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Primary (PGCE)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Typical Offer
2:2 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2020

About this course

Inspire the next generation by becoming a qualified teacher for 5 to 11 year-old’s. You'll develop into a confident teacher who can improve the progress and outcomes of your students. 

Our PGCE Primary courses also give you the opportunity to gain credit’s towards a master’s degree. This will strengthen your career prospects and progression even further.

Our PGCE Primary gives you a strong overview of the primary curriculum with a focus on English, maths, science, and information and communication technology (ICT). You’ll also explore the wider curriculum.

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 2 weeks 
  • explore positive attitudes to health and well-being of children and teachers 

From our PGCE primary education course you’ll also be able to specialise in a subject area. Options include; maths, French, science, storytelling, PE, green issues, maths leadership, computer science, children's literature and drama.

The majority of trainees learn to teach ages 5 to 11, but some places offer teacher training for ages 3 to 7.

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.

Course lead

Ian Campton is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Mathematics Education. He has a lot of experience teaching in a variety of rural and inner-city Primary and Junior schools, both as a teacher and an assistant headteacher. 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.

“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, Array Graduate

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.