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Durham University

School of Education

PGCE Primary (with QTS)

Ofsted Outstanding

We are an Outstanding provider. In April 2013 we were pleased to receive an 'Outstanding' grading for all aspects of our ITT provision by Ofsted. This is an exceptional result and reflects the excellence of the quality of our partnership, training and teaching. (Click here for the Ofsted report).

We know that primary school teachers play a central role in helping young children to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects and experiences. Primary teachers need a breadth of understanding across several subject disciplines as well as a clearly defined curriculum specialism.

Right from the beginning you will be placed in a primary school which enables you to put into practice what you learn. By studying for this degree you will not only be awarded a PGCE but you will also be able to work towards a professional qualification, which is Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Therefore applicants should note that some of our term dates are longer than University standard terms.

Welcome to the PGCE Primary (with QTS) programme at Durham University.

It is expected that trainees on our programme will be capable of teaching across the full National Curriculum. Therefore, all trainees are required to take courses in:

  • Art and Design
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science

You will also be expected to undertake a Professional Issues programme, which draws on all elements of the PGCE. You will be introduced to topics such as the aims and context of primary education, various approaches to the teaching and learning process, different patterns of school and classroom organisation and matters to do with assessment and differentiation.

The programme runs for three terms from September to July. These weeks provide a focal point for the programme and drive the work undertaken in subject studies. The programme is built upon a strong partnership with a large number of schools in the region, meaning that we are able to provide a range of school experiences.

All students undertaking a PGCE at Durham University have the option of continuing a Master's level degree through our cutting-edge MA Education programme, which combines elements of the PGCE with further Master's level work.

Please see for further details of the variety of financial incentives to teach.

The PGCE Primary QTS degree is aimed at students who wish to become primary school teachers and be curriculum leaders in one of the ‘core’ national curriculum subjects: English, Maths or Science. Working with children requires dedication, patience, sensitivity and enthusiasm but is both interesting and rewarding. If you think that you have these qualities then teaching may be the career for you.

Please contact us for further information or to speak to one of our team.