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PGCE Primary Education

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When you work with primary-age children you really can make a difference every day. It might be the moment when a child starts to recognise letters and sounds, or learns to fasten their shoes independently; it could be when they're inspired by a science experiment and understand chemical reactions for the first time; it might even be the day they finally get to grips with long division.

In the primary classroom, children come in excited to learn and every day is a new possibility. There is nothing more rewarding than being the teacher leading that adventurous learning journey.

​PGCE Primary Education courses:


Both lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the award of a level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

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Course structure

Our Primary PGCEs are one-year, full-time courses structured in three stages to gradually build the confidence and knowledge you'll need to become an outstanding teacher. Each stage consists of a university-based training block and school-based training block.

STAGE 1: Introduction to Teaching (September to November)

  • Five weeks' university-based training
  • Minimum of three weekly Serial Visit Days at your first placement school
  • Six weeks' school-based training

STAGE 2: Developing your Knowledge (November to March)

  • Two weeks' university-based training
  • One week preparation time in your second placement school
  • Nine weeks' school-based training

STAGE 3: Preparing for your Teaching Career (March to June)

  • One week of university-based training
  • Nine weeks' school-based training
  • Two weeks' enhanced placement

Support throughout your training

Every school-based training block (also known as your placement) will be full-time (five days a week), during which you'll gradually build up the amount of time you spend teaching. By the end of stage three, you'll be teaching for 70% of your placement.

Our School Partnerships Team will source your placements for you and prior to each placement, you'll have a one-to-one meeting with a member of the team to make sure you're prepared and ready.

Throughout your placements, you'll have the support of a mentor based at each of your schools. This mentor is trained by Leeds Trinity to support you as you complete your school-based training, as well as to assess your progress against the Teachers' standards.

You'll also have a Development and Link Tutor at Leeds Trinity, who will visit you at school. Their role is to provide quality assurance for your training, as well as to offer any support and advice you may need. 

Get in touch

Contact the PGCE Admissions Office, whether you need advice or have a question, on +44 (0) 113 283 7268 or

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