University of Portsmouth Primary (X3X1)

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 is a one year, full time programme for graduates who wish to train as primary school teachers. The programme is taught at master’s level and allows students to gain up to 60 credits towards a master’s qualification. As well as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education you will also be able to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Working with expert practitioners both at the University and in your placements, you will develop your teaching skills through practical activity and study of theories and contemporary issues in education underpinned by current research. You will develop your understanding of the wider role a teacher plays and the knowledge and ability to effectively teach primary aged children.

Your training at the university is integrated with the training you will receive in your placements, allowing you to continually apply and develop your knowledge and skills over the whole programme.

School placements

You’ll be placed in schools for most of your course. This university is based in Portsmouth, and your school placements will be within commuting distance.

You can’t pick which schools you want to be in, but your university will try to take your journey time into consideration. Universities can work with over 100 potential placement schools. Most will be within 10 miles of the university, but sometimes they can cover a wider area, especially outside of cities.

School-based work is an important part of our PGCE programme and all our partner schools have specially trained mentors who assist students in learning to teach. This mentoring programme is essential in the development of new teachers and will be a valuable asset in your training as you gain hands-on experience of practicing your new skills and knowledge in real classroom environments. You will spend a placement in both key stage 1 and key stage 2, and we will place you in schools which will best meet your needs to become a confident and capable teacher.

As well as two substantial placements in a mainstream primary school setting totalling at least 120 days, there is also the chance to spend some time on a placement that allows you to work with learners in an alternative setting. Once you start the course, we will work with you to identify a placement that matches your needs and interests, this could be anything from a special school or early years setting to with an educational team in a zoo or museum to further develop your talents as a teacher.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

A UK degree or equivalent (a minimum of 2:2 is desirable). GCSE Mathematics, English language and a science subject at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

Personal qualities

We recognise that those wanting to teach will have a wide variety of reasons for wanting to teach primary children, and bring with them a range of experiences from different backgrounds. We look forward to hearing about your own story about why you want to teach and to see how we can help you on your journey to becoming an amazing teacher.

Other requirements

All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. If you are offered a place on the course you will be subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. These checks are part of the Department of Education’s requirements for assessing fitness to teach and suitability for working with children.

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 £15,500

Financial support from the training provider

You may 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.

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:

UK students £9,250 International students £15,500

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Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice.*

About the training provider

We’re a university with ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ reviews from Ofsted for our teacher training programmes, and more than 90 percent of our graduates use their Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to move into employment as teachers. Our strong network of partnership schools gives you great links to schools in the area for teaching experience and future careers– 60 percent of our employed graduates, on recent numbers, are teaching in our partner schools.

“It has been particularly rewarding to see how my own developments in both confidence and ability have had such a positive impact on my pupils’ progress.” Rosanna Day, PGCE (English) graduate

Interview process

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. This will be either in person or online as circumstances dictate. Applicants will be given a selection of dates and times to choose from.

Full details of the interview will be sent to you in advance. There will be a number of activities on the day that will give you the chance to show us the potential you have to become an amazing teacher. It is also a chance for us to answer any questions you may have about studying here, and confirm that the University of Portsmouth is the right choice for you.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We regularly recruit trainee teachers with a declared disability or special need, and work with them to deliver the right support and guidance they need to become outstanding teachers. Through our extensive partnerships with local schools, we’ve also successfully matched many trainees with schools who can offer them the appropriate at-work support.

Contact this training provider

023 9284 5566
University of Portsmouth
St George's Building, 141 High Street,

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.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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