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University of Bedfordshire Primary (3-7) (P266)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This route is Primary Early Years (age 3-7)

All PGCE courses offer 60 Master’s Level Credits with placements across two different settings/schools over the year. Each week of this popular course sees Monday-Thursday being school centred with Fridays in University using the prestigious facilities of the Bedford campus. The innovatively designed course helps prepare you for a successful future as a specialist primary teacher in which you will be prepared to attain Chartered Teacher Status in the future.

In studying a primary (early years) route, you will be on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an effective and inspiring teacher who draws on broad subject knowledge and secure understanding of teaching and learning theories - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings

  • You will explore your understanding of primary and early years teaching and learning, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning teaching and managing the classroom; honing your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement
  • You will develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence
  • You will gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in settings/schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice
  • Finally, you will benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a school, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels

School placements

We take care to select appropriate settings/schools for your course. During your course you will spend a minimum of 120 days across two different schools so that you can develop your teaching skills for Early Years and KS1 across the 3-7 age range. You are based at your placement setting/school Monday - Thursday and act as any teacher would, albeit with a much lighter teaching timetable. The teacher’s day at school varies from school to school, but will include before and after school meetings, extra curricular events, open and parents’ evening and other non-timetabled activities. You are expected to attend activities at your placement school just like other teachers at the school. On Fridays, you attend the Bedford Campus of The University of Bedfordshire for taught sessions. You are a teacher Monday-Friday and are expected to work to the same professionalism throughout the week, regardless of location.

We give all our Trainee Teachers a quality placement. To do this we work with settings/schools that are able to support you fully. The University offers teacher education through a partnership with a rich variety of different schools which provide Trainee Teacher placements across a geographically wide region.

We aim to place you in a school inside our partnership area and within one hour journey from the Bedford Campus and your term time address. For those trainees living outside of our partnership area, we will endeavour to secure a school placement as near to your address as possible but still inside our partnership area. Should that not be possible, a placement will be allocated in the Bedford area.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants must possess, or be working towards achieving a minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent in any subject.

All applicants must have GCSE grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) in English, mathematics and science. Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have GCSE grade C/4 English language must have a valid IELTS certificate with an average score of 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each area.)

Personal qualities

We believe that everyone on our course has the potential to be an inspirational teacher so we are looking for people that demonstrate a commitment to meeting the needs of all children. As well as a genuine passion for developing learning in young people, and themselves, our trainees are collaborative, engaging, strong communicators and collaborative.

Other requirements

All suitable applicants will be interviewed and any offer of a place will be subject to receiving DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and medical clearance.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Aspirational partnership, inspirational teaching

Rated in the top 25% of ITT providers by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2017/18, with outstanding employment rates

Our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Partnership We are proud of our excellent reputation in training teachers, which spans over 100 years, and of our strong and effective partnership with over 250 schools across the region. This strong relationship is reinforced by working with a number of School Direct partners in both the primary and secondary phases.

Our ITT Ofsted grades Grade 2 (Good) for our ITE provision Grade 1 (Outstanding) for the quality of leadership & management across the partnership for Secondary.

QTS Secondary Phase Ofsted Report “The high standard of trainees’ and NQTs’ personal and professional conduct, which leads to a positive reputation within schools in the region and high employment rates for NQTs.” “The leadership and management of the Secondary partnership is outstanding.” “There has been a sustained, uncompromising and successful drive to improve outcomes so that the large majority of Secondary trainees attain outcomes at the highest levels”

QTS Primary Phase Ofsted Report
“Trainees become highly professional teachers who establish positive and productive relationships, and effectively promote the learning of all pupils” “Leaders share a very evident passion to ensure that they are constantly improving the provision to produce the best possible teachers” “There are strong partnerships with schools and local authority colleagues, who express trust in the provider to work with them to produce good teachers”.

Fulfil your teaching aspirations with us.

Interview process

We are using webinars and video interviews to replace face to face methods during COVID19 - please apply as normal. The interview process is a friendly process designed for you to find out about us and for us to learn about why you wish to teach in a primary setting. It will consist of an introductory talk, followed by a group activity and finally a personal interview. University lecturers and representatives from partnership schools will conduct the interviews. You should be aware that subject knowledge across Early Years and Key Stage 1 will be explored at interview to help set you subject knowledge development targets ahead of the start of the course and you should prepare for such questions.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We take particular care to ensure that the individual needs of all students are met, and encourage all students to reach their potential in a supportive environment.

The University of Bedfordshire is an inclusive and empowering university. Those with specific needs should view disability access information on the University of Bedfordshire website for further details.

Contact this training provider

01582 743500
University of Bedfordshire
Polhill Avenue
MK41 9EA

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