The Postgraduate Diploma Primary Education (PGCE Advanced) General Primary or Early Years programme offered by the University of Birmingham is designed to enable you to become a reflective, confident practitioner having acquired a range of skills and expertise.
Like a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but it also offers the equivalent of 120 credits and these may be used towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Additionally, the School also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable you to further develop your career.
The primary programmes meet all aspects of government requirements for Initial Teacher Training. We are able to offer applicants a choice of two routes into teaching, so that you can prepare as a teacher across the full 5–11 age range or specialise instead in early years teaching (3–7 age range). Both programmes last for 38 weeks; the equivalent of 19 of which will be spent in schools.
The Primary and Early Years course works closely with the University careers service and local councils in order to provide you with support for the job application process. Our success rate for student completion of our courses and subsequent employment in schools has remained consistently high.
The vast majority of our students gain employment in the local region, many of them choosing to remain in partnership schools.
More informationVisit official programme website
- General Primary courses
- Early Years courses
- 9 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
- Apply online through the UCAS Teacher Training portal
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- All applicants to the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education must hold a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution
- Normally, this should be a 2:1 or above (and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree is not already awarded) although decisions are made on a case by case basis and a 2:2 may be accepted
- Experience in a primary school may be set as a condition following interview
International16995 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 16995 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
EU/EEA9250 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9250 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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