The Primary PGCE programme will prepare you to teach pupils of the Primary age range.

We offer a number of different age related pathways according to your chosen interest and expertise.

This is an exciting time to work with children as they encounter many things for the first time, often enthusiastically, but also with so many challenges as they start to build their own individuality within the world.

You will learn to teach across the whole range of subjects across the primary curriculum and make an effective contribution to the work of your whole school.

Our next PGCE open event will be held in-person, at UEA’s campus in Norwich on the following date:

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Programme structure

Our Primary PGCE programme is developed in partnership with schools.

It emphasises practical skills and prepares you for the realities of classroom teaching.

Throughout your time on the course you'll learn to link theory and practice, inspire a love of learning and develop as a reflective classroom practitioner.

The programme includes 120 days of school experience in partnership schools, spread across all three terms.

You’ll develop your teaching in two main school placements and teach primarily in two age bands within your chosen age range.

What you'll gain

  • Specialist teaching in different curriculum areas to develop your subject knowledge and understanding of how to put this into practice  

  • A professional development programme closely interwoven and linked with your school experience 

  • An understanding of how to use  evidence and research to inform and improve your practice 

  • Confidence in managing pupils’ behaviour effectively  

  • Opportunities to make a range of choices during the course to develop your personal areas of interest and strength to shape your teaching career.

Course components

There are three integrated components to the Primary PGCE course at UEA:

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Our courses

UEA's Primary PGCE courses cover various subjects and specialisms.

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Do you identify as minority ethnic? Take a look at The Bishops Trust Fund PGCE Bursary.

The Anne French Memorial Trust PGCE Bursary

The Anne French Memorial Trust PGCE Bursary

Primary PGCE
Total Value
Must identify as a minority ethnic. Must be a resident in Norfolk or UEA student.
Fee Type
Either Tuition Fee or Maintenance Grant
Application Deadline
2 June 2023

Ready to apply?

You can make a start on your application using the GOV.UK service.

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