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School of Education

PGCE Primary (with QTS)

Please note the number of places available to us are based on a national quota, therefore once a programme reaches its quota nationally recruitment for that course is closed immediately. We strongly advise to get your application in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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 Core Issues and Skills 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, 25 weeks of which are allocated to school-based activities and experience. 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 obtaining 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 contact us for further information or to speak to one of our team.