PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Primary)

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The Course

This course has been carefully developed in collaboration with our partner schools to ensure a curriculum and mode of teaching that is as far as possible in line with employer expectations.

The academic content of this programme is integrated with Initial Teacher Training at one of our partner institutions’ School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) Centres, with the aim that you emerge from the course with an understanding of how academic knowledge and research can be integral to your own careers and to the development of education.

The School of Education at the University of Lincoln is working with the Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance and St George’s Academy Partnership, both incorporating a wide range of schools across Lincolnshire, to provide teaching places in a range of primary school settings.

Graduates are normally awarded the PGCE from the University of Lincoln and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from our partner institutions.

Graduates may gain 60 Master’s Credits by being awarded the PGCE from the University of Lincoln, which can be used to contribute towards further study in Education if desired.

Students are expected to attend sessions during school term time and these will either be held at one of our partner schools or at the University, where teaching will, as far as possible and within the requirements of the course, take different formats, including lectures, small group work, discussions, practical exercises, one-on-one feedback and support. The remainder of the week is generally spent working as a trainee teacher in one of our partner schools. Please note that students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses while undertaking school placements and attending the training days associated with the PGCE programme.

Contact and Independent Study

Students on this programme should expect to receive approximately 90 hours of contact time over the course of the programme. Due to the nature of this programme, the amount of independent self-study required will vary depending upon the individual circumstances of each student.

Foundations of Education (Primary) (Core)
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Foundations of Education (Primary) (Core)

This module is designed to develop knowledge and understanding in education to support trainee teachers in becoming reflective practitioners and effective teachers who can contribute to the wider educational context in which they will work.

The module aims to include an insight into the changes in education from past to present whilst looking to future change. Topics may also include: the role of primary schools; teachers and teaching; school ecology; pedagogy; curricula; student-teacher relationships; digital literacy; quality processes and standards; school cultures; inclusive educational policy and practice; special educational needs and disability; and the role of teaching assistants.

Researching Education (Primary) (Core)
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Researching Education (Primary) (Core)

This module is designed to develop an understanding of educational research. It aims to support the development of research and analytical skills that are useful in identifying and investigating issues that could be encountered in teaching.

The curriculum for this course has been designed to be integrated with QTS training through our partner primary schools. Therefore, throughout the year the context of the theory and research elements is designed to be driven by the elements of practice that are significant to trainee teachers during different phases of the year.

The module may include the current research approaches in education as well as reflecting on educational research. Topics may also include: analysing secondary data, research ethics, research design, qualitative interviewing, survey methods, case studies, observational methods, experimental methods, documentary analysis, ethnography, action research and qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Foundations of Education and Researching Education are generally both assessed through one assignment as well as a longer piece of written work which is normally based upon a research project.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

We are able to advise about the content of the course, however in the first instance admission to the course is through either:

St. George's Academy Partnership:

Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance (LTSA):

Interviews will be organised by and conducted at one of our partner schools. There may at times be an interview conducted at the University – this is normally an informal interview. Please contact our partner schools to find out more about the application process.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

Other Costs

Fees are set by our partner School Centred Initial Teacher Training providers.

St. George's Academy Partnership:

Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance (LTSA):

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Applicants may need a first or second class honours degree in a relevant subject.
Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Anita Backhouse

Anita Backhouse

Programme Leader

Anita is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education. Her doctoral research focused on the experiences of PGCE (Primary) students. Her other research interests relate to assessment in Higher Education contexts as well as cognitive development in science and mathematics. Her subject specialisms include: teacher education, science education, assessment, cognitive development, mobile technologies, pre-service teacher education.

Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

Students who complete this course may choose to continue within academia by studying for an MA in Education, EdD or PhD.

Students who complete this course alongside gaining qualified teacher status may embark on a career in teaching.


At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

The University of Lincoln’s city centre campus provides a modern student-centred community. Based on the picturesque Brayford Pool marina, everything students need is either on campus or a short walk away.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.