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University of Reading

Whiteknights , Reading Berkshire ,United Kingdom


Our Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Primary course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach children aged five to 11.
We are ranked 8th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2019), and have been consistently in the top 10 for over a decade. Reading's Institute of Education boasts award-wining tutors and consistently high graduate employment rates, and is recognised by Ofsted for "outstanding support and pastoral care".
If you wish to specialise in a particular subject, area or phase, you can apply to one of our four specialist PGCE Primary pathways:
PGCE Primary with Special Educational Needs
PGCE Primary with Early Years (3-7)
PGCE Primary with Mathematics Specialism
You will be taught by a diverse and incredibly experienced community of academics, benefiting from their expertise and experiences in a wide range of educational settings and learning environments.
On the course you will develop teaching skills and techniques as well as acquire curriculum knowledge and understanding within a broad and relevant theoretical framework.
Your teaching responsibilities increase gradually during the year. You will experience inspirational teaching, individualised support and high-quality phonics preparation, and will benefit from strong links between schools and the University.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

You are normally required to have an upper second class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) plus grade C or above in GCSE mathematics, science and English or equivalent. 
You will be required to undertake a criminal record and occupational health check. You will also need to demonstrate competence in Fundamental English and mathematics by the end of the course. This is a new DfE requirement which replaces the QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy.

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Post Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 10 Month  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 16045 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
    Application Fee: N/A
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