Postgraduate PGCE

Primary Education (3-11) with Qualified Teacher Status

If you’re a graduate wanting to make a positive impact on the lives of children, train with us to be a primary teacher, one of the most rewarding career choices you’ll ever make.

Primary Education (3-11) with Qualified Teacher Status

Course Overview

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    Headingley Campus Beckett Park

You’ll have the option of three pathways if you choose this course, all of which lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS):

  • PGCE Primary Education 3-7 with QTS
  • PGCE Primary Education 5-11 with QTS
  • PGCE Primary Education 5-11 Physical Education with QTS

Over a 10-month period, this course will:

  • Prepare you to develop a deep understanding of how children learn and equip you with the knowledge and skills to become a confident and successful Early Career Teacher
  • The 3-7 pathway will give you the opportunity to develop an understanding of the Early Years and Key Stage 1
  • The 5-11 pathways, will focus upon developing your knowledge of teaching Key Stages 1 and 2

Your modules

Visit the teaching and learning section, further down this page, for more details on your modules. You’ll be awarded 60 master’s credits and QTS on successful completion of three core modules. 

Your teaching experiences

You’ll develop your own teacher identity and teaching style thanks to our critically reflective learning approach. This will empower you to deliver innovative lessons with confidence. Intensive training and practice opportunities throughout this course will focus on areas identified as educational priority areas for example:

  • Behaviour management
  • SEND
  • Phonics and Early Reading

This will enable a richness and scope to allow you to be immersed in the focus of the school experience.  


You’ll gain extensive training in schools and settings across the age range for which you are training to teach. You’ll complete two teaching placements in two different schools, supported by your school mentor and university tutors. In addition, our training programme will support you in your school placements, covering for example areas such as: 

  • Planning and preparation
  • Promoting inclusive practice 
  • Developing thinking skills

We’ll also provide opportunities to apply what you have learned through practice with support from expert colleagues in schools.

5-11 Physical Education with QTS pathway 

If you have a passion for physical activity and sports, you could choose to train on our 5-11 pathway with the additional specialism of physical education (PE). You’ll use our superb sports facilities as you learn to promote, shape and develop the teaching of PE within a primary school setting. You’ll gain all the experience of becoming a primary teacher in this age range with the addition of specialist PE knowledge. We are one of only a small number of universities nationally to offer this option.

Learn from experts

We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training. You'll benefit from an experienced team determined to help you realise your potential.

Why study PGCE Primary Education (3-11) with QTS at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Fantastic placement opportunities – with a highly diverse local community  
  2. Professionally experienced expert teaching team - you’ll learn from lecturers who have been practising primary teachers and are now active in educational research
  3. Start on your path in becoming qualified teacher status accredited - on completion of this course, you’ll be ready to work as a qualified primary school teacher 
  4. Study within Carnegie School of Education - in the dedicated teaching building on our Headingley Campus which will have its own specialist spaces for Teacher Education
  5. School Direct – we offer an alternative training model though our partnerships with School Direct so you could choose to learn on-the-job

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