Brunel University London
Primary (5-11) (X100)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

The PGCE is an intensive programme, which combines an exploration of principles and methods of teaching and learning with practical school-based teaching placements. It lasts for 36 weeks from early September to late June.

The Primary programme prepares you to work with pupils aged 5-11. At the heart of our programmes is a vision that our student teachers’ teaching will impact positively on pupil progress over time in schools and that our Partnership activities with schools will contribute to school improvement.

The PGCE Primary course is structured around three modules, which share a generic General Professional Education (GPE) component. The GPE programme involves an enquiry based learning approach, which combines taught sessions with independent professional learning activities (PLAs). These PLAs require independent research, which is either school-related or school-based.

The three PGCE modules are:

  • Education Studies I

Covers the following GPE themes:

  • Professionalism, values and reflective practice;
  • Safeguarding, child protection and e-safety;
  • Understanding curriculum and the National Curriculum;
  • Supporting learners, learning and effective behaviour management;

•Inclusive education, with a specific focus on supporting pupils with SEND and SEBD;

  • Effective planning and teaching to promote pupil progress;
  • Assessment and its role in promoting effective learning.
  • Applying for your first post;
  • Understanding data analysis to support effective teaching and learning;
  • Behaviour for learning and the wider professional responsibilities of the subject teacher;
  • Safeguarding.
  • Education Studies II

Aims to develop understanding of the learning, teaching and assessment of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 & 2, in the Core (English, Mathematics and Science) and Foundation subjects (Computing, Physical Education, History, Geography, Religious Education, Art and Music).

The primary focus will be on developing approaches to maximise the impact you can make on pupil progress (TS2). This module focuses on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and ways to meet the differentiated needs of a range of pupils in relation to theoretical perspectives and real-life classroom applications and strategies are addressed.

  • Education Studies III (Curriculum Enhancement)

This unique module aims to develop curriculum expertise in the chosen area, whereby student teachers can:

  • research and develop innovative skills and projects within the context of their curriculum enhancement study and school setting;
  • apply the skills and principles of highly effective planning, teaching and assessment principles of National Curriculum focus areas
  • explore and develop skills in ‘specialised’ cross-curricula approaches.

How school placements work

School-based professional learning is a compulsory element of all programmes leading to a recommendation for QTS. The course involves the statutory requirement of at least 120 days of school experience in the form of block school placements undertaken in at least two different contexts.

Our current partnership schools are mainly located in the West London area and adjoining Home Counties. We have developed close links with a number of very good schools over a number of years, and offer placements within carefully chosen schools that provide an appropriate professional learning experience. The ethnic and cultural diversity of the schools we work with is a distinctive aspect of our provision and we are equally proud of the diversity of our student teacher cohort, who reflect the communities in which many of them go on to work as teachers.

We also offer student teachers the opportunity to experience placements in alternative settings, which include special schools and Pupil Referral Units (PRUs). This further demonstrates our commitment to preparing teachers to work with young people in a diverse range of educational contexts.

You will be allocated a school-based mentor, selected for their experience and expertise, who will be there to help you develop and learn while you are on placement. The importance of this person should not be underestimated. Teaching is a very challenging profession and with the help of your school-based mentor and your University tutor we aim to make sure that you have support every step of the way, encouraging reflection and development.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £15,400

Fees for 2019/20 entry

  • UK/EU students full-time: £6,170 (Schools Direct); £9,250 (Core)
  • International students: £15,400 full-time
  • UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
  • Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Brunel offers the following Postgraduate Scholarships, prizes and further fee reductions:

• Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship – 15% tuition fee discount, plus additional 15% if a Brunel Graduate. No application is required. Brunel will automatically assess your suitability in the summer

• PGCE Access Scholarship - £2,500 with no application required. Brunel will automatically assess your suitability in the summer.

For full terms and conditions please visit the scholarships page on our website:



  • An undergraduate or postgraduate degree, normally 2.2 classification or above in preparation for Masters level professional study.
  • English, Maths and Science grades A* to C, or equivalent, at GCSE level.
  • Passed the required Skills Tests. We will accept applications for our PGCE courses prior to completion of the NCTL Skills Tests. However, if you are offered a place and have yet to meet the requirements of passing the Skills Tests, then your offer will be conditional based on passing these tests by a date specified in your offer email.

Personal qualities

  • Modules within your degree course which should provide a foundation of preparatory knowledge for your subject area;
  • An informed personal philosophy on the aims of your subject area, drawing on relevant reading and research;
  • An understanding of statutory requirements for your subject area within the state school sector;
  • An awareness of recent government policy or initiatives in education and your subject area
  • Recent and relevant experience of state school education in England;
  • The ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written English.

Other requirements

We ensure that all student teachers have been subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks, including a check against of the children’s barred list.

We undertake our responsibility to ensure that the student teachers are not, therefore, disqualified from childcare or that the student teacher has obtained a childcare disqualification waiver from Ofsted.

The DBS application will cost £51.86 (this amount may be subject to change) and the University will send further instructions as part of the admissions process. Further guidance can be found here, alternatively email

About the training provider

Education at Brunel: Ranked 2nd in London (Guardian League Table 2019) and an outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Education (Ofsted, 2015).

Education at Brunel offers an unrivalled experience for developing education professional or for your education training.

We are one of the longest established Education departments in the country and leading research centre for work in supportive education. We regularly receive high ratings from the UK's leading benchmarks such as Ofsted.

All our education courses have been developed in collaboration with partnership schools and the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). This ensures the highest possible quality of provision and relevance in national and school-level priorities in Education.

You'll learn in lectures, seminars, and workshops and by modelling classroom practice. You'll also learn through independent learning, investigation and guided discovery; and through observation, self-evaluation and reflection on teaching practice. We invite guest speakers to contribute to the taught sessions and arrange school visits, for example, to pupil referral units and special schools.

100% of our PGCE Secondary Education students secured posts in schools within six months of graduation (Destination of Learners from High Education 2015-2016).

A Brunel PGCE with recommendation for QTS is a recognised symbol of high-quality Initial Teacher Education. You'll benefit from our partnerships with educational institutions and local schools. Many of our students go on to work in our partner schools and many more are employed in schools where they undertook a placement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our campus and facilities are recognised as some of the best in the country for disabled students.

We offer advice and support to disabled students, including those with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, mental health conditions, Asperger syndrome, mobility and sensory impairments and unseen disabilities such as epilepsy, diabetes, arthritis and sickle cell anaemia.

Our disability advisers will help make you access the support or specialist equipment you need to make the most of your studies.

We arrange support individually with each students and the service is confidential. We only use your details, with your consent, to help you get the best support.

For more information, you can contact Brunel's Disability and Dyslexia Service:;

Assistive Technology Centre - this provides software and hardware to support disabled students. It also runs a loan scheme of key equipment such as digital recorders and assistive listening devices.

Contact details

01895 265265
Brunel University
Kingston Lane


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