• PGCE Primary full-time

Why study at Roehampton

  • We will help you to become a confident, highly employable primary teacher: 98% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education 2016 results).
  • We’ll provide you with extensive experience of classroom practice in a range of different settings with 120 days spent on school placements. 
  • Our partners include over 300 primary schools in London and the South East.
  • You will receive excellent training, the majority delivered in small groups by our supportive staff.
  • You’ll be taught on our beautiful parkland campus in south-west London, a short distance from Putney and Hammersmith and just 30 minutes from central London.

Course summary

Primary teaching is both a rewarding career and provides a great starting salary. At Roehampton, we can offer you an excellent chance of succeeding in this profession.

If you join us, you will train at one of the UK’s leading and longest-running providers of teacher education. Our tutor team includes expert classroom teachers and research-engaged university staff. The expertise and enthusiasm of our staff is the greatest strength of the course: in the most recent official survey of newly qualified teachers, 95% rated the Roehampton course as very good or good (2014 Primary NQT Survey).

This Primary PGCE course will equip you to teach across the 3–11 age range, with the opportunity to focus on either Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 or on Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

The course provides both an academic qualification at Masters-level (PGCE) and a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will gain from the expertise and enthusiasm of our school mentors and university subject tutors in small, subject-based teaching groups at Roehampton, tailored to your experience and expertise.

A combination of extensive school partnerships, strong pastoral support and a close-knit student community means that you will receive an excellent experience.

Further information
The course starts in early September with completion in the following July.

Due to high demand for these courses, it is recommended that applications are made as early as possible. All applicants must have spent a minimum of two weeks in a mainstream state UK primary school in a relevant key stage or early years setting, prior to starting the course. Substantial experience of the primary school setting and of working with children in a range of settings will be of advantage.

The University of Roehampton is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, students and trainees to share this commitment. Enhanced DBS checks will be required for all teacher training courses.

Course content

This PGCE Primary course is for graduates intending to qualify as primary school teachers. In your university-based studies you will develop the knowledge and skills required of primary and early years teachers. You will gain a broad understanding of a wide range of curricular areas, including English, mathematics, science, art and design, design and technology, geography, history, information and communication technology, music, physical education and religious education teaching.

During the course you will develop the skills and knowledge appropriate for teaching across the 3–11 age range, with opportunities for particular emphasis on either the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Roehampton also provides plenty of opportunity for your self-development.

You will undertake 120 days of practical placements in one of our diverse range of partner schools during the course, providing you with substantial classroom experience appropriately staged throughout the year. During the placements, you will progress from participant observer, via support teacher and sharing teacher, to lead teacher.

The assessment of your professional development takes place at regular intervals during the year and is a collaborative exercise involving you, your class teacher and your university tutor. We do all we can to ensure that this process takes place smoothly, and that there is a continuous monitoring of professional development throughout the course.

All our tutors have extensive teaching experience in schools, and many have served in local authorities or subject associations as advisory teachers, as Ofsted inspectors or as consultants. This means that our programmes are based on the reality of the classroom and the education system. Many work at the cutting edge of research in teacher education, which has a positive impact on the quality of provision for all of our students.

The PGCE will prepare you to organise pupils’ learning effectively. In particular, the course aims to foster the following qualities in student teachers:

  • positive attitudes, values and high standards of personal and professional conduct
  • the facility to engage and motivate pupils to develop a love of learning
  • knowledge and understanding of how pupils learn and how this impacts on teaching
  • an understanding of the need to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
  • good subject knowledge across the curriculum
  • effective use of assessment data to develop teaching practice and secure pupils’ progress
  • responsibility for development through self evaluation, responding to advice and feedback

National Curriculum Subjects

Primary school teachers need to have a thorough understanding of a wide range of curricular areas. We address this by developing your knowledge of the curriculum subjects and by considering how they can be taught through integrated approaches including play. Issues such as assessment, equal opportunities and inclusion are important aspects of classroom work.

You will follow extensive programmes in the three Core subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

In addition you will undertake in-depth study of all of the Foundation subjects:

  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Religious Education

The Core and Foundation Subjects cover the entire National Curriculum and the modules also address the six areas of learning of the Foundation Stage.

Career options

98% of our students gain employment within six months of graduating, according to the latest official national figures. The vast majority go into careers in teaching plus a number of our graduates go on to management and leadership roles within schools and other education settings, charity roles, policy advice, national assessment and curriculum development.




Number of credits

Postgraduate Certificate in Education: 60 credits at HE4 (Masters) level, 60 credits in Category P (Professional)

Specific entry requirements

Postgraduate entry requirements




37 weeks (full-time)

Programme start


Tuition fees

£9,000 (2016; full-time UK/EU)

£12,500 (2016; full-time International)

For further fee information see our UK/EU or International finance pages

Further information

+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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