PGCE Primary 5-11

This PGCE Primary programme at Winchester trains students to teach 5-11 age range. The programme experience is intensive yet intellectually stimulating - it involves high levels of active participation and personal and professional commitment, enabling the development of thoughtful and high-quality entrants to the teaching profession.

PGCE Primary 5-11 at University of Winchester

PGCE Primary 5-11 full-time UCAS code: X100
PGCE Primary 5-11 part-time UCAS code: 2GPP

Entry requirements: 

Applicants are required to have completed an Honours degree, with an expected second-class award or above, and have gained GCSE passes at Grade C (Grade 4 if completed from summer 2017 onwards) or above in English language, science and mathematics.

Applicants are advised to access the Department for Education (DfE) website at for general information. This guidance sets out the DfE requirements for gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and identifies the minimum academic requirements that candidates must meet to be eligible for admission.

Students are required to provide a declaration that they are 'fit to teach'. Students taking extended absence through sickness may be required to be reassessed for their 'fitness to teach'. Students are required to pass the DfE Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Passes in the Skills Tests are a programme entry requirement.

If English is not your first language:

IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) or equivalent

Degree duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Start dates: September (full-time/part-time)

Teaching takes place: Daytime

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

September 2017 Entry Full-time | £9,250
September 2017 Entry Part-time | £4,625 p/a

Total Cost | £9,250

International Students

September 2017** Entry Full-time | £11,615
September 2017** Entry Part-time | £5,807.50 p/a

Total Cost | £11,615

Additional costs

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Accreditation: Accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for the purpose of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Successful completion of the PGCE Primary leads to the PGCE with recommendations for award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Work placement: 120 days of the programme are dedicated to school based activity. This includes: 15 days pre-programme experience (under the direction of the programme); a seven week Autumn School Experience Placement; a 12 week Spring/Summer School Experience Placement; and a three week Enquiry Week placement.

Fact: In the latest inspection in 2010, the University of Winchester was recognised by Ofsted as a provider of Outstanding Initial Teacher Training in England.

Application process:  Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible. Applications for full-time and part-time study should be made online via the UCAS Teacher Training website located at

All applicants to the programme are required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and complete a health declaration. The cost of the DBS check is covered by applicants. For the latest costs please visit the DBS website at

Applicants are required to satisfy interviewers that they can meet the strenuous demands of this initial teacher training programme and that they have the potential to develop the attributes, skills and knowledge of high-quality teachers.

Applicants require two weeks pre-application experience. For the Primary 3-7 route, this experience should be from the last two years and, as a general rule, have taken place in mainstream Primary KS1 and a Foundation Stage setting. For the Primary 5-11 route, this experience should be from the last two years and, as a general rule, have taken place in mainstream Primary KS1 and KS2.

The interview event involves a range of activities and tasks, about which candidates receive information prior to the event. Applicants with disabilities are invited to notify us of any special arrangements that they may require during the interview process. Please make contact with Course Enquiries and Applications to discuss the type of support that may be provided to students.

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

Established in 1840 as a teacher training college, the University of Winchester has built on this history with high-quality and innovative teacher education programmes.

PGCE Primary is a postgraduate professional programme of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) leading to the award of either Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with Masters level credits) or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, both including the recommendation of the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Students are prepared to teach across the age ranges of 3-7 (full-time route only) or 5-11 (full-time or part-time route). The routes are organised around six modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings.

Students undertake studies in all elements of primary education; they extend their knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. These areas of understanding and skill are then applied to classroom practice during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings, dependent on the route being undertaken.

Full-time study is arranged to be consistent with the primary school year and starts with a pre-programme 15 days in school/s arranged by the student. Students are provided with a handbook to guide these pre-programme observations and activities.

The part-time route allows students to learn to teach over a period of two years. The programme experience involves a combination of campus-based taught sessions, distance learning and school-based experience. The school experience placements are completed by students on a full-time basis.

Teaching placements are predominantly in Hampshire primary schools, but this geographical area often extends to Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Surrey. Students also have the opportunity to take one of their placements in East London or the Isle of Wight. Students on the 5-11 route with suitable pre-programme experience may take one placement in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) setting.

All students are allocated a personal tutor to support their progress through the programme. Progress is tracked both academically and in terms of the Teachers' Standards (Department for Education 2012), which are a required part of professional training.

Core Modules:

  • Professional Theory and Practice
  • Assessed Placement 1
  • An Introduction into the Curriculum
  • Personalised Learning
  • Exploring the Curriculum
  • Assessed Placement 2

Tutors with extensive experience and expertise of primary phase education support student learning through a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and number of technological channels including online discussion forums.

Attendance regulations

There is a requirement for students to complete 120 days in school - students cannot be recommended for QTS unless we have evidence that they have completed these days. The penalty for not completing 120 days in school is that they cannot be recommended for QTS but students can still receive the academic award. For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library 

Programme Leader:

Part-time Route Leader:

Modules are assessed either by assignment or by achievement of success against the Teachers' Standards (Department for Education 2012). Assignments are varied to capture students' differing strengths and include essays, presentations and practitioner enquiry reports. Feedback is given with all assignments in order that students can improve their academic writing as the programme progresses. School placements are assessed through graded observations measured against the Teachers' Standards (Department of Education 2012). The observations include detailed feedback, usually made by the class teacher and a university link-tutor mentor.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

The PGCE Primary programme at the University of Winchester has a high employability rate, with many students securing their first teaching posts in our partnership schools.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Application enquiries can be made to the Admissions Tutor at

Programme Leaders full-time:
Clare Tope or Paul Key
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827583 or +44 (0) 1962 827530
Email: or

Programme Leader part-time: Elizabeth Burgin
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827130

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

The PGCE programmes use the UCAS application system, so UCAS deadlines apply. Find out more at

 Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information click here.

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