PGCE Primary

We offer a range of PGCE courses at a Primary Education level. If you're passionate about shaping young minds at this key stage in their development and committed to ensuring all children reach their potential, then primary teaching could be for you.

Take a look at what West Midlands' Primary pupils think makes a great teacher: 

What routes are available to qualify to teach Primary Education?

You can choose between University-led programmes which are specially designed to develop your teaching skills through university-based modules and placements in schools. You also choose to specialise in an age range, either 3-7 years (which includes Early Years) or 5-11 years (general Primary).

Alternatively, you may wish to pursue the School Direct route into teaching. 

Tell me about your University-led PGCE Primary courses:


How do I get a place on a University-led Primary PGCE?

  • Look at the course information on our website so you know what the course entails and make a note of code for the course(s) you’re interested in
  • Apply for teacher training through the UCAS Teacher Training site 
  • If we want to take your application further we’ll invite you to interview
  • We will make a final decision on your application after your interview
  • Pass your Skills Tests before you enrol on your course  

Do I have to do the Skills Tests?

In short, yes!

The Government has made it a pre-requisite that anyone starting a teacher training course that leads to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) must have passed their Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy first. You won’t be able to enrol until you’ve passed them.

We advise you get booked, get practising and get passed as soon as you can to take the pressure off.

Every year there’s a big rush of people who leave it until the last minute which causes pressure on the time-slots available to book during the summer holidays. This often means there’s limited availability of test spaces.

Don’t be one of those people! It’s extra stress and can even mean you have to travel a long way to get a time slot for your tests (because your local test centre is fully booked). It also mean you leave yourself no contingency time if for some reason you don’t pass first time.

It might sound a bit daunting but it’s nothing that preparation and organisation won’t solve!

We’ve got a guide to take you through it step by step to success!

Learn more about Skills Tests


What funding is available?

PGCE students are eligible to apply to the Student Loans Company for both a tuition fee loan and a maintenance (living costs) loan.

Find out what funding is available