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PGCE Primary (Various routes)

Bradford College

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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Bradford College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course Overview

This course prepares trainee teachers to teach within the primary age range (3-11) on your chosen route; 3-7, 5-11 or 7-11 and will provide you with a PGCE at Masters level and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The course is validated with 60 credit points at Level 7 (Masters' level).

The course will develop your personal, professional and intellectual qualities to match those expected of a newly qualified teacher. Core training in College is complemented by experience working in school. Additionally, working in partnership with the Pennine Multi Academy Trust, trainees are also invited to apply for a more school-centred approach. If this is something you are interested in, please indicate in the first line of your personal statement.

Learning Methods

The majority of sessions are taught in groups, although individual tutorial sessions and whole cohort learning approaches are also utilised to develop knowledge and understanding of the full range of the curriculum. A number of sessions will consider activities that may be carried out in the classroom, on a particular theme, with discussions of related curricular and pedagogical issues.

The course is designed to make strong links between study and reflection in College and work in school.

This course is intensive and demanding, taking into account the high level of independent study expected of our postgraduate students undertaking both a professional qualification and work at Masters level.

Teaching Methods

A wide range of teaching methods will be used, including lectures, workshops, group discussions, seminars and tutorials.


Your work in College is continuously assessed.

Currently, the formal assessment includes three assignments, one of which is in the form of a presentation and related work.

Your work in school is assessed by our College tutors and trained mentors.

This assessment is modelled against the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status, as stated by the TRA (Teaching Regulation Agency).

Work experience

On the PGCE Primary you will spend nearly 75% of your course working with children in two placement schools. Each placement begins with a pattern of serial days including periods of observation, work with small groups of children and the completion of school-based tasks. Serial days lead to blocks of practice with whole classes.

Next steps

The PGCE is one of the courses of Initial Teacher Training offered within the College and will equip you to work as a qualified teacher within a primary setting. We emphasise the understanding of teaching in a diverse society by preparing you to teach in a range of contexts. Your future career will be built on a solid foundation of the highest academic standards of teaching and learning – as many of our teaching staff are experts in their fields.

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University information

Bradford College

  • Campus address

    Bradford College, Great Horton Road, Bradford, Bradford, BD7 1AY, England

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