Primary (PGCE)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Typical Offer
2:2 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
9 September 2024

About this course

Inspire the next generation by becoming a qualified teacher for 5 to 11-year-olds. You'll develop into a confident teacher who can improve the progress and outcomes of the children you teach. Our PGCE Primary courses also give you the opportunity to gain credits towards a master’s degree. This will strengthen your career prospects and progression even further.

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Our PGCE Primary programme gives you a strong overview of the National Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 and non-National Curriculum subjects such as religious education.

Through this course you’ll:

  • learn about the National Curriculum, current policy, and safeguarding 
  • develop skills for planning, teaching, assessing, and managing a classroom 
  • conduct research such as a small-scale classroom investigation  
  • have the chance to work in Kenya for two weeks, if the COVID-19 pandemic allows
  • explore positive attitudes to health and well-being of children and teachers 

You’ll have 2 different school placements within Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire or the Isle of Wight. You’ll be placed as close as possible to home, but allow for up to 1 hour for travel (self-funded). The rest of the time you’ll be in University, other settings, and independently studying.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

Ian Campton is a senior teaching fellow in mathematics education. He has a lot of experience teaching in rural and inner-city primary and junior schools, both as a teacher and an assistant head teacher. He was also the mathematics coordinator for most of these schools. His research interests include mathematical subject knowledge of primary school teachers, realistic mathematics education, conceptual and procedural learning. Read Ian Campton's staff profile.

Related pathways

You can choose the following specialism as part of your general primary training:

  • Primary mathematics

You'll develop the specific skills you need to be a primary maths specialist through focused university sessions, carefully selected school placements and a programme of additional experiences.


“I have been put in great schools for my placement and this has really set me up for my future career as a primary teacher. I was also lucky enough to travel to Kenya and teach over there. This was an incredible experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Amelia Joseph, graduate

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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