The University of Warwick Primary (2-7) (X121)

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
2 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Our Primary (2-7 year olds) 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.

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:

School placements

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 emerse 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:

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.

We can accept 3rd party tests from the following approved companies:

Equivalency Testing - Offer a discounted rate of £160 (normal price £175)

A Star Equivalency - Have a special offer for University of Warwick applicants for equivalency exams (all subjects) to be booked for £139 (normal price £165) Please contact for the discount code.

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 not a requirement, recommend you have some experience in schools and/or Early Years settings focusing on the Foundation Stage as well as Key Stage 1 classrooms, so that you are familiar with the atmosphere and demands across the early years. (

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £20,055

Fees are for the 2021/22 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.

About the training provider


We understand that teaching is more than just a job. We also know that you are more than just another applicant. That’s why our approach is tailored around your needs. We’re focused on getting you prepared to enter the classroom and ready for all the challenges that teaching throws at you. We won’t drop you in at the deep end, but we will help you become accustomed to different school environments.

We have a long history of providing students with the best access to the contacts, resources and facilities needed to fulfil teaching promise. You’ll also benefit from our research-informed teaching, delivered at an acclaimed university with a reputation for excellence. That teaching will come from people who truly understand about the journey that you’re taking. We have been training teachers for over 50 years and are part of the Russell Group, whose members represent outstanding teaching and learning experience. We are rated an “Outstanding” provider of teacher training by Ofsted

We work in partnership with over 500 schools to deliver the highest quality training. You will be taught and supported by highly experienced tutors, class teachers and school mentors who have national reputations for the quality of their training. Upon completing a PGCE with Warwick you will gain 90 credits at master’s level.

Interview process

Due to the current crisis the interview day has been moved to an on-line platform for the time being. We will update accordingly if this is likely to change.

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

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

There will be opportunities to meet a 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.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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.

Contact this training provider

024 761 50269
Westwood Campus
University of Warwick
Kirby Corner Road

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).

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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