Masters | Postgraduate Course - Primary and Early Years Education with QTS PGCE Course Details within Birmingham City University

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Primary and Early Years Education with QTS PGCE

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PGCE 1 year full time

Do you have a passion for educating children, supporting their academic and personal growth at a key stage in their development? Is your aim to become a reflective, critical and enquiring primary school teacher? Then our PGCE Primary and Early Years course is for you.

What's covered in the course?
Our aim is to help you become a committed, confident and creative teacher so we’ll train you in the essential tools you need to kick-start your career in education. You’ll increase your ability to handle the ever-evolving teaching environment, and by the time your course is complete, you’ll be in a position to continue developing your understanding, knowledge and skills throughout your professional life.
Why Choose Us?

  • Consistently high employability rates, with 98.8 per cent of 2016 graduates in employment or further study six months after completing this course (latest DLHE survey results 2015/16).
  • Over 70 per cent of our 2015 graduates gained employment in West Midlands’ primary schools.
  • We support you with the job application process as part of your course.
  • Gain Master's level credits gained as part of this course that you can then use towards a full Master's degree, such as our Master’s in Educational Leadership or Teaching and Learning.
  • We have strong relationships with hundreds of primary schools in the region. Schools are committed to the quality of experience they offer our trainees.
  • Our team of experienced teachers, who have held senior positions in schools, are there to support and guide your progress.

Module details


  • Core Curriculum 
  • Foundation Curriculum 
  • Professional Studies and Leadership

Entry Requirements


  •  We normally require a Bachelor's Honours degree at 2:1 level or above from a UK higher education institution or a recognised equivalent in a subject that provides the necessary foundation for work as a primary teacher although we will consider applications from those with a 2:2 degree.
  • Trainees expecting to take a specialist module in a core subject, Special Educational Needs or Early Years must have an appropriate degree or be able to demonstrate equivalent understanding and experience.
  • GCSE at grade C or above (or its equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject is also necessary at the point of enrolment.
  • For entry onto a teaching course you'll also be required to pass Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please visit the DfE website for more information. You will not be allowed to enrol on your course until you have passed these tests.
  • It is desirable for applicants to have spent time in British state primary schools and have some familiarity with the current National Curriculum before submitting an application.
  • You will provide a 'Seen Teaching Form' signed by a senior member of a primary school or other appropriate state setting as part of the selection process.
  • Applicants must meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Student Destinations

Our commitment to developing graduates with the skills and experience employers need means that within six months of graduating, 98.8 per cent of our PGCE Primary and Early Years graduates are in employment or further study. (DLHE Survey 2015/16).

Whatever subjects you choose, we focus on giving up-to-date knowledge. The real-life experience you gain on placements can also give you a real head start in the career stakes.