Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

PGCE Primary

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Our PGCE Primary programme is one of the largest in the north of England, and recruits high-quality graduate students from across the country.

We have a talented and dedicated team of tutors with experience and expertise across the Primary curriculum, and our school provides specialised teaching provision and resources for all subjects of the National Curriculum.

We offer two pupil age-range pathways: one focusing on the 3-7 age range and one focusing on the 7-11 age range.

You may also be interested in our School Direct Primary PGCE.

Contact us

If you have any queries or would like to informally discuss your options you can contact our admissions team:

Tel: 0113 343 4550
Email: courses@education.leeds.ac.uk 


The Primary PGCE is a 38-week course with two elements.

  • University-based: approximately one third of total course provision.
    • Educational and Professional Studies (EPS): a series of interactive inputs on generic whole-school issues. For example: Behaviour for Learning, Special Educational Needs, and Assessment for Learning.
    • National Curriculum subject sessions: a series of teaching sessions focussing on all areas of the primary National Curriculum and their theoretical underpinnings.
  • School-based: approximately two thirds of total course provision.
    • 24 weeks spent in two placement schools, each offering a contrasting experience.
    • Educational and Professional Studies (EPS): a series of lectures and tutorials focussing on key areas of teaching and learning and on national priorities. The topics are followed up with professional development tasks in a school-context.
    • Serial Practice: this usually takes the form of one day a week spent in a Placement School to allow familiarisation with the teaching context and a gradual introduction to the experience of teaching.
    • Enhancement Days: these take place during the final week of the course to allow you to gain further experience in a setting of your choice and to consolidate your knowledge and understanding of the following ...
      • Behaviour for Learning
      • Assessment
      • The Teaching of Reading and Phonics
      • Special Educational Needs

These two elements are closely related, with university-based sessions designed to support and complement school-based training.


  • Practical teaching: your teaching will be observed and assessed on a regular, on-going basis to allow school-based mentors and link tutors to make a judgement, based on the evidence gathered, about whether you have met the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the course.
  • Academic assignments: there are four assignments, each 3000 words, one each for Educational and Professional Studies, English, Mathematics and Science.

These assignments are marked against Masters level criteria and Masters level credits are awarded. These can contribute towards a Masters in degree.

Lee SwiftI thoroughly enjoyed the course and I wouldn't be the SENCo I am now If I hadn't done it. I am more confident, assertive and knowledgeable.

Lee Swift

You will study the following elements.

Primary Educational and Professional Studies examines the theoretical context of primary education and the primary curriculum, and explores the practical aspects of teaching and learning, such as assessment, differing learning styles, classroom organisation and behaviour management. 

Primary Practical Teaching covers your work placements in two local schools where you will acquire direct teaching experience for a total of 24 weeks. We design our placements to prepare you to teach either the 3-7 or 7-11 age range, but you will also have opportunities to work with teachers and children across the whole Primary age range.

Foundation Subject Studies examines the non-core subject areas in the primary curriculum: art and design, design and technology, geography, history, music, computing, religious education, physical education, modern foreign languages, citizenship, and personal, social and health education. In addition to examining the theoretical elements behind each subject, sessions are also practical with a focus on topics and activities for use in the classroom.

Primary English, Mathematics and Science all investigate the principles and concepts of 'best practice' for teaching, learning and assessment in the relevant subject, and explore the development of children's knowledge and skills, enabling you to understand National Curriculum requirements and how best to achieve them in the classroom and beyond, while considering issues of equality and difference.


Mr Graham Chambers
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 0113 3433577
Email: g.chambers@education.leeds.ac.uk

Mrs Rosemary J Livesey
Lecturer in Primary Mathematics Education
Tel: 0113 3434573
Email: R.J.Livesey@leeds.ac.uk

Margaret Smith
Lecturer in Science Education
Tel: 0113 343 4546
Email: m.a.f.smith@leeds.ac.uk

Ms Lucy Taylor
Teaching fellow, Primary English
Tel: 0113 3434538
Email: l.taylor@leeds.ac.uk

Mrs Clare Donnison
Tutor for Education and Professional studies (EPS) / Personal Tutor
Email: c.e.donnison@leeds.ac.uk


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