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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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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Course summary

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

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.

If you are considering taking a GCSE equivalency test, please contact University Admissions for advice before doing so.

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 2022 to 2023 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.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

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 teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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