Why study at Roehampton

  • This course will provide you with excellent employment prospects: official figures show that 100% of our students are in work or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2017 results).
  • Successful completion of this degree will provide you with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 
  • Initial Teacher Education at Roehampton is highly rated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

Do you want to inspire young people and help change lives? Would you like to enjoy a great starting salary and a rewarding career?

Teaching offers all of this. Being able to educate and inspire future generations, seeing young children grow and develop with your help is unlike any other job.

As one of the UK’s leading and longest-running providers of teacher education, we can offer you the best foundation for a successful career in the profession. Completion of this one year course will provide you with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from one of the highest rated providers in the country. PGCE Primary at Roehampton will provide you with 60 credits towards a Masters qualification.

If you study PGCE Primary at Roehampton you will be taught by a supportive, passionate and driven team of academic staff who are all specialists in their subject areas. Our experienced team strive to ensure you receive the best education and will encourage you to become a confident and successful teacher. In addition to our academic staff, we also have a range of support departments to help you with everything from dealing with money matters, to support with your studies.

This postgraduate course gives you the tools to build a successful career in teaching while providing a holistic view of the profession; you will look at the role of the child, curriculum and teacher. We will also give you the opportunity to focus on a particular age group, either 3-7 or 5-11 year olds.

You will cover all of the National Curriculum Core and Foundation Subjects, examine learning across the curriculum and the relationship between the subjects in these two groups.

You will study a range of modules which will hone your expertise and effectiveness as a teacher. You will learn how to manage a classroom, how planning and preparation contribute to the effectiveness of your teaching, how best to work with parents and other adults, and gain an understanding of children’s behaviour.

Our subject rooms are set up to include resources you will find in a primary classroom environment. This is important for your full immersion into the school environment and familiarity with the way classrooms are structured, and the type of resources teachers need on a daily basis.

Two assessed teaching placements in our partner schools will provide you with invaluable hands-on work experience giving you the confidence for your future career and a better understanding of how teaching works in practice. The opportunity to review pedagogy in other schools is also provided.

All our academic staff 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.

This one year qualification will build your confidence in the classroom, your understanding of the wider role a teacher plays and provide you with the subject knowledge to effectively teach primary school children.

You will select an age group that you would like to focus on, and each of your modules will be tailored to the academic requirements or the different ways of teaching children of that particular age. All of your learning will ask you to reflect on your own experiences in your school placement with a consideration of current issues and research. These reflections will then allow you to review and adjust your teaching methods to improve your own practice.

Three modules are covered during the year: Professional Studies, The Core Curriculum and The Wider Curriculum. Each is assessed through 100% attendance, completion of directed tasks and a written assignment. The Professional Studies assignment requires a critical analysis of how children learn focusing on a current priority in teaching (for example SEND, EAL, behaviour for learning) in light of the learning experiences of a child. In the Core Curriculum, the focus will be on English, Maths or Science and you will plan a sequence of lessons which you will deliver relating to a current area of research in your subject. A written essay will then provide a rationale for your lessons and an evaluation of the learning which took place. The Wider Curriculum assessment allows you to focus on one foundation subject and plan a medium-term plan which you will then write a rationale for.

You will undertake two blocks of assessed school experience, one in the autumn term which is approximately seven weeks, and the second in the spring term lasting around thirteen weeks. During the placements, you will progress from participant observer, via support teacher and sharing teacher, to lead teacher.

Here are some of the modules we currently offer:

Professional Studies Core 3-7 OR
Professional Studies Core 5-11
The Core Curriculum 3-7 OR
The Core Curriculum 5-11
The Wider Curriculum 3-7 OR
The Wider Curriculum 5-11
Core School Experience One 3-7 OR
Core School Experience One 5-11
Core School Experience Two 3-7 OR
Core School Experience Two 5-11


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

What our students say

"I know that once I've completed my course I will be at a level to teach children effectively, because at Roehampton they ensure you get the help and support you need to reach your full potential."

Adanma Nwosu
PGCE Primary 

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

£9,250 (2018; full-time UK/EU)

£13,520 (2018; full-time International)

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

Postgraduate open evening

Wednesday 23 May 2018

PGCE Open Evening

Wednesday 18 April 2018, 6 - 8pm