University of Cumbria Primary with Mathematics (2PMW)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Welcome to our acclaimed PGCE primary programme with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

During this course you will undertake two masters level modules to gain your PGCE. These are titled ‘Building Professional Understanding’ and ‘Enhancing Professional Practice’. As well as gaining 60 masters’ level credits, the learning you will gain on these modules will also help you develop in your skills, knowledge and understanding as a teacher.

You will undertake modules to support your teaching in school more explicitly: ‘Learning, Teaching And Subject Pedagogy ’ introduces you to all primary subjects and also looks at general teaching skills such as planning, managing behaviour, assessment and working with children with Special Needs and Disability. ‘Cumbria Teacher of Reading’ helps develop your understanding of teaching systematic synthetic phonics and early reading. ‘Being a Teacher’ helps you explore wider issues around the professional role of the teacher and other skills such as working with other adults to support learning. Another module ‘Subject Knowledge And Pedagogy Enrichment’ is student led and tutor facilitated assisting students in developing their knowledge of subject and curriculum areas in which they may have less confidence. As well as General Primary you can also do pathways in Lower Primary and a range of specialist routes, currently Environmental and Experiential Learning, Inclusion, Maths and PE, but these may change.

School-based learning is woven into the programme throughout the year to allow students to grow and develop their skills as they learn and develop their understanding in university-based sessions. This may be experiential or assessed. The assessed placements are in three full time blocks, spread out over the academic year. Our most recent internal exit data has shown student satisfaction increasing year on year with 96% of students reporting the course to be good or very good.

The University of Cumbria PGCE primary team are very proud of the way they look after students. Our most recent internal retention data shows 98% of students who began the programme completed it, due in part to the care and support received from the tutor team. Amy, a student from our Lancaster campus PGCE cohort wrote “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Cumbria University. I was provided with great opportunities and would recommend the course to future teachers. I was continuously supplied with support and was able to form great relationships with all of my tutors.”

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School placements

The University of Cumbria works in partnership with over 700 schools based across a wide geographical area including Cumbria, North Lancashire and London.

As the University is multi-site the schools used for placement depend on the campus a student is based at (i.e. Students based on the London campus attend placement in London).

Schools are selected based on their current OFSTED grading and their understanding of the University’s programmes and grading criteria. Schools provide a trained professional mentor who is supported by a dedicated university based academic tutor (Partnership Tutor).

Students will undertake three assessed placements that increase in length as they progress through the course experiencing over 120 days in a school setting. Students will experience all primary age ranges depending on the programme selected. From student feedback the average travel time to placement is as follows; less than 30 minutes - 53%, 31 to 60 minutes - 40%, 61 to 90 minutes - 7%. The University places a limit of 90 minutes travel time to placement.

Further information about placements can be found at (

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

We accept GCSE equivalency tests from: Equivalency Testing A Star Equivalency

Personal qualities

We’re looking for evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying enthusiasm for working with young people and for teaching and learning. The ability to discriminate key ideas and express arguments.

Other requirements

  • A satisfactory academic (university) reference if less than 3 years since academic study.

  • A satisfactory professional reference if more than 3 years since academic study.

  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

  • Satisfactory occupational health medical clearance.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £13,250

Fees are subject to confirmation.

About the training provider

We are the University of Cumbria, where people are at the heart of all we do. We uplift our students to achieve everything they’re capable of and make a difference in their chosen profession. As a growing, multi-campus university home to over 10,000 students, our mission is to provide you with skills to set you apart in the jobs market. In fact, 96% of our graduates go into employment or further study within 15 months of graduating (HESA, 2020). If you have a passion for enriching the lives of children and young people through learning, we have the resources and experience to help you become the best educator you can be, from a personal tutor and a course tailored to suit your needs; to intimate classes where academics know you personally.

With over 100 years of experience in teacher training, we nurture aspiring teachers to develop the knowledge and confidence needed to inspire young people, closely supported by expert academics. We work with more than 20 school alliances across the whole of the UK, providing trainee-teachers with the opportunity to hone their skills in a real school setting perfect for them. Our campus-based and school-direct programmes are defined by placement experience, preparing you to enter a teaching role as soon as you graduate. What’s more, our PGCEs are informed by cutting-edge innovation, provided by our research centres. Start your teaching journey in Lancaster, Carlisle or London with the University of Cumbria.

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Interview process

You may be invited to attend an interview for this programme and these will take place with our course team. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive full information about the day in advance so that you can prepare. Our interviews involve a range of tasks including a mini teach, group discussions and individual interview.

Interviews are currently held virtually via Microsoft Teams. This is subject to change.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are committed to widening participation and provide a range of services to enable those with disabilities or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) to access their chosen course. These adjustments include adjustments to formal timed examinations, digital recorders, assistance in the library, an individualised Disability Action Plan and access to a range of non-medical help services such as practical support, note taking, specialist mentoring and study skills is also offered. All of our campuses have accessible learning and teaching spaces as well as adapted residential accommodation. The University provides a variety of assistive software and has collated more than 100 free accessibility apps for general use, and provides specialist hardware such as larger keyboards and mice, and adjustable height desks.

Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Team provides various types of support to help you maintain or improve your wellbeing whilst you study. We have a range of counselling, psychotherapy and other mental health professional available for one-to-one appointments, workshops, and group work. We can also provide information, advice, on mental health, as well as signposting you to local services in the community.

We provide a supportive and nurturing environment where we know you as an individual, not a number, ensuring you are treated equally, fairly and with respect, whatever your needs. Support and adjustments are offered to enable you to meet both the academic and professional outcomes of your course.

Contact this training provider

0845 606 1144
Admissions Office
(Lancaster Carlisle London)
Fusehill Street, Carlisle

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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