Grad.Cert. PGCE (Primary)

Goldsmiths, University of London

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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You focus on either 3-7 year-olds (Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1) or 5-11 year-olds (Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2), and undertake your school experience within a specified age range. You are supported professionally by a system of school and personal tutoring. The programme lasts for 38 weeks from September to July; please see page 28 for information about term dates. College-based courses are normally timetabled between 9am and 5pm. For 18 weeks of the programme you work full-time in school, starting before 8.30am each day.


The programme covers all the National Curriculum subjects: art, design and technology, English, geography, history, ICT (Information and Communication Technology), mathematics, performing arts (carnival, dance, drama, music), physical education, religious education, citizenship, and science. It deals in detail with the three core areas of English, mathematics, and science. In each curriculum area, opportunities are provided to enable you to develop understanding of the teaching and learning process, and to learn about effective classroom practice. The 3-7 age range programme includes additional sessions relevant to teaching in the Foundation Stage.

Cross-curricular themes, skills and dimensions are a vital part of the programme, and thematic or integrated patterns of work are encouraged throughout your school experience and College-based work; these might relate art and design with maths, science and language, for example.

School experience

School experience is combined with College-based work throughout the programme, and is supervised by College tutors, part-time tutors with recent teaching experience, and school-based tutors.
During the Autumn/Spring terms you undertake placements in a relevant age phase. The final school experience takes place in a consecutive age phase, and usually lasts for about 10 weeks in the Summer term; during this practice you take responsibility for the whole class. This information may change, depending on school terms.


You should have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree (eg BA, BSc, MA, MSc etc) from a university in the United Kingdom. As well as British qualifications, we accept many equivalent overseas qualifications: if you would like to know whether your qualifications meet our requirements, please contact the Admissions Office.
The PGCE (Primary) is open to you
if you have GCSE Grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English Language, Mathematics, and a science subject (including combined science). Please note that English Language proficiency exams such as TOEFL, IELTS or the Cambridge First or Advanced Certificates are not acceptable.
and your degree is related to primary education - for example, English, mathematics, science, art, design and technology, geography, history, music, PE, child development, educational studies or early childhood education.
oryou studied one of these subjects as part of your degree
or you have an A-level in one of these subjects in addition to a degree.
If you do not have the relevant GCSEs, we may accept equivalence tests offered by Newham College.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)

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