Primary PGCE

Course Structure

You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in schools and engage in 16 weeks of lectures, workshops and directed study time.

There are currently three written assignments and three blocks of teaching practice.

Trainees undertaking the general primary and early years pathways begin the taught course together, participating in a period of joint study in phase one. The programme is then tailored in phases two and three to target the specific needs of each group. All trainees successfully completing the academic and practical components of the course will be awarded a Primary Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on completion of their training. 


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Centre-based training sessions typically run from 9.30am through to 3.30pm with additional personal study required outside of these hours to meet the course requirements. 

During teaching practice blocks it is typically expected that trainees are in school between 8am and 5pm in order to prepare for the day and engage in all required planning, preparation, assessment and staff training activities. 

Effective organisation and time management is key to success on the programme. Tutors and mentors will provide support and guidance to ensure you use time efficiently and manage your workload effectively through this intense training year. 


Wandsworth SCITT is accredited by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) as an official provider of initial teacher training and makes the award of  QTS for the practical component of the programme.  

Kingston University validates the academic component of the PGCE course and awards the PGCE at the end of the programme. We work with the Kingston University team to moderate all aspects of the PGCE programme.

The General Primary Pathway (5-11)

This pathway is designed for those trainees wishing to specialise in KS1 and KS2 teaching.

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The Early Years Pathway (3-7)

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The Taught Course

University tutors, consultants from the Local Authority, independent subject specialists and outstanding classroom practitioners all contribute to the taught course.

The taught course is delivered both on-site in our training suite, as well as off-site at consortium schools.

The Taught Course supports your developing understanding of topics within the three course modules:

  • Primary Professional Practice

  • The Reflective Teacher

  • Perspectives on Policy, Practice and Professionalism for Teachers (PPPT)

The quality of the taught course is systematically evaluated via WPSC’s own self-evaluation processes which include regular feedback from trainees, school-based mentors, internal and external examiners and Ofsted.


Assessment of the Primary Professional Practice module is through observation of your practice by mentors and link tutors, and through the submission of a Professional Development Portfolio.

Assessment of the Reflective Teacher and PPPT modules is through the submission of related academic assignments.

Master's Level Study

In line with the government’s drive to produce a highly qualified teaching workforce, we are offering two modules of the taught course at Master’s level. Successful completion of these allows trainees to carry forward 60 credits (one third of an MA) towards an Education Master of Research (MRes) at Kingston University or any other participating university.

Skills of critical analysis are developed on the academic modules of the PGCE and trainees explore an aspect of educational policy and practice in-depth. 

Placement Schools

Placements are arranged on your behalf in consortium schools located across the Wandsworth Borough. 

It is important to note that you will not be matched with a school at the point of recruitment onto our course.  Instead, we get to know more about you during the induction period and can then assign you to a school which more accurately suits your needs. Typically, autumn placements are confirmed in late September and spring/ summer placements are confirmed in December. Typically, we will place you at schools which are new to you to ensure you gain experience across settings with varied approaches and needs. However, we will consider arranging a placement in a school which is familiar to you already, should that be beneficial to you and the school.