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) 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 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 new Waterside Campus by experienced and expert tutors and aim to address ITT Content, 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.

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.

How school placements work

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.


The course fees for 2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

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.



Applicants must hold an honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent) and whenever possible the classification should be a 2:1 or First.

You will need to have a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/Grade 4 or above and these must include mathematics, English Language and science. You must have these before applying. If you have any questions regarding your qualifications 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
  • 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.

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/early years curriculum through the use of interactive face to face technology enhanced learning events as well as on line packages. These all address national ITT content criteria as well as focusing on behaviour management strategies. 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 new Waterside Campus allowing them to develop their professional abilities. Facilities include fully equipped rooms; teaching and learning involves using technology, high quality teaching resources, workshops and group work relevant to the variety of educational settings in which students will be working.

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 details

Waterside Campus
University Drive


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Waterside Campus, University Drive, Northampton, NN1 5PH
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