Kingston University Primary (X100)

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

The PGCE Primary course (5-11) will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence formed teacher. It has been re-designed to address the changing nature of teaching and learning in primary schools. The three modules taught provide excellent preparation to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and achieve a PGCE qualification.

You will spend time on a number of placements in school to develop your own practice. The experience in schools is transformative allowing you to develop as a practitioner with support from mentors who themselves are trained to help you develop your own style as a teacher.

One of the key elements of our course that trainees feel defines their experience at Kingston is the excellent support they receive from tutors and school based mentors on placement. We believe that this is a key factor in the success trainees have in gaining their award of QTS and the PGCE as well as finding employment.

The course provides professional development to deliver understanding of how theory and practice are closely intertwined using current research. The course produces independent, informed and reflective practitioners. The three PGCE modules studied are:

1) Professional Studies - this module covers core subjects; English, Maths and Science. It also includes an element called the Creative Practitioner covering the foundation subjects and linked to the two week placement in school entitled ‘Creative Practitioner Weeks’. This module also includes assessment of your School Experience.

2) Reflective Teacher (Masters level) - this module covers the importance of reflection as a teacher and helps you develop your practice in a range of key aspects of teaching from behaviour management to child development and teaching children with special needs.

3) Policy, Practice and Professionalism (Masters level) - this module examines the role of research and supports your understanding of teaching and learning to develop practice in the classroom.

The two Master level modules contribute 60 credits towards a Masters of Research in Education which can be completed at Kingston University. This can be undertaken at a later point in your career as a teacher as a form of continuing professional development.

School placements

You will spend a minimum of 120 days in school to develop your own practice. These include:

1) An introductory week in September one week before you start the PGCE course observing classroom practice. The 5 days school experience form part of the 120 days school requirement and you will need to organise this yourself.

2) Two separate weeks (October & January) in a Professional Development School focusing on phonics, inclusion and assessment.

3) An eight week block placement in the Autumn term (October to December) where you will be formatively assessed.

4) A Target Development Week (January) for you to work on the main targets emerging from your first Block Practice

5) Creative practitioner Weeks (February/March) where you will develop knowledge, skills and understanding in planning and resources for teaching and learning.

6) A nine week block placement (March to June) with a final assessment at the end contributing towards the overall award of QTS.

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 equivalency tests from the following centres. Please note there is a charge for the test - see website for further details.

Personal qualities

We actively seek to encourage trainee teachers from a diverse range of backgrounds and ages, who bring with them a wide variety of experiences, which they can draw upon, share with each other and develop further during the year.

Postgraduate trainee teachers are encouraged to work closely together, sharing good practice and supporting each other during a challenging and exciting year. Our trainees are expected to be enthusiastic, committed, independent and self-motivated and to show a willingness to extend their studies beyond that presented in taught sessions

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 £15,800

About the training provider

Kingston University’s Department of Education has a strong tradition of teacher training at Kingston Hill, going back to the formation of Gypsy Hill College (1917). We have an excellent reputation, both locally and nationally, and were ranked second overall in the UK for Education in the Guardian University Guide 2022.

One of the key elements of our courses that students feel define their experience at Kingston is the excellent support they receive from tutors and school-based mentors on placement. We believe that this is a significant factor in the success students have in gaining their award of QTS and the PGCE, as well as finding employment. Our students become effective, creative, inclusive and evidence-informed teachers that are highly sought after by schools following graduation.

Our courses are located on a spacious and beautiful site on Kingston Hill, set amongst natural woodlands adjacent to Richmond Park, yet within easy access of both Kingston upon Thames and Central London. This self-contained campus, with a range of facilities, is linked to other parts of the university by a free bus service and has free onsite parking for students.

Interview process

If you meet the initial criteria of the course, you will be invited to interview. Currently these are taking place remotely via Microsoft Teams. Prior to your interview, you will be expected to complete a task which involves recording a 5 minute video and submitting the link to the university 24 hours in advance of your interview. Further details of this exercise will be provided in your invitation.

The online interview session can take up to 2 hours and will involve a formal interview with a tutor from our Education team. During your interview, your awareness of current issues in secondary education; passion for teaching your subject and understanding of the National Curriculum will be explored.

Following your formal interview, you will be expected to complete a timed English written task.

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 welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds in addition to those with disabilities and specific needs to apply for our courses. Our Disability Team will be available to offer any guidance and support you may need for your interview at Kingston University or during the course.

Contact this training provider

020 8417 5145
Kingston Hill Campus
Kingston Hill

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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