real-life nursery and primary school settings
  6. Strong and meaningful partnerships with schools and community organisations

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