Faculty of Education

Primary PGCE Programme 5 - 11 years

Primary pupils by heads sculpture

The programme is aimed at those who want to teach children in the 5–11 age range, that is, at Key Stages 1 and 2.

In order to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status trainees must meet the Teachers' Standards set by the Government and so the programme is designed to enable trainees to achieve this by offering a balance of school and University-based periods during the year.

The programme is one-year, full-time and its structure is closely linked to the term dates of local schools, with registration taking place in early September and the course finishing at the end of June.

The University works in partnership with over 150 infant, junior and primary schools in the region to provide the Primary PGCE Programme. Many of the lectures, workshops and tutorials are provided by staff from Partnership schools.

The University-based element of the course comprises

The school-based element of the course is largely taken up by two Teaching placements but there are also many other half and full-day visits to schools as part of the programme.

Ofsted Inspection 2014

The Ofsted inspection of initial teacher training at the University of Hull identified many strengths to the primary PGCE programme. Amongst these were:

  • The strong integration of university- and school-based training ensures that all trainees make good progress overall across the different courses and training routes.
  • The high-quality support trainees receive from university tutors and school mentors has led to a sustained trend of improvement and higher numbers of trainees successfully completing the course than seen nationally.

A few words from one of our graduates - Sean Smith, Headteacher, Willerby Carr Lane Primary School

"My name is Sean Smith and I graduated from the PGCE course at the University of Hull in 1996. I previously had a career as an ICT consultant so it was a bit of a change to say the least to be standing in front of 30 children.

The course was fun but very hard work. It gave me a really good grounding in the basics of primary education. Just 8 years after qualifying I was Headteacher of a local primary school. Many of my peers from the course have also gone on to become Headteachers, so the course must have been good!"

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