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Kingston University Primary (X100)

PGCE with QTS full 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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

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

UK honours degree

GCSEs in English language, mathematics and science at grade C or 4 ( new grading structure) or above.

A NARIC certificate must be provided for overseas qualifications.

Satisfactory medical and DBS clearance. Both checks will be organised by the university upon acceptance of any offer given.

It is recommended that you spend time in a school in your chosen age phase to familiarise yourselves with the demands and expectations of teaching.

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 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,000

About the training provider

Kingston University’s School of Education has a strong tradition of teacher training at Kingston Hill, going back to the formation of Gypsy Hill College (1917). External evaluation justifies and confirms the excellent reputation of the School in the local and national community. One of the key elements of our course 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 key factor in the success students have in gaining their award of QTS and the PGCE as well as finding employment.

The School’s departments are located in a spacious and beautiful site on Kingston Hill. The Centre is set in about fifty acres of 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.

The School of Education has an outstanding reputation for providing teachers of a high quality that are in demand by schools situated locally and nationally.

Interview process

If you meet the initial criteria and are short-listed, you will be invited to interview at Kingston University. The interview process can take up to four hours and will involve you undertaking tests in maths and English; a group based discussion followed by a 1:1 interview.

Any offer given will be subject to you satisfying DBS & Medical Check conditions and receipt of outstanding qualification certificates.

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

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