PGCE Primary and Early Years (Part Time) – Bath Spa University

Primary and Early Years (part time)


Initial Teacher Education PGCE

Key facts

PGCE Primary and Early Years 5-11 with QTS; PGCE Primary and Early Years 7-11 with QTS
School of Education
Campus or location
Sion Hill and partner schools
Course length
16 months part time.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

See "What we look for in potential students" for more information.

Train to become an exceptional Primary teacher through our 'Outstanding' part-time teacher training course.

  • Our Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ teacher training programmes are committed to excellence in research and professional practice.
  • Inspire children to learn. Change their lives and futures - as well as your own.
  • Train part-time, three days a week, including your days in University and in school.*

Applications currently closed

This course is currently closed to applications for the 2021 academic year, but you can register your interest. Applications for 2022 usually open in October. The date will be confirmed later in the year by the Department for Education.

Developed in partnership with schools and early years settings, our part-time PGCE Primary and Early Years teacher training programmes will support you to become an exceptional teacher.

There are two age-phases to consider, through which you’ll achieve both a PGCE (with 60 Master's credits) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS):

  • PGCE Primary and Early Years - 5-11, with QTS (part time)
  • PGCE Primary and Early Years - 7-11, with QTS (part time)

Your training will take place over 16 months, running on a unique timetable from January to May of the following academic year. You'll spend approximately two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting, for three days per week, up until the final 12 week school placement, which is full-time.

Throughout this part-time teacher training course, you'll experience a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in school.

*Please note that the final school placement (final 12 weeks; 14 weeks including holidays) is full-time.

"The PGCE course provides the ultimate teaching package – subject experts to impart their wisdom, placements in a variety of schools across the region, and even the opportunity to perform Shakespeare and sing in a gospel choir!"

Edward Powe, PGCE Primary and Early Years

What you'll learn


While you’re a Bath Spa Teacher, you'll explore models of teaching that will develop your understanding of the many ways in which children learn. Emphasis is placed on how parents and carers, families, schools and communities are key to children’s learning and well-being.

When you complete your initial teacher training, you'll be fully qualified to teach. This part time course is designed to ensure that you graduate as an exceptional teacher, able to confidently and successfully join the teaching profession and be a valued member of the educational community.

Course components

University-based training
We'll encourage you to think critically about educational research, national education initiatives and classroom practice, as well as supporting you in the process of reflection and analysis of your own practice.

You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops covering all Foundation Subjects across the National Curriculum.

School-based training
You'll be placed in at least two schools or settings relating to your selected age phase of training (either 5-11 or 7-11).

Over the 16-month training programme, you'll have the opportunity to practise and perfect your developing teaching skills. During school training, you’ll be able to reflect on your University training in the context of children’s learning environments.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be required to undertake a range of assignments that assess your understanding of theories and practices relating to teaching. These will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of the relationship between teaching and learning and the impact you'll have as a teacher on children’s learning, progress and well-being.

In addition, you're required to meet the Teachers’ Standards in your selected training age phase, which will demonstrate your skills in planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating children’s learning and progress.

How will I be taught?

We'll support you in monitoring and tracking your progress by offering you advice and guidance on how to improve your performance as a teacher.

You'll be assigned an Academic Tutor who will regularly meet with you to review your progress, as well as visiting you during your assessed school training. During school training, you'll also be supported by a Training Mentor, who will guide you in understanding schools' policies and practices, as well as supporting you in developing effective classroom skills.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.


  • How Children Learn
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Reflective Practitioners as Agents of Change
  • Research Informed Practice in English
  • Research Informed Practice in Mathematics
  • Research Informed Practice in Science
  • QTS Module (Primary and Early Years)



This part time PGCE course produces high calibre teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to enter a career in teaching.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Newton Park and partner schools.


UK students part time

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

Course fees

February 2021 entry £4,625*
February 2022 entry £4,625*
February 2023 entry Published Jan 2022

*The total course fee is paid over both years, meaning that you'll pay 50% of the full-time fee during each academic year of study. In 2020, the full-time fee is £9,250.

“Head teachers are confident that they gain a professional who is of high quality when they employ NQTs from Bath Spa University. Consequently, employment rates are high.”

Ofsted Report, rated Outstanding, September 2015

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for people with a committed professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

In addition to the general entry requirements, you’ll need a good honours degree; your degree can be in any subject. We only accept candidates with GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above (or recognised equivalents) in English, Mathematics and a Science subject.

How do I apply?

This course is currently closed to applications for the 2021 academic year, but you can register your interest.

Applications for 2022 usually open in October. The date will be confirmed later in the year by the Department for Education.

If you need more guidance, please head to our how to apply webpages.

Get ahead

To help you in choosing the age-phase you want to be the focus of your training, you may wish to spend some time within a school or appropriate setting.

Contact us

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