Postgraduate PGCE

Primary Education (5-11) with Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status

Train to become a primary school teacher. Fuel young minds across a range of subjects and cultivate a lifelong love for learning.

Primary Education (5-11) 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:

  • Train to be a primary school teacher and teach children aged between five and 11 years
  • Build your knowledge and teaching ability so that you can become a confident and inspiring practitioner
  • Learn how to spark children's imaginations and learning
  • Focus on developing your skill in teaching maths, English and science while you train across all primary stage National Curriculum subjects
  • Explore established educational theories alongside new ideas, concepts and developments
  • Enhance your studies and professional development with a range of practical teaching experiences

*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.

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 you should study Primary Education at Leeds Beckett University

  1. 92.6% of students from PGCE Primary Education (5-11) with Recommendations for QTS were in work or further study 15 months after graduating*
  2. Fantastic placements opportunities
  3. Professionally experienced expert teaching team
  4. Start on your path in becoming Qualified Teacher Status accredited
  5. Dedicated pastoral care team
  6. Teaching facility solely for teacher training courses which mimic real-life nursery and primary school settings
  7. Strong and meaningful partnerships with schools and community organisations.

* 2018/19 graduating students, Graduate Outcomes

PGCE Primary Education (5-11) student view Student Raquel talks about her experiences of studying PGCE Primary Education (5-11) at Leeds Beckett

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