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PGCE (Primary)

  • UCAS Teacher Training code
    X121 (Early Years, 3-7 years)
    X171 (Primary, 5-11 years)
  • Length
    1 year full-time

Course overview

This programme aims to develop all the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to become a responsible and effective teacher in your chosen age phase.

This full-time Primary PGCE (QTS) programme is available in conjunction with any of the following age phases:

  • 3-7 year olds (Lower Primary)
  • 5-11 year olds (Upper Primary) or
  • 7-11 year olds (Upper Primary)

Why train with Goldsmiths?

  • We have a strong and longstanding partnership with a range of schools in London and south-east England and work closely with them to plan and implement our PGCE (Primary) programme.
  • In 2015 98% of student who were recommended for QTS with Goldsmiths were employed in schools. This figure is higher than the national average. Almost nine out of ten Goldsmiths graduates obtained teaching posts in London schools and about two thirds are employed within partnership schools.
  • The programme covers all the National Curriculum subjects, and in each curriculum area, you will have the opportunity to develop understanding of the teaching and learning process, and to learn about effective classroom practice

In addition, Core PGCE students will be able to choose from a range of enhancements as part of your training. These have been chosen through discussions with school partners and reflect what they are looking for in prospective NQTs. 

These enhancements include: 

  • Children Literature
  • Maths in Action 
  • Modern Languages 
  • Early years (Chosen at application) 

We really care

We offer personalised support and enrichment activities for all of our students, as we recognise that this is a strong factors in helping them achieve their goals. Our students told Ofsted that the response they got from tutors is  ‘amazing’, with help always forthcoming.

You will be well prepared to enter to world of teaching

A recent Ofsted inspection found that trainee teachers at Goldsmiths were well prepared for the world of teaching, with exceptional subject knowledge across the curriculum.

Additional costs

You will have to cover your travel costs to your school placements. We produce reading packs electronically and in hard copy format. There’s a small charge for the hard copy reading packs. You may also be asked to contribute towards trips and some materials for your modules.

School Direct

It is also possible to study this course via our School Direct programme. Please visit our School Direct page to see which schools offer this subject. 

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Una Coyne

Structure

Our integrated, dual pathway method of teaching means that for 24 weeks of this programme you will be working full-time in a school while being supported professionally by a system of school and personal tutoring.

During the Autumn Term and Spring Term you undertake block placements in a relevant age phase, and then in the Summer Term you will be given responsibility for the whole class. For the 3-7 age range programme, extra sessions relevant to teaching in the Foundation Stage are given.

Two modules are offered at Masters (M) level. These are Studies in Professional Issues and Research in Education (SPIRE) – a classroom-based research project with a pedagogic focus – and Curriculum Studies, which has an integrated focus in which there are a number of options. School Experience is offered at Higher (H) level.

For the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you are also formally assessed on your competence in the classroom and your ability to meet Department for Education Professional Standards including computer-based tests in literacy and numeracy which are now a condition of entry to the programme.

Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Department

We have been training teachers since 1904, and have established
a reputation for excellence in this field

Educational Studies

We see education as a window through which to view the world, and as something with the power to define who we are and how we live

As a department we’re interested in seeing what education can tell us about the social, political and economic forces of our times. And what these forces mean for the everyday lives of individuals and groups. 

We place a strong emphasis on active and collaborative learning, and we'll train you to become a reflective and socially conscious teacher. 

Teaching placements

We have partnerships with many London schools, offering you the chance to gain teaching practice in socially mixed, multi-ethnic urban classrooms. 

Support

We offer a high level of support through a system of school and personal tutoring. 

Research

Staff in the department carry out world-leading research – we're ranked 8th in the UK for the quality of this research.*

It delves into areas including culture and identity, gender, multilingualism, and youth cultures, and why we maintain a commitment to social justice and inclusion.

Find out more about the Department of Educational Studies.

*Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

Learning & teaching

A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:

• Taught subject sessions
• Taught General Professional Study sessions
• Practical workshops
• Core lectures
• Group tutorials/seminars
• Individual tutorials
• Individual and group presentations
• Supported self-study

As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.

How to apply

You apply for this PGCE through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Our institution code is G56 GOLD.

Please take a look at the information on applying, including the specific qualifications or experience you need for this course.

There's no closing date for primary or secondary applications, but we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.