The University of Warwick
Primary (5-11) (3C3X)

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Our Primary programme aims to develop you into a highly reflective practitioner, passionate about working with young children. It’s based on a partnership between us and over 400 local schools in the region.

Studying at Warwick means you’ll be taught and supported by highly experienced tutors, practitioners, and mentors.

We’re known nationally for the quality of our training and the high outcomes for our trainees.

You’ll take part in interactive lectures, seminars and workshops, and a number of placements. You’ll be challenged to develop your subject knowledge and expertise both in the classroom and outside of it; but balanced with more personalised support.

Programmes offer the opportunity for independent study and bespoke study ‘spaces’ across Warwick campus.

The course comprises of three modules. They’re all designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills you’ll need in your successful teaching career:

Professional Studies You’ll develop a good understanding of the key factors in successful learning and teaching. We address central issues of planning, teaching, assessing and behaviour management as well as addressing such issues as the safeguarding of children, .

Subject Studies Programmes cover the three core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) as well as non-core (Foundation) subjects: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography and History, Music, R.E., PSHE, developing your subject knowledge and pedagogy.

Professional Practice You’ll take placements in different settings to broaden your experience. This will help you develop an awareness of your professional development, reflect on progress on school placements and set targets for successful completion of the programme.

We will also ask you to choose a specialism: Special Educational Needs, English, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts or Physical Education. The specialism is a unique opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in a critical area of Primary education.

By the end of the course, you will meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status and will be awarded a PGCE with 90 credits towards a Masters’ Degree at Warwick.

Further Information

Interview process

If invited for an interview, you will be required to engage in a number of tasks including:

  • Presentation by a PGCE Primary tutor
  • Group discussion
  • An individual presentation
  • An individual interview

There will be opportunities to meet member of the PGCE Primary team who will be able to answer any questions you may have.

If you are successful, you will be sent a Needs Analysis Form which identifies targets for you to work on prior to starting the course.

How school placements work

During this course, trainees will spend at least 120 days in school. We’ll work with local partners to give you inspirational placements in local settings. You’ll be taught best practice in the classroom and be mentored on your placements, which will take place as follows:

Serial Days: days of observation organised by the University in a local primary school to support trainees in developing an understanding of key aspects of teaching and classroom management.

Three extended Professional Practice Placements in contrasting settings and age ranges in the autumn, spring and summer terms. For each of these placements, you will be assigned a class, school-based mentor as well as a university moderation-link tutor. Over the course of each placement, you will emerge yourself in the day-to-day life of the school and gradually build up your teaching commitment to 80% of the timetable in the summer term.

Experiential days: mini-placements focusing on EAL, Outside Learning Contexts, Transition

Special Educational Needs and Disability: a week of observation organised by the University in a local special school providing an opportunity for trainees to observe specialist teaching

Further Information


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £20,055

Fees are for the 2019/20 academic year and subject to change.

If you are a nationality other than ‘British’ selected on your application you may be classed as having overseas fees status unless proven otherwise. Please contact our International Office for advice on your fees status before you apply.

Additional costs incurred during your PGCE training year:

Travel Trainees are required to pay for their travel to and from their placement schools either using private or public transport. You will need to be prepared for the possibility of extra travelling time to and from your schools – possibly over an hour by car or significantly longer by public transport, although we make every reasonable effort to minimise your journey times.

Books Books are recommended but there is no requirement to purchase specific texts and you have access to the University of Warwick library.

Materials You will need writing materials. Ideally, you will need a laptop or tablet: you will certainly need access to some type of PC.

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.



Degree Have graduated, or be about to graduate, from a UK Higher Educational Institute or equivalent, with a 2:2 or above honours degree. Preference is given to candidates with a 2:1 or above honours degree in a relevant subject.

GCSE Hold at least a Grade C or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science. Other qualifications may be approved as equivalent.

Further Information about Entry Requirements

Personal qualities

Through your motivation, enthusiasm and passion for a subject, you can make a difference to students. Teaching is full of challenges and extraordinary rewards and the best teachers nurture creativity, discovery and character development in students.

Further Information

Other requirements

Fitness to Teach In order to comply with the Department for Education, all applicants must satisfy to the University their physical and mental suitability to undertake teacher training.

School Experience Although it is not a requirement, we strongly recommend you have had some experience in schools focusing on mainstream Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classrooms, so that you are familiar with the atmosphere and demands across Primary.

About the training provider

Ofsted have rated us an “Outstanding” provider of teacher training. The University of Warwick has been training teachers for over 50 years and part of the Russell Group, whose members represent outstanding teaching and learning experience. We work in partnership with over 300 schools and/or colleges in eight different Local Education Authorities to deliver the highest quality training. You will be taught using the most current technology enhanced learning tools and techniques. 86% of our trainees rate the course as good or outstanding.

You will be taught and supported by highly experienced tutors, class teachers and school or college mentors who have national reputations for the quality of their training. Our employment rate into teaching is high . Upon completing the PGCE course you gain 90 credits at masters level. Upon completing the PGDE for FE you gain 120 credits at masters level. This allows you to fast-track to a masters degree, quickly progressing your professional development. As alumni, our Professional Development team will support you to develop your skills through a range of CPD programmes to support your career progression. Our courses attract a diverse range of age groups and backgrounds, creating a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community, that everyone can feel a part of.

‘I got the first job I applied for, I was told a few months after starting that the reputation from the University of Warwick alone had been enough to secure the job (luckily they were also impressed by my teaching!)’ - Sophie, PGCE Alumni.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All trainees are provided with a named personal tutor and a subject specific mentor in placement. Warwick provide a range of support for students with disabilities and other needs through the Student Disabilities Team. Disability Services

Contact details

024 761 50269
Westwood Campus
University of Warwick
Kirby Corner Road


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