University of Chester
Primary Education (3-11) [CaBan Partnership] (3CTL)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

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

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

This brand new, exciting and innovative course has been co-created with our Lead Partner Schools in Wales and Bangor University. It is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of how children learn, and aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to develop as a creative and innovative teacher.

The CaBan (Chester and Bangor) Partnership builds on our shared rich history of developing highly skilled and knowledgeable teachers. This course, which has been designed in full collaboration with our Lead Schools, is both practically rigorous and academically challenging. You will be supported to develop a critical appreciation of how educational research informs practice and impacts on the learning and well-being of primary-aged children. Through dedicated commitment to the course, you will be very well equipped for a career within the teaching profession.

Professional and academic learning takes place within University and partnership settings in lectures, seminars, practical workshops, tutorials and through innovative practices such as ‘quality teaching rounds’.

You will be expected to be proactive in your approach to learning and to engage in professional dialogue with your peers, tutors and teachers in school. The emphasis will be on providing a constructive learning environment in which appropriate skills and knowledge for your future career can be fostered.

The School Experience module focuses on enabling you to develop confidence to teach groups and classes of children both collaboratively and independently. You will do this through observing and working alongside experienced teachers. Throughout the year, you will reflect on your practice in relation to:

  • pedagogy – the art and science of teaching, with a focus on securing the best outcomes for children
  • collaboration – professional working relationships with peers and teaching colleagues
  • innovation – the ways in which you seek to move pedagogy forward
  • leadership – of learning in and outside the classroom
  • professional learning – your openness to be the best teacher that you can.

Whether a fluent Welsh speaker or a complete beginner, there will be opportunities throughout the course to learn Welsh or enhance your existing language skills.

Academic learning is assessed through a variety of assignments and directed activities which will support your use of research to inform practice, as well as developing your ability to undertake research of your own within the school setting.

The School Experience module is assessed against the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership.

How school placements work

We have a range of high-quality schools and settings that we partner with. The schools you will be teaching in are selected on the basis of their ability to offer:

  • good support to trainee teachers; and
  • an Estyn report that shows ‘Good’ teaching is in place.

The age range you will be teaching will be 3 to 11 years old.

You will have a minimum of two mainstream placements, as well as additional enrichment placements.

Your travel from home to your school will take no more (and usually less) than 1 hour 15 minutes.


The course fees for 2020 – 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

Fees for this course are set by the Welsh Government. By way of example only, the fee for a PGCE in 2018-2019 (current year) was set at £9,000.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

A number of financial incentives are available. For the PGCE Primary course, the current incentive applies to those with 1st class honours degrees and/or Master’s/PhDs and is £3,000.

Please note that financial incentives are subject to change each year. Please refer to the following website for current details: Teacher Training Incentives



Applicants will normally:

  • hold or be expected to gain a minimum 2:1 honours degree (2:2s are considered)
  • have GCSE grade B in English Language and Mathematics and grade C in Science
  • have to fulfil pre-course entry tests as determined by the Education Workforce Council (EWC).

Other requirements

Applicants will normally:

  • satisfy the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check made through the University.

About the training provider

The University of Chester is an outstanding provider of teacher education, and one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK. We started teacher training in 1839, and since then the University has developed and evolved to the modern, innovative institution it is today, with a well-deserved reputation for the quality of its education.

Our Faculty of Education and Children’s Services has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ status in its most recent Ofsted report (Ofsted Report 2016), for its secondary programmes and all 3-7 and 5-11 primary/primary-early years programmes. The Faculty has extensive links to schools within the region, and offer a huge range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development courses for those involved or interested in education, teaching and children’s services.

Students can benefit from a range of subject specific facilities designed to bring learning to life; high-quality learning facilities and an on-campus library, housing an extensive collection of books and journals, as well as computer suites and multi-media rooms.

Our experienced team of staff work hard to help you realise your potential through a variety of teaching methods, including practice placements. So whether you’re studying as part of your career development, or retraining towards a new career, our staff and on-campus facilities aim to provide you with a safe and professional environment to hone your skills.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disability and Inclusion look to fully support all types of disabilities or impairments on a case by case basis to ensure the individual’s needs are reviewed accordingly. We endeavour to provide an inclusive learning and teaching environment, in which all students can achieve their potential. This inclusive environment looks at the way in which courses are run, the accessibility of resources and materials, assessment types and support available with professional placements. Examples of inclusive practice would include accessible buildings, lecture information being made available two days prior to learning, presentations being consistent and easy to follow (colours, text formats etc.) and optional study skills seminars or sessions that students can attend.

We are very aware of the complex needs some students may have, such as students with mobility difficulties or visual impairments. We are able to advise these students on the support available through government organisations and specific reasonable adjustments the University are able to put in place, if barriers to learning are still present. Examples could include accessible formats for reading materials, text to speech software, extra time in examinations, alternative seating, ground floor lectures or height adjustment desks.

Student Futures Support pride their selves on the quality of the support that they provide students.

Contact details

Riverside Campus
Castle Drive


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