PGCE Primary Education QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)

This postgraduate course is accredited by the University of Birmingham.

Overview (NV)

PGCE Primary QTS

Course length
1 year full-time
Fees (Home/EU)
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Fees (International)
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Kick-Start Scheme

All new students studying a full-time, undergraduate or PGCE course, paying fees at the maximum rate (£9,250), and with a student status of Home, EU or Channel Isles are eligible to receive £300 per year via the Kick-Start Scheme. To find out more about how these funds can support your studies and your future career, and to find out if you are eligible for an additional £500 per year, visit Kick-Start FAQs

Teaching is far more than a job.

For many, it’s a calling, a burning desire to make a difference. To inspire the next generation and arm children with the skills and knowledge they will need to lead well-informed lives and go onto have fulfilling careers themselves.

Our PGCE Primary QTS course not only gives you the professional theory and knowledge you will need to teach and excel in a modern primary school setting, but also the invaluable, hands-on experience of working where it counts. The classroom.

Whether your aspiration is to work in a mainstream school or one for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), completion of this course will lead to Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) status, enabling you to start your journey in a profession which boasts a competitive salary, generous pension and financial support while training.  

The course offers two pathways, which facilitate placements in different phases of the primary school. The 3-7 pathway will comprise two school placements in either nursery or reception, year 1 or year 2. The 5-11 pathway will comprise school placements in years 1-6, where students will work in years 1 and 2, 3 and 4 or 5 and 6.

Ready to take the leap?

To be eligible to apply, you will need a minimum of a 2:2 in any BA or BSc (Hons) degree. You will also need to ask yourself which age group you’d like to teach:

  • 3-7 year olds – focus is Foundation Stage (pre-school) and Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2)

  • 5-11 year olds, focus is Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (years 3 to 6)   

Either pathway leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and enables teachers to work in any year group across the primary age range.

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Unlimited resits – teacher entry test

The great news for those who haven’t passed the professional skills test – required to enter initial teacher training - is that you are now able to do unlimited resits.

Even better, the Department for Education is also allowing two extra resits to be taken for free before fees apply. Find out more here

Why should I choose this course?

  • Intellectually stimulating content and effective teaching methods with high quality support from lecturers
  • Assessed placements in either a primary or early years setting. These take place in two blocks - 8 weeks in the autumn term and 10 weeks in the summer term. In addition, there is a SEND School Placement for 2 weeks.
  • Training that concentrates on themes that address key government priorities – behaviour management, SEND and children who use English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Professional skills and theory to critically evaluate the principles of teaching
  • Increased career prospects through working in one of our partnership schools
  • You will also qualify for the Kick-Start Scheme  – if eligible, you receive credit of up to £800, which can be used to buy course-related materials and other items within UCB and you don’t have to pay back. 


If you are really serious about a career in teaching, the choice of university is crucial to reaching your career goal, and UCB is definitely the type of university that can help you achieve your teaching career goals. It offers great resources which are easily accessible, and the lecturers are very approachable and supportive. The best part of the course was the quality of the placements which gave me invaluable experience, confidence and preparation for my current teaching role.

Sofia Khan – PGCE Early Years

The teaching staff and the programme as a whole as well as the support staff are absolutely amazing! I was very impressed by the information evening and all the effort that had gone into that day, it lacked nothing. The programme leader in particular, was especially lovely and very informative and full of enthusiasm for the programme. I would not hesitate to recommend it.

Student feedback from 2018


Accreditations and Endorsements

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Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 26 teaching contact hours made up as follows:

  • Large group teaching: 26 hours of lectures per week. 38 weeks in total. 
  • Smaller group teaching:  seminars may be featured as part of the lecture sessions
  • Tutorials: 1 tutorial each week with Professional Development Tutor. Additional tutorials may be timetabled in response to specific aspects of the programme.
  • Placement: 120 days
  • Field trips and visits: Approximately 8 visits to outside venues are arranged each year, but this is not fixed. These visits take place in the university based part of the programme.

Individual study

In addition you are likely to need to commit 10 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.


An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • 3 modules, one of which includes a school placement portfolio
  • Professional Development Portfolio which serves to provide evidence that the Teacher’s Standards have been met
  • 2 assessed placements (an 8 week placement which includes two weeks of preparation time, and a 12 week placement which includes two weeks of preparation time).

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Applicants will be considered if they expect to acquire the necessary qualifications before the start of the training programme

Degree: You will need a degree classification of 2.2 or above in a discipline of Early Childhood Studies, Childhood Studies, Education Studies, Psychology, Sociology, English, Mathematics, Dance, Drama, Performing Art, Sports or similar. 

Level 2: Additionally, you will also need GCSE at grade C/4 or above in;

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science*

*The following Level 2 Science qualifications are acceptable

  • GCSE Single Award in Chemistry, Biology or Physics
  • GCSE Science Double Award
  • BTEC Level 2 in Science with a Pass profile

Work Experience: You will also need to have experience of working with children through placements or voluntary or paid work in schools.

Additional: Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) before starting this course. UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

International qualifications: International qualifications are also accepted, they must be recognised by NARIC as equivalent and meet the requirement for The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for Initial Teacher Training. In some cases, English Language may not be accepted from the country of origin. If you are unsure whether your qualifications are suitable please contact admissions or call 0121 232 2265.

Modules (NV)


  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Placements (NV)

Work placement

You will spend a minimum of 120 days within our partnership schools working alongside our trained professional mentors. They will work with you to build your confidence so that you can gradually take responsibility for teaching a whole class. 

We will help you recognise your strengths and develop plans and targets to achieve the highest standard possible for the children you work with and help you to become a successful teacher.

Employability (NV)


Successful completion of this course will lead to the award of a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). As a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) you will be able to work in both mainstream schools or in a school for children with special needs. Depending on your specialism, you will be qualified to work with 3-7 year olds or 5-11 year olds in a primary school setting.


hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. 

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, in newly refurbished facilities, the hired team comprises of specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of: 

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency 

Find out more about hired@UCB services


Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.

Mehnaz Nazir

Mehnaz Nazir

PGCE Primary QTS

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Hannah Thompson

Hannah Thompson

PGCE Primary QTS

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