Gain the experience, opportunity and knowledge to work in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in infant, junior and primary schools with the PGCE Primary Education.
Our Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach children aged five to 11.
We are ranked 7th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University Guide 2021). Reading's Institute of Education boasts award-wining tutors and consistently high graduate employment rates, and is recognised by Ofsted for "outstanding support and pastoral care".
If you wish to specialise in a particular subject, area or phase, you can apply to one of our four specialist PGCE Primary pathways:
You will be taught by a diverse and incredibly experienced community of academics, benefiting from their expertise and experiences in a wide range of educational settings and learning environments.
On the course you will develop teaching skills and techniques as well as acquire curriculum knowledge and understanding within a broad and relevant theoretical framework.
Your teaching responsibilities increase gradually during the year. You will experience inspirational teaching, individualised support and high-quality phonics preparation, and will benefit from strong links between schools and the University.
Learning takes place through a series of lectures,, practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge. Sessions may include:
participating in workshop style sessions with your peers
attending presentations by subject experts
working on tasks in groups
having individual tutorials
visits to schools or other education settings
visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest
writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies
Alongside the University tutors, you will be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.
Placements enable you to develop the skills and knowledge valued and desired by employers - you will build your confidence in the classroom and gain practical teaching experience. Placements also provide you with the opportunity to connect with potential employers and build your professional network.
You will have plenty of opportunities throughout your PGCE to apply your developing skills to real-life settings. We have strong partnerships with over 300 local schools and are renowned for our relationships with these partner schools.
It is a testament to the strength of our partnerships and the regard in which our graduates are held, that most schools in Berkshire employ at least one graduate of the Institute of Education.
The Institute of Education is based in our historic London Road campus, which has undergone a £30 million refurbishment of the classical Oxford-cloistered quadrangle to create a dedicated, purpose-built world-class education centre.
We have created dedicated spaces for the teaching of specialist subjects such as music, PE, drama, the sciences, ICT, and art, including:
musical studios, including an electronic drum kit room and a recording studio
well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practise of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media
studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk-screen.
Alongside these fantastic facilities you will also find places to eat and drink as well as plenty of green space.
The Learning Hub
We have an incredible collection of teaching resources housed in the Learning Hub. A treasure trove for teachers, the Learning Hub contains every type of teaching aid imaginable for loan or for reference, from big books to puppets. A printing and binding facility, and technical equipment library are also available for your use.
The quality of our research was recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, which placed the Institute of Education in the top quartile of Education departments in the UK. Over 80% of our research publications were rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research on educational policy and practice in first and second language education was judged to be world leading.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).
Entry requirements: You are normally required to have at least a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent from a university outside the UK.
You will need to have achieved Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject, or equivalent qualifications.
You will also need to demonstrate competence in Fundamental English and mathematics by the end of the course. This is a new DfE requirement which replaces the QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy.
If you accept an offer with us you will also be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.
What will you study?
All trainees follow modules focused on:
The core subjects (English, mathematics and science)
The foundation subjects
Special educational needs
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £TBC (Fees to be confirmed for 2021) per year
New international students: £TBC (Fees to be confirmed for 2021) per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2021/22 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Our students have excellent employment prospects - in fact many of our trainee teachers are employed before they graduate. The majority of our graduates go into schools and have rewarding teaching careers. Other alumni bring their educational skills to the worlds of business, culture, art, healthcare, human resources, adult learning and further varied fields. Studying with us enables you to progress in your career, with many students successfully pursuing promotion following graduation.