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

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our Early Years (2-7 year olds) programme aims to develop you into a highly reflective practitioner, passionate about working with young children and responsive to their learning needs. 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 range of placements within both Key stage 1 and Early Years. 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 Enquiry - 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 - Here you will gain an understanding of the Early Years Framework and the Key stage 1 curriculum through subject specific sessions across all core and foundation subjects. You will share pedagogical practice on how to present learning across the curriculum within an engaging and purposeful environment.

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.

If you pass and complete 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, you will spend at least 120 days in school in addition to four weeks intensive placements. 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:

Two extended Professional Practice Placements in contrasting settings and age ranges in the autumn, spring/summer terms, that are arranged by our Partnership Office drawing upon our established partnership of schools. 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 immerse yourself in the day-to-day life of the school, developing an understanding of key aspects of teaching and classroom management, and gradually build up your teaching commitment to 80% of the timetable in the summer term.

Intensive placements: These placements will focus on behaviour, phonics and inclusion and will include 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 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £24,630

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:

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

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

Interviews are offered both online and face to face by the University of Warwick

If you are 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

(more information about the structure of your interview will be ;shared at point of invitation)

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 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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

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

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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