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.

If you would like to talk in more detail about your options, our PGCE Admissions Team will be at the government-sponsored Virtual Train to Teach event on Tuesday 14 June from 17.00-19.00. Sign up to participate in this online event.

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Developed in partnership with schools, our Primary PGCE programme places great emphasis on practical skills and preparing you for the realities of classroom teaching. Throughout your time on the course you will 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.


  • 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.


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

Our courses

See our Primary PGCE Courses


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