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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

PGCE Primary 5-11 years


About the course

This one-year course is designed to prepare you for teaching children in the 5 to 11 age range.

With a balance of school and university-based learning, you’ll graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Hull enjoys close, well-established relationships with over 150 infant, junior and primary schools which are involved in the programme design, recruitment and training. You’ll undertake block placements in two different schools, where you’ll be closely supervised by tutors and mentors.

You’ll be given a foundation in the full range of subjects that make up the primary school curriculum, with particular emphasis on the core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science.

What you'll study

Your studies consist of five key areas:

  • English – looking at the various strategies which can be applied in different types of schools, with some weekly English sessions taking place in local schools
  • Mathematics – build the confidence of your own mathematical ability as well as gain the knowledge and skills to teach mathematics effectively
  • Science – develop your own knowledge and understanding of science, as well as the pedagogical skills best suited to facilitating children’s effective learning of science in the classroom
  • Foundation subjects – art, design and technology, geography, history, information and communication technology, music, physical education and religious education
  • Professional studies – develop an understanding of a wide range of general issues related to the profession, including safeguarding, child development, curriculum planning and assessment, teachers’ legal responsibilities, behaviour management and record planning

Assessment information


Assessment is based on a series of coursework assignments at Masters level. There are two subject-focused assignments, one for English and one for mathematics, and the third piece of work is related to themes presented in the professional studies course.


The assessment takes place in schools. You’ll be assessed on your achievement of the Teachers’ Standards. Assessment of teaching ability is based on performance as a teacher in the classroom.

School experience

Trainees spend more than 120 days in school, comprising two block placements of eight weeks in the spring and summer terms. Each assessed placement is preceded by two weeks in school to enable you to prepare for your placement.

In addition to two block placements, there are weekly visits to schools throughout the autumn term as part of the professional studies course.

Teaching staff

Fees and funding

Home: £9,250

The way your course is funded depends on the route you take. 

You could access a Get Into Teaching bursary or scholarship. Your eligibility, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject in which you train and your degree classification, or highest relevant academic qualification.

If you’re looking to train on a non-salaried postgraduate teacher training course but are not eligible to receive a bursary or a scholarship, you could be eligible for a tuition fee and maintenance loan.

We offer two ways to complete our PGCE with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

International: £15,400



School Direct training

The University works in close partnership with a wide range of schools, academies and teaching school alliances. You complete most of your school experience in one host School Direct establishment with a further 30 days in another school to ensure that you gain experience of different teaching environments. Academic theory will be delivered at the University campus.

School Direct institutions may offer ‘salaried’ places to suit graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You’ll be employed by the school and earn a salary as you train.

Provider-led training

The University selects the two schools in which you complete your school experience. We work in a range of schools, academies and teaching school alliances to ensure you are able to put theory into practice in high-quality, supportive settings.

Entry requirements

  • All candidates must have at least GCSE grade 4 or C (or equivalent) in mathematics, English language and science.

  • Most candidates who are interviewed, have, or are expected to achieve, a 2:1 or above in their bachelor (honours) degree and have elements within their studies which are relevant to the primary curriculum.

  • We also look for evidence of wide subject knowledge, a good reference and a strong commitment to primary education.

Acceptance to the course requires a criminal convictions self-disclosure, followed by a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure (formally known as CRB). It also requires a medical check.