PGCE Primary

Discover PGCE Primary

By studying our  PGCE Primary course, you’ll be taking the first step towards an exciting career in teaching. We’ll prepare you for the practical demands of teaching and you’ll gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), so you’ll be ready to start your first teaching role when you graduate.

Our PGCE Primary course gives you the opportunity to:

  • gain hands-on, practical experience in local schools
  • become a creative classroom practitioner, enabling you to meet the wide range of children’s learning needs
  • specialise in Early Years (3-7 year olds), Primary (5-11 year olds), or Later Years (7-11 year olds).

Where will it take you?

PGCE Primary prepares you for an important and satisfying career in teaching, where you will be able to positively impact children’s learning and development. You’ll graduate with 60 credits at masters level, so if you wish to continue studying, you’ll be able to fast track to stage two of a masters degree.

Discover Derby

Derby is a lively, welcoming city packed with vibrant personalities and everything you’ll need as a student – shopping, eating out, nightlife, sports, and entertainment. It’s also one of the UK’s most forward thinking cities, renowned for technology and innovation, and boasts the fastest growing economy in the UK.

Join us at an Open Day

Choosing the right university is a big decision, so we’d love to help by showing you what we have to offer. You can find out more about PGCE Primary from our friendly staff, and our current students will be on hand to give you an insight into life at the University of Derby. You can also tour the campus and halls of residence to discover if we’re the university for you.


Rated Outstanding

Our teacher training provision received ‘Outstanding’ results in the latest Ofsted report.