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University of Northampton Primary (5-11) (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

This programme will develop highly employable and reflective teachers capable of transforming lives, and inspiring and leading change in schools. Throughout the PGCE Primary programme you will be enhancing your subject and pedagogic knowledge in order to become a creative, dynamic and innovative teacher.

Overall there are five modules; three placement modules and two modules at Level 7. The two modules at Level 7 are Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Professional Studies. These are taught at our purpose built Waterside Campus by experienced and expert tutors and address the ITT Core Content Framework, National Curriculum coverage and national priorities in primary education. Over the year, there are blocks of centre-based Learning Events and three school-based training experiences (placements). There are two assignments, which are linked to the Level 7 modules.

The University of Northampton has an extensive School Experience Library which is an excellent resource offered specifically to trainee teachers to enhance their classroom practice.

School placements

The University of Northampton works in partnership with over 150 schools. The PGCE programme includes three school-based training experiences (placements) and the normal pattern is referred to as ABA where the autumn term and summer term are based in school A in the same class and the spring term in school B in the alternative key stage. The age range is 5-11.

In each placement you will have a trained mentor who will support you to develop the skills required to be a primary school teacher.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants must hold an honours degree from a UK University (or recognised equivalent) and the classification should be a 2:2 or above. You will need to have GCSE passes at grade C/4 in English language, mathematics and science, or recognised equivalent.* 

  • If you are considering taking a GCSE equivalency test please contact Admissions for advice prior to your application.

Personal qualities

To be considered for entry for the PGCE, prospective candidates must have the necessary personal attributes, meet the entry requirements required by the Teacher Regulation Agency for schools, provide suitable references to support their academic qualifications and/or their prior experiences.

Personal attributes include:

*commitment to working with children and making a difference to their progress

  • personal organisation and time management skills
  • ability to work with others and respond to advice
  • competent use of standard spoken English.

Other requirements

You must be interviewed in order to assess your capacity to train to be a teacher. In order to confirm your suitability to teach you will also need to undertake checks such as the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health checks.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The University of Northampton has over forty years of successful experience in initial teacher training, education and research. We are passionate about inspiring change which transforms the lives of children and young people both in the UK and internationally.

Initial teacher training (ITT) programmes received an Ofsted grade of ‘Good’ in November 2014. The Ofsted report comments on the strongly cohesive training programmes between the University and partner schools. Individual students are very well supported during their training and into their teaching posts. Trainees are well prepared to teach the primary curriculum through Active Blended Learning (ABL), underpinned by the ITT Core Content Framework, that includes both face to face and online learning. There is a high level of employment for newly qualified teachers which demonstrates the value placed on the trainees in the Partnership of over 150 diverse schools and settings.

All students have access to purpose-built teaching and learning resources on the Universty’s Waterside Campus allowing them to develop their professional abilitiies. Facilities include speclialist teaching spaces, there is access to high quality teaching resources, and learning through workshops and group work relevant to the variety of educational settings in which students will be working.

Interview process

Applicants selected for interview will have an individual interview with a member of university staff and usually a Senior Leader from a Partnership school. This will explore an applicant’s capacity to train to teach.

It is the policy of The University of Northampton that candidates should not be prejudiced as a result of any disability and reasonable adjustments will be made to mitigate unfair discrimination. Therefore, all candidates with disabilities are encouraged to identify and/or request support for actual or potential circumstances.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Northampton offers support for applicants with a declared need. Individual meetings are held with trainees throughout the year with the Head of Initial Teacher Training and Programme Leader to discuss needs and signpost support.

Contact this training provider

Waterside Campus
University Drive

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

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